Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead

August 6, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd
Farmington, CT 06032
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Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead welcomes back beloved poet Mark Doty, New York Times bestseller and National Book Award winner. Doty will be joined by acclaimed poet Eileen Myles, with musical guests The Girls from Ruby Falls.

In the Makeshift Theater

5 pm          Prelude Interview with Mark Doty & Eileen Myles

In the Sunken Garden

6 pm           Eileen Myles performs
6:30 pm     Performance by The Girls from Ruby Falls
7:15 pm     Mark Doty performs
8 pm           Book Signing

For additional Poetry Events, see our Calendar.


  • $12 advance online purchase, $15 at the gate, ages 18 and under free.
  • Tickets for opening night are $20 advance online and $25 at the gate.
  • Parking is always free.



  • Al fresco dining is allowed on the grounds.
  • Festival attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic suppers.
  • Food, wine and other beverages may also be purchased on site from gourmet food vendors.

Mark Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including Deep LaneFire 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 YearsFirebird, 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 non-fiction, 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 winner of CTM Best Folk 2015 and Best Singer Songwriter 2016, and Sarah Lemieux is 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.


Thank you to our sponsors!