Past Events


The Tell It Slant Poetry Festival 2022 Schedule

The annual Tell It Slant Poetry Festival is an event with international reach that celebrates Emily Dickinson’s poetic legacy and the contemporary creativity she and her work continues to inspire from the place she called home ...
close-up of Dickinson's piano

The Musical Life of an American Poet
Friday, August 19, 6pm ET

An illustrated talk with live musical accompaniment, George Boziwick explores the various composers, music sellers, and publishers behind the music ...
Phosphorescence graphic for April 2022 featuring headshots of poets

Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, April 28, 6pm ET

Phosphorescence April 2022 featured poets:
Saida Agostini, Shauna M. Morgan and Tara Betts  ...
graphic for Phos June 2022 featuring poet headshots

Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, June 30, 6pm ET

Phosphorescence June 2022 featured poets:
Anna Talhami and Stacy Szymaszek ...
Marta Macdowell and a volunteer work in Dickinson's garden

Garden Days 2022
Saturday and Sunday
June 11 and 12

Join master gardener Marta McDowell and a group of fellow volunteers to aid in the cultivation and growth of the historic Dickinson family landscape ...

Annual Poetry Walk 2022
Saturday, May 14, 11:30am ET

In honor of the 136th anniversary of the poet’s death, join the Emily Dickinson Museum for an engaging virtual poetry reading and "walk" through Amherst, the town she called “paradise”  ...
The cast of Apple TV's Dickinson in the parlor wearing Shakespearean costumes and florals

Dickinson’s 191st Birthday Celebration
Friday, December 10, 12pm ET

You are cordially invited to the Emily Dickinson Museum’s virtual celebration of the poet’s 191st birthday ...
the Homestead lights are on at night time

Call for Submissions:
Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series 2022

We are now accepting proposals for the 2nd year of our Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series — learn more ...
Archival poster for a lecture on "the real Emily Dickinson" given by Martha Dickinson Bianchi

The “Real” Emily Dickinson at 191
Wednesday, December 1, 4:30pm ET

An illustrated talk and birthday celebration with Emily Dickinson Museum Director Jane Wald ...
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

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 ...
Graphic for Tell It Slant Poetry Festival 2021 headliner night with headshots of Tracy K. Smith and Tiana Clark with the Tell It Slant logo.

An Evening with Tracy K. Smith and Tiana Clark
Saturday, September 25, 7:30pm

Settle in for an evening of poetry celebrating Emily Dickinson’s ongoing creative legacy with the work of two internationally acclaimed contemporary female poets, headliners Tracy K. Smith and Tiana Clark ...
Headshots of March poets

Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, March 25, 6-7pm

Phosphorescence March 2021 featured poets:
Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Amy Dryansky, and W. Todd Kaneko ...
Headshot of Tess Taylor

Staging the Poem:
Masterclass with Tess Taylor
Friday, September 24, 12pm

What is drama in poetry? By turning the lenses of drama on the poems we read and onto our own drafts, participants in this masterclass will think about how the theatrical cues of place, voice, and address make a poem legible to us, and help a poem to feel spoken and embodied across time ...
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A Stranger in My Own Home:
Black Experiences Within the American Literary Canon
Tuesday, September 21, 7pm

A panel of the brightest Black poets of our time to consider their own experiences reading the canon, and writing poems to expand it ...

Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon
September 20 – 26

An Emily Dickinson Museum tradition, the Marathon is a group reading of all 1,789 poems by Emily Dickinson over the course of all 7 days of the Tell It Slant Poetry Festival ...