“Phosphorescence” Poetry Reading Series


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The Emily Dickinson Museum is now accepting proposals for our “Phosphorescence” Poetry Reading Series, A VIRTUAL EVENT held monthly throughout 2021! 

“PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there’s a word to lift your hat to… to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that’s the genius behind poetry.” – Emily Dickinson

Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the aim of “Phosphorescence” is to celebrate contemporary creativity that echoes Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voices. The Series features and serves established and emerging poets and their readers who represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary American poetry scene, and fosters community by placing poetry in the public sphere. The 2021 Series will be a virtual event to ensure the health and safety of participants. While we are disappointed not to gather together in Amherst, we are excited to connect with 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.

Featured poets are promoted on the Museum’s event web page, through an event mailing list of roughly 15,000 addresses, and through the Museum’s social media. Each participating poet receives a $200 honorarium.

This program occurs at 6:30PM EST on the last Thursday of each month. Each reading may feature 1-4 poets. Readings are 15-25 minutes long on average per reader, though this may depend on other program components each month. Poets who submit alone may be paired with other poets if selected. Published authors are welcome to promote sales of their books on the evening of the program. Poets should be prepared to engage in facilitated conversation and/or a Q&A after their readings.

Emily Dickinson Stamp National Postal MuseumSUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Only submissions made using our online form will be considered.
There is no fee to submit proposals.
Group submissions from up to 4 poets are accepted.

Special consideration will be given in selection to:
Submissions that engage young attendees and those new to poetry
Submissions that build community
Submissions that support/showcase BIPOC and/or LBGTQ voices
Submissions that highlight a connection to Dickinson’s life and legacy

SUBMISSIONS DUE: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:00 pm EST.

To submit a proposal please click this link for our submission form.

Accepted submissions will be notified by the end of February. Participating poets will be asked to sign a form of agreement confirming participation on assigned dates. Submissions may also be considered for the 2022 series.




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