Tell It Slant

September 6, 2021

Formerly known as the Amherst Poetry Festival, the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival is a free, annual celebration of the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson. The 2021 Festival, September 20-26, will be an entirely virtual event featuring workshops, panels, and readings, as well as the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an epic online reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems. You can see the schedule and registration information here.

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.


February 6, 2018

Each winter, Spare Room in Portland, Oregon, hosts a marathon reading, in which a booklength poem or series of texts is animated by a range of voices. For this year’s marathon, the text will be Utopia by Bernadette Mayer, which can be downloaded free at Tender Buttons.

As in recent years, the marathon will be held in the kitchen at Yale Union. It will begin at Noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018, and is estimated to wrap up about 5:00pm. You are invited to come and go as you like or to stay for the whole duration; feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. More at Spare Room.

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.

full of poetry?

January 7, 2015

Tupelo PressIf you’re just bursting with poems this month, you might want to step up to the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project. It’s “an extraordinary challenge and fundraiser for Tupelo Press, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) literary press. Each month, volunteer poets will run the equivalent of a ‘poetry marathon,’ writing 30 poems in 30 days, while the rest of us ‘sponsor’ and encourage them every step of the way.” You’d start with a seven-day handicap, but you’d join the four volunteer poets in supporting a worthwhile cause and earn the gratitude of Tupelo Press and readers everywhere. Interested? Contact Kirsten Miles: Tupelo Press is on Facebook, too.

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