2011 Programs

The Big Read Kick-off!
Saturday, April 2, 2011

11:30 am Launch of "Poems Around Town"
Lawn of the Emily Dickinson Museum (confirmed on April 2--weather is good enough!)

Throughout the Big Read, encounter Dickinson poems in unexpected places as fifteen businesses and organizations in downtown Amherst host one of her verses.  The poems are also read aloud as part of a cell phone audio experience.  Join us for light refreshments and short speeches celebrating Dickinson's legacy as we host the official beginning of "Poems Around Town."  Click here for a complete list of poems and a link to a map!

 Visiting Emily cover
Sheila Coghill
 Sheila Coghill
Thom Tammaro
Thom Tammaro

2 pm  Visiting Emily:  The Poetic Legacy of Emily Dickinson
Large Meeting Room, Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst

Thom Tammaro and Sheila Coghill, editors of Visiting Emily: Poems inspired by the life & work of Emily Dickinson, will read selections from their anthology and discuss Dickinson's poetic legacy with poets Peggy O'Brien and Richard Wilbur

Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro are on the faculty of Moorhead State University in Moorhead, Minnesota.  Coghill is Professor and Chair of the Department of English, and directs its Master of Liberal Arts program. Tammaro is Professor of English and director of the MFA program in Creative Writing. His poems, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines and has published two full-length collections of poems, Holding on for Dear Life and When the Italians Came to My Home Town, a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and two chapbooks, 31 Mornings in December and Minnesota Suite.  In addition to Visiting Emily (2000), Coghill and Tammaro have co-edited several other anthologies of poetry inspired by specific poets, including Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and, most recently, William Carlos Williams.

Peggy O’Brien is the editor of the Wake Forest Book of Irish Women’s Poetry and a member of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sudden Thaw (2004) and Frog Spotting (2009).

Richard Wilbur’s most recent collection of poems, Anterooms, was published in 2010.  Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and United States poet laureate in 1987, Wilbur currently co-teaches a course on poetry at his alma mater, Amherst College.

Due to inclement weather, poet Alice Fulton is unable to join the program as originally advertised.

All Big Read programs are free. For other Big Read programs at the Emily Dickinson Museum, click here.  For more information about other 2011 events at the Museum, visit our Events page.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.  The Emily Dickinson Museum is one of 75 non-profit organizations throughout the United States to receive a grant to host a Big Read project this year. The Big Read gives local communities the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate together one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature.  For more information about The Big Read, visit www.neabigread.org.