Color-By-Numbers Craft

Color your own Emily Dickinson portrait by paint, crayon, or any media you can get your hands on!
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Past Virtual Programs Archive

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

A Poetry Month Archives Tour at Houghton Library

April 14, 2021
A very special behind the scenes look at the Dickinson collection at Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series

April 2021
Featured poets: Jennifer Franklin, Philip F. Clark, Fred Marchant and Mervyn Taylor.

March 2021
Featured poets: Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Amy Dryansky, and W. Todd Kaneko.

Emily Dickinson’s Amherst College

February 27, 2021
In partnership with Amherst College’s LitFest, join Museum staff for a talk about the impact of the College on the life of poet Emily Dickinson.

Emily Dickinson 190th Birthday Celebration

December 10, 2020
An afternoon of fun including a team bake of Dickinson’s famous Black Cake, a make-at-home craft demo, music, an aerial journey over Amherst, screenings of videos from our “My Emily Dickinson” collecting project, special guests from Apple TV’s Dickinson, and finally the singing of the birthday song. 

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.

 

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).

December 2020
Featuring The Literacy Project. The Literacy Project provides adult basic education programs and opportunities that support participants to engage meaningfully and equitably in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of their communities. 

November 2020
“Emily Dickinson in Translation” – a presentation of multi-lingual readings and short discussions on the practice of translating Dickinson’s words, presented by the Translation Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Featuring Adalberto Müller and Marcel Riera i Bou.

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

A Poetry Month Archives Tour at Houghton Library, April 14, 2021
A very special behind the scenes look at the Dickinson collection at Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Emily Dickinson’s Amherst College, December 4, 2020
A lively lunchtime talk about the impact of Amherst College on the life of poet Emily Dickinson.

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.

 

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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!

Hours & Admission

Matching Challenge Successful!

Studio Sessions

More than 160 donors came together to match–and surpass!–the challenge offered by the Emily Dickinson Museum’s Board of Governors. In May, they pledged to match all gifts dollar-for-dollar up to $40,000 contributed to the Museum by June 30. Today, these gifts total more than $65,000. The Emily Dickinson Museum is deeply grateful for these acts of generosity and your confidence in the Museum and its mission during these trying times.
 
Your support for the Museum’s ability to endure, to create new resources and continue its programming is vitally important. We deeply appreciate every gift!

 

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.