Past Virtual Programs Archive

Missed an online program? No fear! Rewatch a selection of archived programs here.

Tell It Slant Poetry Festival 2020 

Behind the Scenes with Emily Dickinson at the Frost Library’s Special Collections
September 14, 12-1:15pm
A very special behind the scenes look at the holdings of Amherst College Frost Library’s Special Collections Head of Archives and Special Collections, Mike Kelly.

 

Black Lives and Black Poetics Matter: A Reading and Discussion curated by Faraday Publishing
September 17, 7:30pm
An evening of vibrant poetry and dialogue on the vitality and importance of Black Lives and Black Poetics in contemporary America. Moderated by Enzo Silon Surin, founder and director of Faraday Publishing, and featuring leading Black poets, scholars, and educators, including Dr. Tony Medina, Bonita Lee Penn, Lisa Pegram, and Dr. Shauna Morgan.

 

Franny Choi
September 18, 7-8:45pm
Festival headliner, Franny Choi, wraps up Open Mic night with a reading from her recently published book, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019), and selected newly written works. This recording began after the open mic concluded.

 

Festival Headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown with Music by Kimaya Diggs
September 19, 7pm
Singer-songwriter Kimaya Diggs, brings you new original settings of Dickinson poems live from the poet’s bedroom, and headliners Ada Limón and Jericho Brown read from their work and discuss their poetic practice and inspiration.

 

Behind the Scenes with Emily Dickinson at the Jones Library’s Special Collections
September 20, 9-10:15am
A very special behind the scenes look at the holdings of the Jones Library’s Special Collections in Amherst, Massachusetts. Head of Special Collections, Cyndi Harbeson.

 

 

Amherst Arts Nights Virtual Readings

During the pandemic, the Emily Dickinson Museum is celebrating monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus with remote poetry readings every first Thursday at 6:30pm (EST).

October 2020
Readings from Rage Hezekiah, Brionne Janae, and Taylor Johnson. (content warning: some adult language throughout, sexuality at 15:15)

 

September 2020
Readings from Kathryn Holzman, Cheryl J. Fish, and Eileen P. Kennedy.

 

August 2020
Readings from Rebecca Hart Olander, Leah Umansky, and Omotara James.

 

July 2020
Readings from Michael Mercurio, Hannah Larrabee, and Nathan McClain.

 

June 2020
Readings from Eliza Brewer, Kalidas Shanti, Brenna Macaray, Kiera Alventosa, Anna Plummer, and Haoran Tong.

 

May 2020
Readings from Rosie McMahan, Rich Puchalsky, Marian Kent, Lanette Sweeney, Eileen P. Kennedy, Howie Faerstein, Brooks Robards, Linda Bratcher, Michael Favala Goldman, Lori Desrosiers.

 

 

Other Programs

Martha Ackmann Virtual Book Talk and Q&A, August 16, 2020
A virtual reading and Q&A with Martha Ackmann, author of the recently released These Fevered Days (W.W. Norton, 2020).

 

Summer in the Poet’s Garden with Marta McDowell, July 17, 2020
Marta McDowell, master gardener, landscape historian, and author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life takes viewers on a virtual stroll through the Homestead gardens.

 

Emily Dickinson Virtual Poetry Walk, May 15, 2020
A beloved annual tradition honoring the 134th anniversary of the poet’s death with readings of her poetry at historic sites around Amherst.

 

Join us for upcoming events.

Emilytober 2020 Gallery

We want to thank everyone who participated in #Emilytober this year! This gallery will continue to be updated through the month of October, 2020, as more pieces roll in. Enjoy browsing through this fantastic collection of Emily-inspired art! 

 

 

Click on an image to see multiple pieces by an artist and full-sized images.

Handmade postcard depicting original print of Dickinson's face

Postcard front:
Let me not mar that perfect dream
By an auroral stain But so adjust my
daily night That it will come again.

35/35  DREAMER  J. Hamilton

Postcard verso:
Happy
Birthday
Emily!
Love,
Jim Hamilton
Marshfield, MA

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 edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org

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‘Before You Became Improbable,’ October 7-10, 2020

The immersive journey returns to the Emily Dickinson Museum in October after a sold-out 2018 run!

It took eight years of correspondence before T.W. Higginson arrived in Amherst to meet his elusive advisee, Emily Dickinson. Before You Became Improbable reimagines the day of that meeting, offering audience members an encounter with her words and poems in a remarkably personal theatrical experience.

Before You Became Improbable is not a stationary production, but a walking theatrical journey through downtown Amherst and the Dickinson grounds. Equipped with a special pair of headphones, audience members are guided through the show, following a path visible only to them. After a series of compelling encounters, the journey culminates in the Dickinson parlor, where participants will gather to share insights and experiences.

Before You Became Improbable is written and directed by Amherst Regional High School Performing Arts Department Head, John Bechtold, and produced by Wendy Kohler and the Emily Dickinson Museum. Designed as an experience for two people at a time, audience participants should come prepared with comfortable shoes, the willingness to walk for much of the show, and a venturesome spirit.

Our special thanks to our program partners: The Amherst Historical Society and Museum and the Town of Amherst.

More information and tickets coming soon!

A narrow Fellow in the Grass (1096)

A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Occasionally rides – 
You may have met him? Did you not
His notice instant is – 

The Grass divides as with a Comb – 
A spotted Shaft is seen,
And then it closes at your Feet
And opens further on – 

He likes a Boggy Acre – 
A Floor too cool for Corn – 
But when a Boy and Barefoot
I more than once at Noon 

Have passed I thought a Whip Lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled And was gone – 

Several of Nature’s People
I know and they know me
I feel for them a transport
Of Cordiality

But never met this Fellow
Attended or alone
Without a tighter Breathing
And Zero at the Bone. 

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.

Answering optional questions helps us collect demographic information to improve the Festival. Responses are not shared with facilitators.
Three smiling volunteers at the Amherst poetry fest, 2009

Amherst Art Walk with Jan Freeman and Ellen Hart

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2018
Time: 5-8 p.m.
Location:
Homestead Parlor

Join us for our monthly Amherst Art Walk program.

This month, poet and Paris Press Executive Director Jan Freeman and Ellen Hart, co-editor (along with Emily Dickinson International Society President Martha Nell Smith) of the Paris Press publication Open Me Carefully, will be the featured readers starting at 7 pm in the Homestead parlor. Freeman and Hart’s presentation will address women’s voices, past and present, in publication. Paris Press, founded in 1995 as a platform for overlooked women’s literature, published Open Me Carefully in 1998, which features Emily Dickinson’s 40-year correspondence with her sister-in-law and neighbor Susan Huntington Dickinson. Freeman and Hart’s readings will explore the arc of a relationship through these letters and through Freeman’s own contemporary poetry.

Tours of The Evergreens will also be offered for $5 from 5pm to 7 pm.

Accessibility

Accessibility

The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes all visitors.

Physical Accessibility

Our Tour Center and first floors of the Homestead and The Evergreens and a portion of the museum grounds are wheelchair accessible. Due to their historic architecture, the second floors of each house are not completely accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs.

For planning purposes, please note the following:

  • Because of the historic nature of the two Dickinson houses, neither house includes an elevator to the second floor.
  • The first floor of the Homestead includes the Tour Center, parlors, and library. Emily Dickinson’s bedroom is accessed by a fifteen-step staircase with double railings.
  • The Evergreens is located approximately one block from the Homestead and is reachable by paved sidewalk or a mulched path. Visitors with disabilities may park in The Evergreens driveway upon request. The first floor is wheelchair accessible. The second floor is accessed by a thirteen-step staircase with a railing on one side.
  • Because of the wealth of original materials at The Evergreens, visitors with respiratory difficulties may be sensitive to the air quality in the house. 
  • Visitors who are unable to use the stairs are provided with illustrated notebooks describing the exhibits in the upstairs of each house, as well as an iPad with 360 degree view of Dickinson’s bedroom. Staff are present to answer questions about the spaces.
  • Modern chairs are provided in each room for visitor comfort.

Sign Language Interpretation

  • Sign-language interpretation is available free of charge for tours and museum programs by request with two week’s notice.

Service Animals

  • Service dogs are welcome throughout the property, including both historic houses.

Care Partners

  • Care partners of visitors with disabilities will be admitted for free.

Accessible Parking

  • Two spaces are designated for visitors with disabilities in the Museum’s driveway. If a space is not available upon your arrival, please call (413) 542-2947 for assistance.
  • The driveway may be used for drop-off.  Find general parking information.

For further questions about accessibility, or to suggest how we might continue to improve the visitor experience, please contact the museum at bsteinhauser@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.