Black and white postcard depicting a photograph of the Dickinson Homestead

Postcard verso:

Did you ever imagine all of this,
even for a second? Happy

a handmade postcard depicting Dickinson, lost in thought, with a wren perched on her shoulder

Postcard verso: 

Dear Ms. Em, 

I’ll confess that when I 1st met you, 
I didn’t like you. Death, flies,
symbolism, spinsterhood…oh how my
high school teachers exalted in the 
bleak, the desolate, the alone. But
then one day…30 or 40 years later—
I came upon one of your poems
and found such joy, music,
life. And love. Over and over
again. An the breadth and depth
of you. Thank you. Thank you.
Thank you. Jennifer

Virtual Poetry Walk Registration – Closes 12pm May 14

Please use the following form to register for the Virtual Poetry Walk, held May 15, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm EST.
Upon your successful registration, you will receive a thank you message. The Museum will e-mail the program link and any reading assignments to participants by 5pm EST on May 14, 2020.

Registration for this program is closed.

Questions? Please write

Studio Session Request Form

When choosing your preferred and second choice date, please note that studio sessions are scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. In March through May, sessions are offered between 9AM – 11AM or 4:30PM – 6:30PM. In June through August, sessions are offered between 8AM – 10AM and 5PM – 7PM. 

Appointment availability is limited; appointments are are scheduled at the discretion of Museum staff. 

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Amherst Poetry Festival Workshop Registration

Pre-registration is strongly suggested for the following Festival Workshops:

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Drawing Poems and Writing Pictures: A Workshop for Children and Adults
  • Saturday, September 21
  • Location TBA

In this family-friendly workshop, multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo will warmly welcome and guide participants to draw pictures and write new poems. Multicultural and multilingual children’s books, such Francisco Alarcón’s Poems to Dream Together, will inspire participants of all ages and stages to create images and poems using their family or heart language(s). At the end, María Luisa will encourage participants to share their new work. 

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “I See What You’re Saying”: A Poetry and Visual Arts Collaboration Workshop
  • Saturday, September 21
  • Location TBA

If a poet creates pictures with words, and an artist tells stories with images, what narrative possibilities emerge when the two work in tandem? This dynamic workshop will share inspiration, strategies, and prompts for creating imagery in response to words, creating words in response to imagery, and experimenting with the real-time collaborative high jinks of mixing the two. Participants will look at highlights from landmark collaborations by Frank O’Hara and Larry Rivers, Anne Carson and Bianca Stone. This workshop is perfect for all levels in either writing or visual art. Participants will leave feeling electrified by new ways of thinking and creating and with an original visual/verse piece! 

Please fill out the form below to secure your space. You will receive a success message once your form has submitted. An Amherst Poetry Festival representative will contact you via email with a confirmation and more information.

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