Twice As Bold

Small desk by a window with paper, fountain pen, and ink well

The Emily Dickinson Museum has embarked on a new chapter of exploration and planning focused on its evolving role as a site of unparalleled cultural significance and educational promise emanating from its mission to spark the imagination by amplifying Emily Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice from the place she called home.

To fully realize and sustain this mission, the Museum is growing and changing in ways that will empower it to serve as the premier center for study, interpretation, creative expression, and celebration of Emily Dickinson’s life and legacy

After more than a year of research and analysis, as well as discovery flowing from the poet’s worldwide resonance and the Museum’s tremendous growth in audience during the pandemic, a clear path forward emerged in the form of a Long Range Plan grounded in the following guiding principles:

  • SPARK THE IMAGINATION | Inspire new generations of poets, writers, artists, and thinkers to dive deeply into the life of the mind, the power of creativity, and the world around us as Emily Dickinson did, thus bringing her sense of possibility to life in perpetuity.  
  • AMPLIFY EMILY DICKINSON’S REVOLUTIONARY POETIC VOICE | Connect the programs and resources of the Emily Dickinson Museum with scholars, students, and enthusiasts both around the corner and across the globe. 
  • FROM THE PLACE SHE CALLED HOME | Preserve and care for the material legacy of the Dickinson family—buildings, grounds, gardens, collections—to enliven and enhance the experience offered to the public and create an environment that accurately reflects the poet in her times.

This plan boldly prioritizes an expanded, fully restored, and accessible campus, leading-edge educational programs and resources, a singular visitor experience both onsite and online, and increased operational capacity for long-term sustainability. 

The journey has begun with the effort to raise the first $3.5M-of a total five-year goal of $8M- by the end of the Museum’s 20th Anniversary celebration in the summer of 2024. We are grateful to John and Elizabeth Armstrong for leading the way in this effort with their challenge gift of $600,000. 

Join us. Be a part of the Emily Dickinson Museum’s journey by supporting its next steps, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, and securing its bright future. Contact Nora Maroulis at 413-542-5072 or

I took my Power in my Hand –
And went against the World –
’Twas not so much as David – had –
But I – was twice as bold –
(excerpt from F660)


Long Range Plan Priorities

  • Build and sustain operational capacity for long-term sustainability
  • Create an expanded, restored, and accessible campus
  • Develop and deliver leading-edge public and educational programs and resources   
  • Design and provide a singular visitor experience both onsite and online                                                                                                                                                         

Five-Year Funding Needs and Opportunities 

Opportunities abound for donors at all levels to positively impact and help shape the Museum’s bright future. Priority projects and programs in need of investment and support over the next five years are framed by the Museum’s essential mission. Gifts or bequests of unrestricted endowment are most welcome, as they provide critical support to each and all of these areas. 


Audience Engagement and Communication $650K
Two children explore Dickinson's bedroomDigital Capacity and Resource Development ($200K)
Virtual Program Hosting and Conferencing Upgrades ($100K)
Website Accessibility and User-Experience Updates ($50K)
New CRM (Constituent Relationship Management) System ($150K)
Graphic Identity / Branding Updates ($150K)

Teaching and Learning (K-12, College/University, Lifelong) $1.25M
Resource Development (curricula, teacher training modules, etc.) ($550K)
Undergraduate Internships and Graduate Fellowships ($275K)
Honoraria for Visiting and Teaching Artists, Writers, Scholars ($190K)
Scholarships for Visiting K-12 Schools and Teacher Training ($95K)
Poets and Writers Workshops and Classes (FY23+) ($140K)


Interpretation and Visitor Experience $800K

image of Youtube pageThematic Tour Development ($330K)
Self-Guided Map and Interactive Guide ($85K)
Orientation Film ($300K)
Wayfinding ($85K)

Public Programs and Events $1.8M
Poetry Programs $540K

Poetry Festival and Marathon  ($315K)
Phosphorescence Contemporary Poetry Series ($135K)
Poetry Discussion Groups ($90K)

Collections, Restoration, Landscape, and History Programs $270K
Dickinson Book Club Series ($90K)
Buildings, Grounds and Collections Presentations ($90K)
Behind the Scenes Collections / Restoration Series ($90K)

Community-Building Events $450K
Birthday Celebration ($30K)
Poetry Walk ($25K)
Reopening Events and Launch of Dickinson Days ($150K)
Tell It Slant Awards / 20th Anniversary Gala ($245K)

Visual and Performing Art Programs $540K
Dickinson in Performance Series ($135K)
Conservatory and Landscape Installations ($270K)
Dickinson in the World Podcast ($135K)

FROM THE PLACE SHE CALLED HOME                         $3.5M

Completion of Homestead Restoration $1.0MRendering of the Dickinson barn
Design Development ($150K)
Construction / Restoration ($700K)
Decorative Arts and Object Conservation ($150K)

Rebuild Evergreens Carriage House $600K
Design Development ($100K)
Construction ($400K)
Furnishings and Fittings ($100K)

Conserve and Restore The Evergreens $1.0M
Interior Conditions Assessment ($50K)
Treatment Plan Development ($100K)
Conservation and Restoration ($700K)
Decorative Arts and Object Conservation ($150K)

Restore Landscape and Dickinson Gardens $400K
Homestead Gardens restoration ($200K)
Evergreens Gardens restoration ($75K)
Other Landscape restoration ($125K)

Collections Stewardship $500K
Collections Rehousing ($400K)
Conservation ($100K)

Figures are for annual cost over 5 years. Endowment gifts intended to name and/or directly support a specific project or program must cover 60% of associated costs. 

The homestead parlor with 4 windows, a fireplace, two chairs, a rug and a side table.

The Props assist the House:
Restoring the Homestead (Part 3)
Saturday, September 25, 1pm

The homestead parlor with 4 windows, a fireplace, two chairs, a rug and a side table.Part of the 2021 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival:

In the final installment of this three-part series, go behind the scenes of the restoration of Emily Dickinson’s home with Museum Executive Director Jane Wald and special guest Jeff Baker, preservation architect and partner at Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects. The Emily Dickinson Museum is currently embarking on the most significant restoration project to date of the interior architectural features, finishes, and furnishings of the revered poet’s Homestead. This work will not only triple the amount of restored space in the Homestead accessible to guests, but will also add critical details to our understanding of Dickinson’s daily life by providing a more authentic experience of the house she inhabited. In this virtual program, learn how the documentary record yields clues about this historic house and hear first-hand about the research and decisions that go into restoration work. 



Headshot of Jeff Baker

Jeff Baker has been with Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker for over thirty years and has been a firm Partner for over twenty years. After his graduation from Hudson Valley Community College, Jeff attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he earned a Bachelor’s of Building Science and a Bachelor’s of Architecture. Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker specializes in Architecture, Planning and Historic Preservation, and has overseen the success of several previous restoration projects at the Emily Dickinson Museum, as well as numerous other National Historic Landmarks.

A few examples of Jeff’s work include the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia; Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Lynchburg, Virginia; James Madison’s Montpelier, in Montpelier Station, Virginia; and the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. Jeff has also been retained to assist in the restoration of George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia.

Learn more at

Support The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival and Honor Someone Special:
Admission to all Festival events is free, but online donations, especially those made in honor or memory of family, friends, or colleagues are heartily encouraged and vital to the future of this beloved annual event. All gifts are tax deductible and will be recognized as part of the Festival. 

2021 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival Schedule


Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon
September 20 – 26

Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon graphic with Tell It Slant Poetry Festival LogoPart of the 2021 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival:

An Emily Dickinson Museum tradition, the Marathon is a group reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson over the course of about 14 hours. For this year’s remote Festival, we are partnering with five other organizations to host the Marathon in two-hour sessions each day of this week. We will be reading from Ralph Franklin’s The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition.

There are two ways to participate in the Marathon: as a reader or as a listener. It can be especially rewarding to be a reader for some sessions and a listener for others:
  • Listeners sit back and enjoy the group reading, which beautifully blends the voices of volunteer readers coming to Dickinson from different places, times in their lives, and levels of familiarity with the Poet. Listeners need to simply click “register” in the platform to sign up.
  • Readers volunteer to read 6-10 poems as part of the circle reading. Reader spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in being a reader, please click register in the Festival platform, then fill out the Register as a Marathon Reader form to learn more and request a space. Readers of all levels of experience are invited to participate!



Monday, September 20
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon Part 1
with the Emily Dickinson Museum
5:00 pm ET

Tuesday, September 21
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon Part 2

with the Jones Library
12:00pm ET

Wednesday, September 22
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon Part 3
with the Houghton Library
5:00pm ET

Thursday, September 23
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon Part 4

with the Frost Library
12:00pm ET

Friday, September 24
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon Part 5
with the Folger Shakespeare Library
3:30pm ET

Saturday, September 25
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon Part 6
with the Emily Dickinson International Society
5:00pm ET

Sunday, September 26
Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon Part 7
with the Emily Dickinson Museum 
11:30am ET

To reserve your spot and learn more about each program:


Support The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival and Honor Someone Special:
Admission to all Festival events is free, but online donations, especially those made in honor or memory of family, friends, or colleagues are heartily encouraged and vital to the future of this beloved annual event. All gifts are tax deductible and will be recognized as part of the Festival. 

2021 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival Schedule


Highlights from the Collections

Collections set up for the Museum. A camera faces an object sitting in a photo tent. Each item in the Collections is documented like this.

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s collections contain more than 8,000 artifacts, including family objects such as artwork, textiles, furniture, dinnerware, and other household items.

In 2019, the Emily Dickinson Museum was awarded a major grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to inventory and catalogue the entirety of its collections for the first time. This project will improve the management and accessibility of the collections, strengthening the museum’s interpretation and enhancing Dickinson research. Over the course of three years, every single item in the collections will be documented and photographed, and these records will eventually be published in a publicly accessible, online database.


Any use of these images must be approved by the Emily Dickinson Museum.
Please contact us at:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. They advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development. Their vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities. To learn more, visit

To view Dickinson’s manuscripts, visit

For information on other Dickinson repositories:

Houghton Library, Harvard University:

Amherst College Special Collections:

Brown University Library:



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2021 Tell It Slant Poetry Festival Call for Proposals

The Emily Dickinson Museum is now accepting proposals for the ninth annual Tell It Slant Poetry Festival (formerly the Amherst Poetry Festival), A VIRTUAL EVENT held September 20-26, 2021! 

Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, with support from the Amherst Business Improvement District, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and Jones Library, the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival celebrates the poetic legacy of Emily Dickinson and the contemporary creativity of the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

The Festival’s name “Tell It Slant” (new in 2020), was selected in homage to Dickinson’s poem, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” This title underscores the revolutionary power of poetry to shift our perspective and reveal new truths. The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival remains committed to featuring and serving established and emerging poets who represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary American poetry scene, and to fostering community by placing poetry in the public sphere. To see our 2020 Festival schedule click here.

The Festival Steering Committee is planning a virtual event to ensure the health and safety of participants. While we are disappointed not to gather together in Amherst, we find (as always) that Dickinson offers inspiration. Dickinson was an engaging correspondent, whose epistolary poems connected her to a wider community of friends and writers. During this time, we call on you to help us carry on Dickinson’s legacy of creating community and sparking the imagination as we shelter in place. We invite you to “dwell in possibility” and submit your most inventive proposals for  audience-centered workshops, panel discussions, and programs.

We are privileging proposals for live, synchronous content, but will also consider asynchronous submissions. Synchronous content includes virtual programs or experiences, including performances, live panels and workshops. Asynchronous content might include a web exhibit or pre-recorded content premiering at the Poetry Festival.

The Steering Committee especially welcomes the following:

  • Submissions from groups of 2 – 5 facilitators
  • Submissions that engage young attendees and those new to poetry
  • Submissions that creatively encourage audience participation or that foster a sense of community or space

Honoraria are provided per event. 

Proposals should be designed for one of the following program slots: (Individuals may submit separate forms if proposing more than one program)


  • Daytime poetry workshops, panels, or participatory programs open to the public. Event sessions are typically 60- to 90-minutes long.
  • $250 honoraria offered per event.


  • Evening music, theater, dance, or other performance open to the public. Submissions should be for 60- to 90-minute programs.
  • $500 honorarium offered per event.

HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS (to be scheduled during the school day between Monday, September 20th and Friday, September 24th):

  • Private poetry workshops for classes of high school age students (grades 9-12). 45-minute sessions, to be offered up to four times between 7:50am to 3pm. Partner schools will be shared with selected poets and will include schools in Hampshire and Hampden counties.
  • $350 honorarium is offered for the day’s workshops.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Only submissions made in the online form will be considered. There is no fee to submit proposals.
  • Following your submission, please email your resume/cv to 
    • Include “POETRY FESTIVAL SUBMISSION” in the title of the e-mail. We can accept .pdf, .doc, .docx files.
      If applicable, you may also submit an image in .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, and .png format.
  • Selected facilitators will be notified by July 23rd and will be asked to sign a letter of agreement confirming their participation in the Festival.
  • Submissions Due: Thursday, July 15, 2021, 11:59 pm EST.

Submissions will be judged on the following:

  • Originality – Is your idea bold and intriguing? Will it offer something new to our Festival?
  • Quality – Does the submission reflect thoughtful preparation? How are you uniquely qualified to facilitate this program?
  • Audience – Have you clearly outlined participatory elements? How does your proposal contribute to community-building for the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival? 
  • Special consideration will be given to Pioneer Valley and Massachusetts-based facilitators.


Questions? Email us at

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Tour The Homestead and The Evergreens

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The Emily Dickinson Museum received a donation of sets, props, and costumes from Apple TV+'s Dickinson.


The Homestead and Evergreens are currently closed to the public.

Restoration Project
Restoration Project

The Emily Dickinson Museum is embarking on the most significant restoration project to date of the revered poet’s Homestead.

Virtual Programming
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See online exhibits and join us for virtual events.


With your support, the Emily Dickinson Museum has become the essential place for study, work, and play in the Dickinson world.


Sparking an interest in Emily Dickinson’s life and work among learners of all ages is central to the Museum’s mission.

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A Secret told:
An Evening with Alena Smith and Martha Ackmann
Wednesday, June 30, 7pm



Emily Dickinson is having a moment. The enigmatic poet’s popularity has surged in recent years, thanks in part to fresh interpretations and perspectives offered up by a new wave of curious and talented artists, writers, and thinkers.

We’re delighted to invite our donors to join Museum Director Jane Wald as she welcomes Alena Smith, creator of the award-winning Apple TV+ series Dickinson, and Martha Ackmann, author of These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson, to a virtual event broadcast from the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, MA.

Enjoy a lively conversation about Emily Dickinson and her enduring legacy, while you sip on the evening’s signature cocktail:

The Bee’s Knees 

  • 2 ounces gin (for mocktail, substitute w/ 2 ounces of ginger ale)
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz honey syrup (1 TBSP honey mixed with 1/2 TBSP warm water)

Combine ingredients and shake with ice. Strain and pour into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.  Enjoy!

This program is free to donors who’ve supported the Museum this past year. To those who have already donated, we sent an email with a complimentary registration link. 
Please contact if you need another invitation by email.
In case you are unable to attend, a recording of the event will be shared to all those who register for the program.

Not a donor, but still want to attend? You’re invited!
Become a donor today and register.

About the speakers:

Headshot for Alena SmithAlena Smith Alena Smith is a playwright and TV writer. She is the creator, showrunner and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed series “Dickinson” starring Hailee Steinfeld as Emily Dickinson, which recently aired its second season on Apple TV+, and is currently in production on its third. Dickinson won a Peabody Award in the category of Entertainment, and was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy series.Smith previously served as a writer and producer for Showtime’s The Affair and HBO’s The Newsroom. Variety said of her play Icebergs, which had its world premiere in 2016 at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, “Smith shows impeccable comic timing, and also knows how to layer her drama with pathos.” Other published plays include The Bad Guys, Plucker, The Lacy Project, and The New Sincerity, which The New York Times called “Splendid… entertaining and thought-provoking… comedy with a poignant edge.”
Learn more: New Yorker


Headshot Martha Ackmann

Martha Ackmann is a journalist and author who writes about women who have changed America.  Her essays and columns have appeared in The New York Times, Paris Review, and The Atlantic. She also is a frequent commentator for New England Public Radio, and has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and the BBC. Martha’s award-winning books include The Mercury 13: The True Story of Thirteen Women and the Dream of Space Flight, Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone, First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League, and These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson. A long-time member of the Gender Studies Department at Mount Holyoke College, Martha taught a popular seminar on Emily Dickinson in the poet’s house, now the Emily Dickinson Museum, in Amherst, Massachusetts. 
Learn more:


Two Anenomes grow in front of the Homestead

“Bloom – is Result – to meet a Flower”: Dickinson’s Flowering Favorites with Marta McDowell
Friday, June 25, 12:30pm

Anemone grows in the garden beside the Homestead



Bloom – is Result – to meet a Flower
And casually glance
Would cause one scarcely to suspect
The minor Circumstance

Assisting in the Bright Affair
So intricately done
Then offered as a Butterfly
To the Meridian –

(Excerpt Fr1308)

This program is free of charge, but participants must register in advance and donations are encouraged. 


In this beloved poem, Emily Dickinson ends, “To be a Flower, is profound Responsibility – “. Indeed, as the poet knelt on her red wool army blanket to tend her garden across the seasons, she understood the weight of each bloom in her hands as a miraculous force. Observing keenly the lifespan of every blossom, the weather it endured and the fauna it encountered, Dickinson transformed her garden knowledge into hundreds of poems inspired directly by her garden.

In this virtual program, join Marta McDowell, master gardener, landscape historian, and author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life for a close look at blooming cultivars from the Homestead in Amherst. We’ll spend an hour savoring blossoms, stories, and verse gathered from Dickinson’s gardens. Learn to identify these Dickinsonian varieties and listen to the language they inspired from our favorite garden poet.

About Marta McDowell:
Marta McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Her book Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life, was published in 2019. Timber Press also published The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, New York Times-bestselling All the Presidents’ Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, now in its seventh printing. Marta’s newest book, Unearthing The Secret Garden about author Frances Hodgson Burnett, is due out from Timber Press in September 2021. She is the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America’s Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.

To learn more about Marta or purchase her books visit

Emily Dickinson's handwriting on a letter and envelope

Poetry Discussion Group:
Spring Series

Emily Dickinson's handwriting on a letter and envelopeJoin us for a lively virtual discussion of Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters, meeting once a month from February to May. This program is designed to welcome newcomers and seasoned readers of Dickinson alike. 

  • In February, meet-and-greet with fellow participants, share Dickinson stories, and learn from the Museum (and one another) about the poet’s publication story, editions of her work, and resources.
  • March through May’s sessions are facilitated by guest scholars, who will lead the group in discussion following a talk about their work. Brief reading handouts of 4-8 poems and/or letters will be distributed prior to the month’s program. May’s session will last an additional 15 minutes, giving the group time to celebrate, say goodbye, and reflect on the season’s poems.
Topics and Leaders:
  • February: Introduction with the Emily Dickinson Museum
  • March: Dickinson’s Natural Music with Gerard Holmes
  • April: Dickinson’s Long-Histories of Environmental Change with Ryan Heryford
  • May: Dickinson and Her Surprisingly Twenty-First Century Art of Trans Poetics with Joy Ladin

Please review full descriptions and bios below.


As a registrant, you are signing up to join a small group of regular participants for four 90-minute zoom sessions. Meetings are participatory, with video and audio encouraged. Because we want everyone to feel comfortable speaking, sessions will not be recorded. The program is designed for adult audiences (18+).


We are offering an identical program for a Wednesday and Friday group. Please review the dates carefully. Because space is limited, we hope only those who can commit to attending will register. Refunds are not available for this program.

Wednesday Group, $75 program fee (inclusive of all sessions),  limited to 25 participants
February 23, 6-7:30 ET
March 23, 6-7:30 ET
April 13, 6-7:30 ET
May 11, 6-7:45 ET

Friday Group, $75 program fee (inclusive of all sessions), limited to 25 participants
February 25, 12-1:30 ET
March 25, 12-1:30 ET
April 15, 12-1:30 ET
May 13, 12-1:45 ET

Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. While our Wednesday group is now closed, we have just a few spaces left in our Friday group. Please learn more about registration and request a space via this form.

Questions: Don’t hesitate to reach out at with any questions about the program.


Emily Dickinson’s Natural Music 
Emily Dickinson knew music well as a performer and a listener in parlors, churches, and other indoor spaces. But she also spent a lot of time outdoors, in the garden, walking her beloved dog Carlo, and exploring Amherst. Like many other writers of her time, Dickison wrote of natural sounds as having musical qualities. Wind, rain, cicadas, and of course birds all show up in her poems as sources of music, and as inspiration for her own distinctive poetic music. We will discuss how poets important to Dickinson wrote about the sounds of the natural world, and how Romantic musical composers and performers built sounds of nature into their work, before exploring together some of Dickinson’s poems that treat natural sounds musically.

Gerard Holmes completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2020, with a dissertation titled “‘Discretion in the Interval’: Emily Dickinson’s Musical Performances.” He has published in The Emily Dickinson Journal and Reception, co-edited a 2021 special issue of Women’s Studies with the theme: New Directions in Dickinson and Music,” and contributed a chapter to The Oxford Handbook to Emily Dickinson, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in April 2022. In addition to teaching writing and literature, he is a nonprofit administrator, program manager, and fundraiser.


“…an instant’s act:” Dickinson’s Long-Histories of Environmental Change
This discussion will consider the importance of Dickinson as a poet of the Anthropocene, that proposed geologic epoch in which human activity has rendered irreversible transformations to our global climate and conditions for life on earth.  While Dickinson was certainly not aware of climate change, nor she could have possibly predicted our current ecological precarity, we will explore particular Dickinson poems that focus on geologic time, wide-scale environmental transformations, and human/nonhuman entanglements, as sites to better consider our own individual, communal and species-based relations to contemporary environmental issues.

Ryan Heryford is Associate Professor of Environmental Literature in the Department of English at California State University East Bay, where he teaches courses in nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, with a focus in cultural narratives of environmental justice.  Recent publications can be found in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and the Environment, The Mark Twain Annual, and The Emily Dickinson Journal.


Emily Dickinson and Her Surprisingly Twenty-First Century Art of Trans Poetics
As those who love her know, Dickinson often writes first-person poems describing states of being that don’t fit socially recognized categories, and which, as a result, have few terms or poetic conventions for expressing them. What kind of person, for example, would introduce themselves by saying “I am afraid to own a Body – / I am afraid to own a Soul,” or locates themselves in terms like these: “`Tis Miracle before Me – then – / `Tis Miracle behind – between”? Poets and scholars (including me) started using the term “trans poetics” – that is, poetic techniques for representing ways of being human that don’t fit conventional terms or categories – a little over a decade ago, to describe the growing body of work by transgender and nonbinary poets. But it didn’t long before critics began to realize that because “trans poetics” are required whenever poets represent unconventional ways of being human, the practice has a much longer lineage in American poetry, one that, as these examples show, reaches back at least to Emily Dickinson. In this discussion, we will examine a number of poems to see what Dickinson, in the middle of the nineteenth century, had already learned about the twenty-first century art of trans poetics.

Joy Ladin, who started leading classes on Dickinson’s poetry in the Homestead itself in the mid-1990s and has loved it every time, has been dubbed “the godmother of trans poetics.” She has published ten books of poetry, including National Jewish Book award-winner The Book of Anna, reissued by EOAGH Press, and just-published Shekhinah Speaks (Selva Oscura). She is also the author of a booklength study of Dickinson, Soldering the Abyss: Emily Dickinson and Modern American Poetry; a a memoir of gender transition, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life; and Lambda Literary and Triangle Award finalist, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective. Episodes of her online conversation series, “Containing Multitudes,” are available at; links to her writings, readings, interviews and talks are at her website,


El Museo Emily Dickinson da la bienvenida a todos.

In English

Accesibilidad física

El centro de guías, las plantas bajas del Homestead (la casa familiar) y de The Evergreens y una parte de los terrenos del museo son accesibles para sillas de ruedas. Debido a su arquitectura histórica, las primeras plantas de las dos casas no son completamente accesibles para los usuarios de sillas de ruedas y otros visitantes que necesiten evitar las escaleras.

Tenga en cuenta lo siguiente antes de su visita:

  • Debido al carácter histórico de las dos casas de Dickinson, ninguna de las dos incluye ascensor.
  • La planta baja del Homestead incluye el Centro de Guías, los salones y la biblioteca. Se accede al dormitorio de Emily Dickinson por una escalera de quince escalones con barandillas por ambos lados.
  • The Evergreens está ubicado aproximadamente a una distancia de 5-10 minutos del Homestead y esa distancia se puede comunicar por una vía pavimentada o un camino cubierto con pajote. Los visitantes con discapacidades pueden estacionarse en el camino de entrada de The Evergreens con una solicitud adelantada. La planta baja es accesible para sillas de ruedas. Al primer piso se accede por una escalera de trece escalones con barandilla a un lado.
  • Debido a la cantidad de materiales originales en The Evergreens, la calidad de aire puede incomodar a los visitantes que tengan dificultades respiratorias.
  • A los visitantes que no pueden acceder al piso superior entregamos cuadernos ilustrados que describen las exhibiciones del piso superior de las dos casas, además que un iPad con una vista completa del dormitorio de Emily Dickinson. El personal está presente para contestar a preguntas sobre los espacios.
  • Se proporcionan sillas modernas en cada habitación para la comodidad de los visitantes.

Interpretación de lenguaje de señas

  • La interpretación en lenguaje de señas está disponible como un servicio gratuito para visitas guiadas y todos los programas del museo a pedido con dos semanas de anticipación. Si se requieren otros servicios de interpretación, contáctenos y buscamos una solución.

Animales de servicio

  • Los perros de servicio son bienvenidos en todo el establecimiento.

Socios de visitantes con discapacidades

  • Los acompañantes de los visitantes con discapacidades serán admitidos de forma gratuita.

Estacionamiento accesible

  • Hay dos espacios de estacionamiento reservados para visitantes con discapacidades cerca de la entrada del Museo. Si uno de ellos no está disponible a su llegada, llame al número (413) 542-2947 y le ayudaremos.

Si tiene alguna pregunta acerca de la accesibilidad o una sugerencia para mejorar la experiencia de su visita, comuníquese con el museo al correo siguiente:

Traducción por Javier Whitaker-Castañeda