2011 Programs

Poetry Walk starts in Homestead garden
The Poetry Walk begins in the Homestead garden.

Saturday, May 14, 2011*
Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk
Dickinson in Translation

Part of the Big Read

Time:  1 pm (Open House from 3-4 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 14, 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.

Dickinson's poetry has been translated into many languages around the world, including Spanish, French, German, Danish, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Members of the Amherst community will participate as readers.  The 2011 Poetry Walk will celebrate Dickinson's renown throughout the world as Dickinson's poems are read in both English and other languages. 

The Walk begins at 1 pm in the Homestead garden and proceeds 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.  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

1:00 pm  Dickinson Homestead garden, 280 Main Street
1:20 pm  Amherst Train Station, Railroad Street
1:40 pm  Front steps of the Evergreens, 214 Main Street
2:00 pm  Front lawn of the Amherst History Museum, 67 Amity Street
2:20 pm  Parking lot behind Zanna, 187 North Pleasant Street (next to Ren’s Mobil Service, site of Dickinson’s home)
2:30 pm  Dickinson’s grave site, West Cemetery, Triangle Street 

*The University of Massachusetts-Amherst will host its annual commencement exercises on Friday, May 13.  In planning your day, please allow extra time to get to and from Amherst.  For more information, visit www.masstraveler.com.


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.