Past Virtual Programs Archive

Missed an online program? No fear! Rewatch a selection of archived programs here.

The Props assist the House -: Restoring the Homestead (Part 1)

July 15, 2021
The first of a three-part series, go behind the scenes of the restoration of Emily Dickinson’s home with Museum Director Jane Wald and 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.

“Bloom – is Result – to meet a Flower”: Dickinson’s Flowering Favorites with Marta McDowell

June 25, 2021
Spend an hour savoring blossoms, stories, and verse gathered from Dickinson’s gardens with Marta McDowell,Marta McDowell, master gardener, landscape historian, and author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life.

“Called Back”: A Virtual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk

May 15, 2021
The Annual Poetry Walk: an engaging virtual poetry reading and “walk” through Amherst, the town she called “paradise.”

A Poetry Month Archives Tour at Houghton Library

April 14, 2021
A very special behind the scenes look at the Dickinson collection at Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series

July 2021
Featured poets: Jacqueline Balderrama, Ida Stewart and Lynne Thompson.

June 2021
Featured poets: Gail Thomas, Nicole M. Young and Amina Jordan Mendez.

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

April 2021
Featured poets: Jennifer Franklin, Philip F. Clark, Fred Marchant and Mervyn Taylor.

March 2021
Featured poets: Teri Ellen Cross Davis, Amy Dryansky, and W. Todd Kaneko.

Emily Dickinson’s Amherst College

February 27, 2021
In partnership with Amherst College’s LitFest, join Museum staff for a talk about the impact of the College on the life of poet Emily Dickinson.

Emily Dickinson 190th Birthday Celebration

December 10, 2020
An afternoon of fun including a team bake of Dickinson’s famous Black Cake, a make-at-home craft demo, music, an aerial journey over Amherst, screenings of videos from our “My Emily Dickinson” collecting project, special guests from Apple TV’s Dickinson, and finally the singing of the birthday song. 

Tell It Slant Poetry Festival 2020 

Behind the Scenes with Emily Dickinson at the Frost Library’s Special Collections
September 14, 12-1:15pm
A very special behind the scenes look at the holdings of Amherst College Frost Library’s Special Collections Head of Archives and Special Collections, Mike Kelly.

 

Black Lives and Black Poetics Matter: A Reading and Discussion curated by Faraday Publishing
September 17, 7:30pm
An evening of vibrant poetry and dialogue on the vitality and importance of Black Lives and Black Poetics in contemporary America. Moderated by Enzo Silon Surin, founder and director of Faraday Publishing, and featuring leading Black poets, scholars, and educators, including Dr. Tony Medina, Bonita Lee Penn, Lisa Pegram, and Dr. Shauna Morgan.

 

Franny Choi
September 18, 7-8:45pm
Festival headliner, Franny Choi, wraps up Open Mic night with a reading from her recently published book, Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019), and selected newly written works. This recording began after the open mic concluded.

 

Behind the Scenes with Emily Dickinson at the Jones Library’s Special Collections
September 20, 9-10:15am
A very special behind the scenes look at the holdings of the Jones Library’s Special Collections in Amherst, Massachusetts. Head of Special Collections, Cyndi Harbeson.

 

 

Amherst Arts Nights Virtual Readings

During the pandemic, the Emily Dickinson Museum is celebrating monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus with remote poetry readings every first Thursday at 6:30pm (EST).

December 2020
Featuring The Literacy Project. The Literacy Project provides adult basic education programs and opportunities that support participants to engage meaningfully and equitably in the economic, social, cultural and civic life of their communities. 

November 2020
“Emily Dickinson in Translation” – a presentation of multi-lingual readings and short discussions on the practice of translating Dickinson’s words, presented by the Translation Center of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Featuring Adalberto Müller and Marcel Riera i Bou.

October 2020
Readings from Rage Hezekiah, Brionne Janae, and Taylor Johnson. (content warning: some adult language throughout, sexuality at 15:15)

 

September 2020
Readings from Kathryn Holzman, Cheryl J. Fish, and Eileen P. Kennedy.

 

August 2020
Readings from Rebecca Hart Olander, Leah Umansky, and Omotara James.

 

July 2020
Readings from Michael Mercurio, Hannah Larrabee, and Nathan McClain.

 

June 2020
Readings from Eliza Brewer, Kalidas Shanti, Brenna Macaray, Kiera Alventosa, Anna Plummer, and Haoran Tong.

 

May 2020
Readings from Rosie McMahan, Rich Puchalsky, Marian Kent, Lanette Sweeney, Eileen P. Kennedy, Howie Faerstein, Brooks Robards, Linda Bratcher, Michael Favala Goldman, Lori Desrosiers.

 

Other Programs

A Poetry Month Archives Tour at Houghton Library, April 14, 2021
A very special behind the scenes look at the Dickinson collection at Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Emily Dickinson’s Amherst College, December 4, 2020
A lively lunchtime talk about the impact of Amherst College on the life of poet Emily Dickinson.

Martha Ackmann Virtual Book Talk and Q&A, August 16, 2020
A virtual reading and Q&A with Martha Ackmann, author of the recently released These Fevered Days (W.W. Norton, 2020).

 

Summer in the Poet’s Garden with Marta McDowell, July 17, 2020
Marta McDowell, master gardener, landscape historian, and author of Emily Dickinson’s Gardening Life takes viewers on a virtual stroll through the Homestead gardens.

 

Emily Dickinson Virtual Poetry Walk, May 15, 2020
A beloved annual tradition honoring the 134th anniversary of the poet’s death with readings of her poetry at historic sites around Amherst.

 

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