The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Amherst College’s Frost Library. Participants should proceed directly to the Library and do not need to stop at the Museum. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a list of poems for discussion. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch. Beverages and a sweet snack are provided.
“Radiant prose, palpable descriptions, and deep empathy for the poet’s sensibility make this biography extraordinary.”
– Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Join us for a reading and book signing by Martha Ackmann, author of the recently released These Fevered Days!
In These Fevered Days, Ackmann unravels the mysteries of Dickinson’s life through ten days that distill her evolution as a poet. Following Dickinson through her religious crisis while a student at Mount Holyoke, her exhilarating frenzy of composition, her startling decision to ask a famous editor for advice, her anguished letters to an unidentified “Master,” her lifelong friendship with writer Helen Hunt Jackson, and her despair in confronting possible blindness, These Fevered Days utilizes thousands of archival letters and poems as well as never-before-seen photos to construct a remarkable map of Emily Dickinson’s inner life. The book provides new insights into Dickinson’s wildly original poetry and draws a vivid portrait of American literature’s most enigmatic figure.
This program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase on site, and light refreshments will be served following the reading.
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
But never met this Fellow
Attended or alone
Without a tighter Breathing
And Zero at the Bone.
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.
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.
The Emily Dickinson Museum welcomes all visitors.
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 dogs are welcome throughout the property, including both historic houses.
- Care partners of visitors with disabilities will be admitted for free.
- 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 email@example.com.