2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Celebrate Poetry at Hill-Stead

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One of Hill-Stead’s most popular annual events is the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Now entering its 29th year, this one-of-a-kind event continues to celebrate poets laureate, Pulitzer Prize winners, and prestigious award recipients.

The community cherishes this annual series of readings and music performances on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington, CT.

Our 2021 Festival will take place on the West Lawn where attendees will be properly socially distanced. Bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic. Inspired by the surroundings, many attendees take the opportunity to write their own poetry and prose, lingering after dusk to finish their poems and conversations.

Seating is limited and advance purchase of admission is strongly encouraged. Don’t fret if you cannot be there in person. You can tune in from the comfort of your home with a Livestream presentation as it happens.

Hill-Stead is proud to make the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival accessible to all. Learn More


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Live Poet’s Society

We need your donations to help us keep the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, one of the premier poetry events in the country, alive and well.  All gifts will directly support the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.

  • A gift of any amount is appreciated and will make an impact. Donate Now
  • Donors who gift $100 or more to the Live Poets Society receive special benefits including reserved priority seating for the 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. For more information, see Live Poets Society Benefits.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Ellen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust

The Goldfarb Family

Elizabeth M. Landon & Harriette M. Landon Charitable Foundation

With additional support from Becky & Tom Trutter and Hometown Foundation