2013 Programs

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
"'I Told My Soul to Sing'"

Time:  4:30 pm
Location:  Emily Dickinson Museum.
Due to space limitations, please call 413-542-2034 or e-mail info@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to reserve a seat.
Fee: no charge

A talk by Kristin LeMay, author of "I told my Soul to sing": Finding God with Emily Dickinson. Many readers think that Emily Dickinson rejected religion and wanted nothing to do with God. And yet her poetry and life tell a deeper story. Looking closely at twenty-five rare and resonant poems, LeMay's book reveals how Dickinson occasionally believed, thoughtfully doubted, and in her divine wrestling, met God. In chapters on belief, prayer, mortality, immortality, and beauty, Kristin LeMay uncovers the riches of Dickinson’s spiritual life and tells of her own search for God between the lines of the poems Dickinson called “hymns.”  LeMay will base her talk on her book.  Following the talk, she will be available for conversation and a book-signing.

Kristin LeMay studied at Harvard Divinity School and Harvard Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Her translation of François Bovon’s Last Days of Jesus was published by Westminster / John Knox Press. Previous work has appeared in TriQuarterly, Harvard Theological Review, The Cresset, and other magazines. She teaches writing at Ohio University in the Appalachian foothills.