Sunken Garden Poetry Festival

Ed Hirsch & Clare Rossini

Music: Lords of Liechtenstein

Ed Hirsch
Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. He was born in Chicago in 1950—his accent makes it impossible for him to hide his origins—and educated at Grinnell College and the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. in Folklore. Edward Hirsch’s first collection of poems, For the Sleepwalkers (1981), received the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award from New York University and the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His second collection, Wild Gratitude (1986), won the National Book Critics Award.  Since then, he has published six additional books of poems.

Clare Rossini
Clare Rossini has published 3 collections, the most recent of which is Lingo.  Work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, and the Best American Poetry series and has been featured on NPR and the BBC.   She is Artist-in-Residence in the English Department at Trinity College in Hartford.

Admission: $12 advance on-line purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free. Parking is free.

Tickets & Season Passes:

Seating: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating in and around the garden, or join Hill-Stead’s Live Poets Society to receive premier reserved seating.  To join Live Poets Society, contact Kirsten Fuchs at 860-677-4787, x181, or visit

Food: Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds.  Festival attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers or purchase food, wine and other beverages on site from gourmet food vendors.