2022 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at 30: Modern Muses

Join us for the 30th anniversary of the SGPF, on this auspicious anniversary which coincides with the 75th anniversary of Hill-Stead, we are honored to present the festival this year through the distinct theme: Modern Muses. We are overjoyed to have such wonderful community participation with incredible longevity of service and enjoyment of the festival. We are also excited by the next phases of the SGPF in the years to come. As such, we welcome poetry lovers of all ages and experience to join us for the events below. This year’s festival has a series of events including panels, workshops, and social events along with our annual reading events.

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.

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Events

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ge-ODE-Caching

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ge-ODE-Caching

Looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon? Try Ge-ODE-caching, a Sunken Garden Poetry Festival twist on geocaching.

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28 August 2022 August 28 - October 7
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – State of Poetry in CT Panel

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – State of Poetry in CT Panel

This panel discussion includes local poets, Frederick-Douglass Knowles, Luisa Caycedo-Kimura, Benjamin Grossberg, and John Murillo.

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28 August 2022 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – John Murillo

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – John Murillo

The opening program of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival features headline poet John Murillo, along with Matt Donovan; Emily Carlson, winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Poetry Prize; and a musical performance by Among the Acres.

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28 August 2022 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Legacy Film Night

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Legacy Film Night

For 30 years, Hill-Stead has been bringing in incredible poets to read at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. All of our readings have been faithfully documented by Morrow Jones with assistance from Simsbury Community Television. Join us for a highlight reel of our notable readers.

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18 September 2022 7:00 PM
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poetry and Pets for Kids

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poetry and Pets for Kids

Enjoy a drop-in activity where families can compose poems to celebrate their four-legged companions! Bring a photo of your pet (leashed dogs welcome) and create a rhyme to immortalize your love.

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25 September 2022 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop

Students will experience the masterworks of the Hill-Stead collection through the lens of poetry.

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02 October 2022
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Rennie McQuilkin

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Rennie McQuilkin

This evening features headline poet Rennie McQuilkin and a memorial to David K. Leff.

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02 October 2022 3:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poems & Pints

Sunken Garden Poetry Festival – Poems & Pints

Join us for a fun night of beer and cheer. While enjoying tastings from local breweries, attendees can listen to the open mic of slam poetry.

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07 October 2022 7:00 PM - 9:00 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

Our grateful thanks to the following sponsors who help to make the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival possible.