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 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


Upcoming Events

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Nick Flynn

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Nick Flynn

The opening program of the 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features a musical performance, prelude poetry reading by the winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and a reading at 6pm by presenting poet Nick Flynn.

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10 September 2021 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Martín Espada

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Martín Espada

The second day of the 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival includes a poetry workshop, readings by and discussions with contributors to “The Poetry of Capital” (an anthology released in 2021), and a musical performance. At 6 pm, we conclude with presenting poet Martín Espada reading from his latest book, “Floaters” as well as his 9/11 poem “Alabanza.”

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11 September 2021 1:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Margaret Gibson

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Margaret Gibson

The closing day of the 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival includes a poetry workshop, readings by and discussions with contributors to “Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Change” (an anthology released in 2021), and a musical performance. At 6pm, we conclude with presenting poet and Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson, reading from her latest book “The Glass Globe.”

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12 September 2021 1:30 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 2021 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. For more information, see Live Poets Society Benefits.