FARMINGTON — Hill-Stead Museum’s Sunken Garden Poetry Festival 2019 features a roster of nationally-acclaimed poets, defining the five-event series as New England’s premiere poetry festival.
Opening night on June 19 kicks off the series with poet Claudia Rankine. The Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University in the departments of African American Studies and English, Rankine is author of five collections of poetry including “Citizen: An American Lyric” and “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.”
“We’re thrilled to present this superb cast of poets and musicians who will appear at Hill-Stead this summer,” said Sunken Garden Poetry Festival manager, Christine Petit. “The enthusiasm for Hill-Stead as a hub for poetry in the state continues to grow over the 27 years the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival has been presented. The program expands yearly as well, including music, writing workshops and prelude conversations with each of the poets.”
Since 1992, audiences have enjoyed artistic excellence, diversity and music among the fragrant blooms and rock walls of Hill-Stead’s Sunken Garden. The performance series has featured the likes of Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Juan Felipe Herrera and Tracy K. Smith; and has drawn annual audiences of more than 3,000.
In an effort to nurture the art of poetry for all, Hill-Stead sponsors annual poetry competitions nationwide for adults (The Sunken Garden Poetry Prize) and state-wide for high school students (Fresh Voices Student Poetry Competition). Winners at each level are featured during the Festival.
Tickets and more information are available at www.Hillstead.org. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the gate and free for students 18 and under. Parking is also free. Hill-Stead is located at 35 Mountain Road, Farmington.