What are your plans for Earth Day? Saturday’s weather should be mild and cloudy in Buffalo, New York. But actually weather won’t be much of a concern if you decide to attend the Emily Dickinson Community Marathon Reading. From 8:00am to 9:30pm, local celebs, poets and other Emily fans will read all 1789 of Dickinson’s poems. Plus, from 1:00 to 1:30pm, there will be a break in the readings to celebrate Dickinson with song and comedy improvs!

That’s this Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church. It’s free and you do not need to register or contact anyone to participate. Just show up and join in the reading. More details here.

Swinging seal engraved Emily, Gold and citrine; English or American, ca. 1850. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

On exhibit now through May 28, 2017, at the Morgan Library & Museum is “I’m Nobody! Who are you? The Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson.” Bringing together nearly one hundred rarely seen items, including manuscripts and letters, I’m Nobody! Who are you? — a title taken from her popular poem — is the most ambitious exhibition on Dickinson to date. It explores a side of her life that is seldom acknowledged: one filled with rich friendships and long-lasting relationships with mentors and editors.

The exhibition closely examines twenty-four poems in various draft states, with corresponding audio stops. In addition to her writings, the show also features an array of visual material, including hand-cut silhouettes, photographs and daguerreotypes, contemporary illustrations, and other items that speak to the rich intellectual and cultural environment in which Dickinson lived and worked.

Accompanying the exhibition is a variety of gallery talks, discussions, tours, a concert (Tuesday, March 21, 2017) — In Poetry and Song: An Evening with Patti Smith and Jesse Paris Smith — a film, workshop, and an audio selection of poems by Emily Dickinson read by contemporary poet Lee Ann Brown. A substantial amount of the exhibit is available online, with images of many of Dickinson’s draft pages, as well as audio and transcribed versions.

See the full details on The Morgan Library & Museum website.

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

for your watch list

March 11, 2016

A Quiet Passion

Based on the life and work of Emily Dickinson, the Terence Davies-directed film “A Quiet Passion” is on the festival circuit and expected to be released in September. The buzz is favorable. Read Richard Brody’s “A Masterly Emily Dickinson Movie” in The New Yorker and put “A Quiet Passion” on your watch list.

Alice and Emily

February 23, 2016

Parker and Dickinson

Be among the first to hear a premier work by 90-years-young American composer Alice Parker at “The Eternal Soul,” the spring performance of the Whatcom Chorale. Parker’s song cycle “Heavenly Hurt: Songs of Love and Loss” explores the profound and the ephemeral in poetry by Emily Dickinson. Additional selections by Brahms and Schubert promise lush, romantic harmonies to portray the conflicting moods of exuberance and hesitancy inspired by love.

The performance will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at 3:00pm, at the First Congregational Church in Bellingham, Washington.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets and at Village Books, Piper Music, Everybody’s Store, The Greenhouse, and the Food Co-Op stores. Tickets will be sold at the door if available.

taste of Emily

December 23, 2015

Emily DickinsonIf you are under the impression that Emily Dickinson labored over her poems and little else, you may be surprised to learn that, according to Greg Patent, Dickinson “prided herself on her skill as a cook.”

Co-host of “The Food Guys” on Montana Public Radio, Patent shares the poet’s recipe for “Black Cake,” a 19th-century sort of fruit cake, which, he says, she would have produced in quantity and baked in a milk pail. Read (or listen to the podcast of) Greg Patent’s article, “Poetry In Baking: Emily Dickinson’s Black Cake (Recipe)” and then try it yourself!
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Daguerreotype of the poet Emily Dickinson, taken circa 1848, from the Todd-Bingham Picture Collection and Family Papers, Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

Emily anew

November 7, 2015

Emily reworked

This is not the Emily Dickinson you’re used to. Yes, the words are there on screen, but they are spoken in Korean and animated in juicy color over a background of music and sautée. Watch, listen and read all about it thanks to The Atlantic Monthly.

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