In the Makeshift Theater
5:00 pm Prelude Interview with Mark Doty & Eileen Myles
In the Sunken Garden
6:00 pm Eileen Myles performs
6:30 pm Performance by The Girls from Ruby Falls
7:15 pm Mark Doty performs
8:00 pm Book Signing
Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep Lane, Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, which won the 2008 National Book Award, and My Alexandria, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize in the UK. He is also the author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years, Firebird, and Heaven’s Coast, as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word. Doty has received two NEA fellowships, Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships, a Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Award and the Witter Byner Prize.
Eileen Myles is the author of nineteen books including I Must Be Living Twice: New & Selected Poems, and a reissue of Chelsea Girls. They are the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital art writers’ grant, a Lambda Book Award, the Shelley Prize from The Poetry Society of America, as well as being named to the Slate/Whiting Second Novel List. Currently, they teach at NYU and Naropa University and lives in Marfa, TX and New York.
Bluegrass poets with a musical tapestry of folk, storytelling, and Americana musical styles, The Girls from Ruby Falls are winners of Best New Band and Best Country\Americana at the 2016 Connecticut Music Awards. Heather Faye is the winner of CTM Best Folk 2015 and Best Singer Songwriter 2016, and Sarah Lemieux is the winner of Best Jazz 2014/15/16 and Album of the Year 2015. The two have also achieved film placements, a show at Google headquarters and a spot on a compilation between Bono and Bruce Springsteen.
Hill-Stead Museum’s renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is a unique outdoor arts event located on the grounds of this National Historic Landmark in the heart of Farmington. The community cherishes this series of readings and music concerts in the informal outdoor setting of the Hill-Stead estate.
Visitors can come early to tour the museum’s world-class Impressionist art collection, walk the trails, or attend the prelude conversations with headlining poets. Picnics are welcome and food and wine can be purchased from festival vendors. Guests bring their own chairs and blankets and relax among the flower beds in the historic Sunken Garden, surrounded by eight foot stone walls and the sounds of nature.
Purchase tickets here. $12 advance online purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free. Parking is free.
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 see Live Poets Society Benefits 2017
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.