2011 Programs

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Saturday, September 24, 2011
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon

Time:  7 am-???
Location:  The Emily Dickinson Museum
Fee: none

Emily Dickinson lovers of all ages are invited to join the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a daylong marathon reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson. The event, which is sponsored annually by the Emily Dickinson Museum, will take place from 7 a.m. to approximately 11 p.m. at the Dickinson Homestead. All are welcome to participate in the free event as a reader, a listener, or both! Stay for just a single poem or join us for the entire day.

Whether you’re a longtime Emily Dickinson fan or someone hoping to experience her work for the first time, the marathon is the perfect chance to engage with Dickinson’s poetry in the place where she composed it. Attracting poets, writers, journalists, children, college students, families, teachers, poetry lovers and even people who thought they didn’t like poetry, the event is an excellent opportunity to become freshly connected to Dickinson’s poetry. Anyone interested in reading during the marathon is especially encouraged to attend. All readers receive a special marathon bib, just like participants in road races and other sporting events! Greg Mattingly, a devoted participant of past marathons, says, "Don’t just read Emily Dickinson, join in the Marathon and experience her!"

All readers receive a special marathon bib, just like participants in road races and other sporting events! Readers who arrive at the Museum between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. will receive a "coffee break" special--a discount coupon for The Black Sheep Deli in Amherst. Readers who arrive between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. will receive a "pick-me-up" special--a discount at Bart's Ice Cream in Amherst.  

The text used for the marathon is The Poetry of Emily Dickinson, Reading Edition, ed. R. W. Franklin (1999), published by Harvard University Press.  A limited number of copies are available for marathon readers to share; participants are most welcome and, indeed, encouraged to bring a copy--or to purchase one in the Museum's shop.

For information on how you can participate as a reader in the marathon, please e-mail csdickinson@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.