May 5, 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.

Event Schedule
5:00-8:00pm  Art in the Homestead  by local watercolorist, Victoria  Dickson 
5:00-6:00pm  Poetry Open Mic sign-ups  
6:00pm  Poetry Open Mic

Featured readers following open mic: Natalie Riquelmy and Wally Swist


Poet, Wally Swist

Wally Swist’s books include Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012); The Daodejing: A New Interpretation, with David Breeden and Steven Schroeder (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015); and Invocation (Lamar University Literary Press, 2015).  His poems have appeared in many publications, including Commonweal, North American Review, Rattle, Sunken Garden Poetry, 1992-2011 (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), and upstreet.  Garrison Keillor recently read a poem of Swist’s on the national radio program The Writer’s Almanac. 

Natalie Riquelmy is a senior at Mount Holyoke College, with a major in Africana Studies and a minor in Theatre Arts. Within her major she concentrates on Artivism, the basis for her senior thesis which revolves around written and performance poetry as tools of social justice. She has performed at open mics and cultural events throughout the 5 College area and has published work in A Call to Consciousness, an anthology produced by Mount Holyoke’s Conscious Poets Society. Natalie also co-organizes an open mic for youth in Springfield, MA called Ignite the Mic through MHC’s Community Based Learning Program. She intends to pursue an M.F.A in Creative Writing post-graduation and continue to work in youth development and empowerment.