May 14, 2016: Annual Poetry Walk

The Emily Dickinson Museum will hold the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk and Friends' Day on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
Event is free and open to all.

Poetry Walk attendees, 2015

Poetry Walk
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

The Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at six historic sites in Amherst. This spring’s Walk will feature Dickinson’s works inspired by and alluding to the plays of William Shakespeare. Those who are interested in learning more about Dickinson's connections to Shakespeare may wish to take our special new tour, The Poet and The Bard, offered on Sunday mornings in May. 

The Poetry Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Homestead garden and proceeds through Amherst, stopping at sites significant in Dickinson’s life, and concluding at the poet’s grave in West Cemetery.  At the cemetery, participants are invited to join in the traditional light-hearted toast to The Poet and to read a favorite Dickinson poem.  The walk lasts about one hour. 

This year’s selection of poems will be read by volunteers from the audience. All who would like to read should arrive at the Homestead at 10:15 a.m. to receive an assignment; poems will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wheelchair accessible parking is available at the Homestead; all other vehicles are asked to park on the street or use town parking downtown, a short walk from the Museum. For more information about accessibility, call 413-542-2034.

This program is part of a series surrounding the traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare from the Folger Shakespeare Library in DC, on view in May at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Amherst College is the only location in Massachusetts to host the original First Folio as part of a national exhibition celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare. To find out more about the programs surrounding First Folio! click here

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the support of, Vinton and Sigrid Cerf, the British Council, and other generous donors.

Friends Luncheon
12 p.m. 

Our Friends luncheon for Museum members begins at 12:00 p.m. at the Alumni House at Amherst College following the annual Poetry Walk. Reservations for the luncheon are required. To reserve your place and/or to become a member, please contact or 413-542-5084.