Hill-Stead 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 the 2021 anthology Waking Up to the Earth: Connecticut Poets in a Time of Global Change, moderated by Margaret Gibson; and a musical performance. We conclude with presenting poet and Connecticut Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson, reading from her latest book The Glass Globe.

The Festival will take place on Hill-Stead’s expansive and picturesque West Lawn, allowing attendees to be safely socially distanced. Seating will be limited, but a livestream ticket option is also available for those who may prefer to tune in from the comfort of home. Your admission allows you to enjoy all of the day’s activities (does not include admission to the workshop).

Please bring a blanket, chairs, and a picnic if you like.

Margaret Gibson, current State of Connecticut Poet Laureate, is the author of 13 books of poems, all from LSU Press, most recently Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, 2018. A new book, The Glass Globe, is forthcoming in August 2021. Awards include the Lamont Selection for Long Walks in the Afternoon, her second book (1982); the Melville Kane Award (co-winner) for Memories of the Future (1986); and the Connecticut Book Award for One Body (2008). The Vigil was a Finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry in 1993. Broken Cup was a Finalist for 2016 Poets’ Prize, and the title poem from the book won a Pushcart Prize for that year. “Passage,” from Not Hearing the Wood Thrush, was included in The Best American Poetry, 2017.  She has written a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter, University of Missouri Press, 2008. Gibson is Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut.