festival season

September 10, 2020

The 2020 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival) is a free event that celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts) and beyond. This year’s festival will be held remotely, and will take place September 14-20, 2020.

The schedule is out now and includes headliners Ada Limón, Jericho Brown, Kimaya Diggs, Franny Choi, Shayla Lawson, and as is tradition, the Emily Dickinson Marathon.

Space is limited, so make sure to sign up for individual programs in advance.

today in Amherst

September 22, 2018

Today, Saturday, September 22, 2018, in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson lovers of all ages are contributing their voices to the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a day-long marathon reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson. Now in its 14th year, the Marathon is the cornerstone event of the Amherst Poetry Festival, which celebrates the literary legacy of the Pioneer Valley. The Marathon will take place from 6:00am to approximately 9:00pm at the Emily Dickinson Museum.

Emily Dickinson silhouette

Today, May 15, 2016, marks the 130th anniversary of Emily Dickinson’s death. In case you missed it, “The Lost Gardens of Emily Dickinson” appeared in the Science section of The New York Times this week, describing the work underway in the gardens, orchard and greenhouse at Dickinson’s home in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Archaeologists are examining the property for clues about the position and contents of the poet’s garden, which the Emily Dickinson Museum hopes to restore by the end of the year. This project offers more than the re-creation of a pretty site. As author Ferris Jabr says of Dickinson’s combined interests in botany and poetry, “Her passion for all things botanical is essential for a complete understanding of her personality, spirituality and verse.”

Read the article.

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Silhouette of Emily Dickinson cut by Charles Temple, 1845

seeing Emily…

January 8, 2013

Dickinson - But are not all factsWe know her from that photograph of the slender, serious young woman, from pictures of her house and her room and the town of Amherst. Of course we know the fat volume of spare lines.

Still, we puzzle at all that’s unknown of her life and story. Now another window opens on Emily Dickinson as Amherst College brings the Emily Dickinson archive to public view. Scanned images of manuscripts, fragments, the little that remains, stunning to see, in her own hand. Visit the archives.
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But are not all facts dreams – fragment on envelope
Thanks to Harriet for the good news.

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