Sunken Garden Poetry Video Library

Welcome to the Sunken Garden Poetry Video Library!

With video recordings from Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the Sunken Garden Poetry Video Library features performances by Pulitzer-Prize winners, rising stars in the world of poetry and students who won acclaim in Hill-Stead’s own Fresh Voices Poetry Competition.

  • Hill-Stead Museum presents other poetry readings throughout the year, including our Live Poet’s Society Eve of Poetry nights held in the library of the historic house.  For video of these readings, see Other Poetry Video.
  • Visit Simsbury TV for excerpts from previous years of the Sunken Garden Poetry.
This site is an ongoing project and new material will continue to be added.  Please check back often.

2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Video

Watch readings from the 2016 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Festival Poets included:
  • Heather McHugh & Suzanne Parker
  • Brian Turner & Doug Anderson
  • Edward Hirsch & Clare Rossini
  • Juan Felipe Herrera, United States Poet Laureate & Peg Boyers
  • Kwame Dawes and the winners of the Fresh Voices Poetry Competition

2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Video

Watch readings from the 2015 Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Festival Poets included:
  • Ted Kooser
  • Hadara Bar-Nadav
  • Marie Howe, Ciaran Berry
  • Vijay Seshadri
  • Ravi Shakar
  • Li-Young Lee
  • Tina Chang
  • Natalie Diaz
  • Aja Monet
  • Fresh Voices Poetry Competition Winners

2014 Sunken Garden Poetry Video


With readings by Kevin Young, Penelope Pelizzon, Frank Bidart, Ben Grossberg, Alicia Ostriker, John Stanizzi, Jeffrey Harrison, Ted Larder and Aimee Nezhukumatathil

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