2011 Programs

Alice Fulton

Alice Fulton

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Alice Fulton:  A Poetry Reading

3 p.m.
Pruyne Lecture Hall
Fayerweather Hall (click for directions)
Amherst College
No charge

On Saturday, November 12, the Emily Dickinson Museum presents poet Alice Fulton in a reading of her own work and selections from Emily Dickinson’s poetry.  The free program will take place at 3 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall in Fayerweather Hall on the Amherst College campus.  A reception and booksigning will follow.

Alice Fulton is the Ann S. Bowers Professor of English at Cornell University. Recently recognized with an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature “to honor exceptional accomplishment,” Fulton has authored eight books, including The Nightingales of Troy: Connected Stories; Cascade Experiment: Selected Poems; and Felt, which received the Bobbitt Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Antioch Review, Fifth Wednesday, and Kenyon Review.

A long-time reader of Emily Dickinson’s poetry, Fulton once told an interviewer that she has been “influenced by Dickinson from her earliest days of writing poetry.”  Although Fulton’s writing differs from Dickinson’s, scholar Cristanne Miller notes that “Like Dickinson, Fulton makes us see the pomposity, the ridiculousness, and fragility of our beliefs, hopes, and attitudes as well as the sometimes terrible wonder of human interaction and the universe beyond ourselves.” 

Fittingly, Fulton’s first award for her own work was the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America (in 1980). Other honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacArthur Foundation.

Directions and Parking Information

Fayerweather Hall is located near Route 9 (College Street) on the Amherst College campus.   For directions to the Amherst College campus and an array of campus maps, visit this link:  https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/visiting/map.  The closest parking lot is the Alumni Lot, located between College Street and Main Street (the Museum's street), about one block from the Emily Dickinson Museum.  If you have additional questions, please call 413-542-8429 or 413-542-2034.