2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Celebrate Poetry at Hill-Stead

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 and attendees will be properly socially distanced in clearly marked pods. 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


Upcoming Events

Celebration of Young Poets

Celebration of Young Poets

This evening at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features readings by Chen Chen and the winners of the Fresh Voice Poetry Competition. In-person and livestream tickets are available.

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23 June 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Nick Flynn

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Nick Flynn

This evening at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features Nick Flynn

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10 September 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets on the Almighty Dollar

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets on the Almighty Dollar

This evening at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features poem-writing workshops, a panel discussion, and readings by contributors to The Poetry of Capital, an anthology released in 2021.

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11 September 2021 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets and the Earth

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poets and the Earth

The day will include poetry workshops and readings by a selection of poets from Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Climate Crisis, a new anthology. 

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12 September 2021 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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 2020 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. For more information, see Live Poets Society Benefits.