Past Events

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 ...
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 ...
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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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Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, September 23, 6-7pm

Phosphorescence September 2021 featured poets:
Chloe Martinez, Rodney A. Brown, Elizabeth Metzger and Moriel Rothman-Zecher ...
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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 ...
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Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, August 26, 6-7pm

Phosphorescence June 2021 featured poets:
W.J. Herbert, Mary Robles and Dennis James Sweeney ...
Wide shot of the Parlor at the Homestead

The Props assist the House:
Restoring the Homestead (Part 2)
Thursday, August 19, 6-7pm

In the second of this three-part series, go behind the scenes of the restoration of Emily Dickinson’s home with Museum Director Jane Wald and special guest Marylou Davis, conservator and specialist of historic decorative finishes ...
Circular image of the Earth with Emily's handwriting overlaid atop

Emily Dickinson International Society
Annual Meeting
August 6 – 7

This year’s focus is Dickinson’s great love of Shakespeare with a variety of scholarly panels, lectures, and workshops ...
Parlor of the Homestead

The Props assist the House -:
Restoring the Homestead (Part 1)
Thursday, July 15, 6-7pm

In the first of a three-part series, go behind the scenes of the restoration of Emily Dickinson's home with Museum Director Jane Wald ...
poetry walk

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

Donors appreciation event featuring Alena 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 ...
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

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 ...
Headshots of June poets

Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, June 24, 6-7pm

Phosphorescence June 2021 featured poets:
Gail Thomas, Nicole M. Young and Amina Jordan Mendez ...
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Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, May 27, 6-7pm

Phosphorescence May 2021 featured poets:
Melissa Range and Erica Charis-Molling ...