with the winners of the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition
Music by Merritt Gibson
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Picnics are welcome and food and wine can also be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs, blankets and sun hats and claim a spot among the flower beds, surrounded by eight-foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.
For reserved seating with chairs and VIP parking, please join The Live Poets Society.
For additional poetry events, see our Calendar.
1 pm Student Writing Workshop
5 pm Prelude Interview
6 pm Fresh Voices Student Winners
6:30 pm Music by Merritt Gibson
7 pm Elizabeth Acevedo
8 pm Book Signing
Season Pass | $65
Individual Tickets Online | $15
Individual Tickets at the Gate|$20
Children under 18 | FREE
Parking is always free.
Accessibility at the SGPF
Hill-Stead is proud to make the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival accessible. Wheelchair ramps are available, and many volunteers are on hand to assist the mobility impaired. An accessible section is reserved close to the main stage, and a large-print edition of the program book is available on-site.
Hill-Stead makes every effort to ensure that deaf and hard-of-hearing people feel welcome. ASL interpreters are provided at the main Poetry stage (depending on interpreter availability) or by request in advance at by calling 860-677-4787 x111.
Elizabeth Acevedo received the 2018 National Book Award for her New York Times bestselling novel, THE POET X. She is also National Poetry Slam Champion, the winner of the Boston-Globe Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction and the author of the chapbook Beastgirl & Other Origin Myths. Acevedo holds a BA in Performing Arts from The George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband
Thank you to our sponsors
Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation