2010 Programs

Emily Dickinson 's gravestone
Emily Dickinson's gravestone

Saturday, May 15, 2010*

Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk

Time:  1 pm (Open House at 3 pm)
Location:  Begins at the Emily Dickinson Museum
Fee:  none

The Emily Dickinson Museum will sponsor the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk and Open House on Saturday, May 15, at 1 p.m. The Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at six historic sites in Amherst. The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Walk will feature Dickinson poems that refer to flowers, gardens, landscape, and other aspects of nature. The theme honors "Emily Dickinson’s Garden," a special exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, on view from May 1 through June 13.

The Poetry Walk will begin at 1 p.m. in the Homestead garden and proceed through Amherst, stopping at sites significant in Dickinson’s life. The schedule is below.  The Walk ends at the poet's grave in West Cemetery. This year’s selection of poems will be read by volunteers from the audience. Anyone who would like to read one of the poems should arrive at the Homestead at 12:45 p.m. to receive an assignment; poems will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

After the Poetry Walk, the Museum will host an Open House from 3 to 4 p.m. The Homestead and The Evergreens will be open for self-guided tours during that time, and guides will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free.

Programs and maps of the Walk’s one-mile route will be available at the Museum. Participants are welcome to join the Walk at any point along the route. Those who wish to participate only in the cemetery reading should meet at the Dickinson grave in West Cemetery on Triangle Street at 2:30 p.m. 

Wheelchair accessible parking is available at the Homestead; all other vehicles are asked to park on the street or in an Amherst College lot on Spring Street. For more information about accessibility, call 413-542-8429.

Walk Schedule

1 p.m.        Dickinson Homestead garden, 280 Main Street
1:20 p.m.  Amherst Train Station, Railroad Street
1:40 p.m.  Front steps of the Evergreens, 214 Main Street
2 p.m.        Front lawn of the Amherst History Museum, 67 Amity Street
2:20 p.m.   Parking lot behind Zanna, 187 North Pleasant Street (next to Ren’s Mobil Service, site of Dickinson’s home)
2:30 p.m.   Dickinson’s grave site, West Cemetery, Triangle Street 

*The University of Massachusetts-Amherst will host its annual commencement exercises on Saturday, May 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  This event will affect traffic.  In planning your day, please allow extra time to get to and from Amherst.  For more information, visit www.masstraveler.com.