2012 Programs

White Houses at Deerfield Academy, MA

courtesy Peter Krasznekiewicz

White houses with quotations from Emily Dickinson's writings (such as these shown at Deerfield Academy) will be on display at the Emily Dickinson Museum and adjacent properties from May 12 through the end of June.

Saturday, May 12, 2012*
Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk and
Opening of "The Little White House Project"

1 pm                Exhibit Opening and Remarks
1:30 pm   Poetry Walk through the Little White House Project
2:30-4 pm      Reception and Open House
3-4 pm            Open Mike
4 pm  Walk to Dickinsn's grave, West Cemetery

Fee:  none

The Emily Dickinson Museum will sponsor its annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk and Open House on Saturday, May 12.  This year's Walk coincides with the opening of the Little White House Project, a special art installation on the Museum grounds and adjacent properties (for more information about the installation, click here.) The Poetry Walk and Exhibition Opening are both free and open to the public.

The Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death on May 15, 1886. The 2012 Walk will differ somewhat from recent Poetry Walks.  In past years, the Walk has traveled through the Town of Amherst for poetry readings at different stops in town.  This year the Walk will stay closer to "home," proceeding through the White House exhibition, pausing to read the poems and letter excerpts associated with each White House. Peter Krasznekewicz, creator of the Little White House Project, is guest curator of the Walk.

The afternoon will begin with opening remarks about the exhibit at 1 pm.  The Poetry Walk will commence at the conclusion of those remarks (~1:30 pm).  The walk will circulate through the White Houses, with poems read by volunteers associated with the Emily Dickinson Museum and other exhibit partners. At the end of the walk, all participants are invited to a reception and Open House at the Homestead and The Evergreens. The Open House will continue until 4 pm.

At 3 pm, the Museum will host an “open mike” for writers to share material they have composed about or in honor of Emily Dickinson. Readers will include Everett Decker, Susan Snively, and Despina Crist.  Anyone interested in participating should contact the Museum at 413-542-8429.

The traditional walk to Dickinson’s grave will take place at 4 pm to bring to a conclusion the events marking the anniversary of Dickinson’s death. There participants can read Dickinson poems at her gravesite and offer a toast to the poet.

Admission to all events is free.

Programs and maps of the Walk and the exhibition will be available throughout the afternoon. 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.

*The University of Massachusetts-Amherst will host its annual commencement exercises during the weekend of May 12.  In planning your day, please allow extra time to get to and from Amherst.  For more information, visit www.masstraveler.com.

Event description updated 5/5/12