March 3, 2016 Amherst Art Walk and Poetry Night

The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in the Amherst Art Walk on first Thursdays monthly from 5-8PM. Each month enjoy a one-night-only art exhibit, a poetry open mic, and featured readers. The Art Walk is just one way the Museum is bringing local contemporary talent into Emily Dickinson’s creative space. All events are free and open to the public.

5-8PM Art in the Homestead by Nancy Meagher

5-6PM Poetry open mic sign-ups

6-7PM Poetry open mic

7PM Featured reader, Nina Shallman

7:20PM Featured reader, Lori Desrosiers

Nancy Meagher is an Amherst-based painter who continues to be inspired by Dickinson's poetry and the physical trappings of her daily life. Meagher's exhibit will lead visitors through the Museum with art and stanzas of connecting poetry. In Meagher's works of oil and charcoal, Dickinson's new wallpaper comes to life, her poetry moves about her in cyclones of thought, and the 'cocoon' of the Homestead gives way to 'teasing color.'

Nina Shallman Portrait

Featured reader, Nina Shallman is a 20-year-old singer-songwriter, musician and poet. A native of Southern California, Nina is a student at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  In her freshman year, she was selected as one of only two students to represent the school at the 2015 Five College PoetryFest, an annual spring event celebrating undergraduate poets from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, Smith, and UMass Amherst. Nina is currently a candidate for the Glascock Poetry Prize.

Lori Derosiers Portrait

Featured reader, Lori Desrosierspoetry books are The Philosopher’s Daughter, published by Salmon Poetry in 2013, a chapbook, Inner Sky is from Glass Lyre Press and a second full-length book of poems, Sometimes I Hear the Clock Speak will be out from Salmon in April, 2016. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is editor of Naugatuck River Review, a journal of narrative poetry. She teaches Literature and Composition at Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College, and Poetry in the Interdisciplinary Studies program for the Lesley University M.F.A. graduate program.