Amherst Arts Night Plus Open Mic, Reading, and One-Night Art Exhibit

Daniel Chiaccio

Join us Thursday, September 7, from 5-8 pm during Amherst Arts Night Plus for a musical performance, open mic, poetry reading, and one-night art exhibit!

This month, we are featuring poet Anisha Pai, artist Daniel Chiaccio, and musician Etienne Perley.   Etienne will perform on the panpipes from 5:30 - 6:00pm. Open mic signups are from 5-6 pm, and the open mic begins at 6 pm in the Homestead parlor, with the featured poet following. All are encouraged to share written word, music, and performance, or to lend a friendly ear!

Anisha Pai is a poet of Indian origin who grew up in Qatar. A member of the class of  '19 at Mount Holyoke College, after winning the Glascock Poetry prize last April and finding an eclectic world of poets in the pioneer valley, Anisha can't stop looking for new ways to nuance language & understand the movement of culture.


Daniel Chiaccio is a printmaker and illustrator from Western Massachusetts. He has a BA from the New Hampshire Institute of Art and has interned at Zea Mays Printmaking in Northampton, MA. He is a shop technician and teaches courses in various forms of printmaking. Daniel’s work has been exhibited all across New England and internationally in Italy, Korea and Wales. 


Etienne Perley is an accomplished siku player (panpipes) and vocalist. He has performed extensively across New England and the Eastern United States. Performance Highlights include appearances with the Andean groups Inkas Wasi and Inca Son at venues such as the Shalin Liu in Rockport, Maine or the Fryeburg Fair in Maine. Etienne has also performed for the Peruvian communities of Tampa and Orlando, Florida. During the summer months Etienne can often be found performing around Boston or Amherst Massachusetts.

Etienne is a graduate of the Berkshire Hills Music Academy in South Hadley, MA, and has performed extensively with the BHMA Troupe. His lead vocals and instrumental playing can be found on many of their promotional recordings. 

Etienne was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Cambridge, MA. He currently lives and enjoys the music scene in and around Amherst, MA. Etienne is currently working on his debut album which will be released in October, 2017.

About guest artists at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.