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Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, August 17, 6pm ET

Phosphorescence August 2023 featured poets:
Yamini Pathak, Ilan Stavans, and Devanshi Khetarpal


This virtual program is free to attend. Registration is required. 


To Emily Dickinson, phosphorescence, was a divine spark and the illuminating light behind learning — it was volatile, but transformative in nature. Produced by the Emily Dickinson Museum, the Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series celebrates contemporary creativity that echoes Dickinson’s own revolutionary poetic voice. The Series features established and emerging poets whose work and backgrounds represent the diversity of the flourishing contemporary poetry scene. Join us on the last Thursdays of each month to hear from poets around the world as they read their work and discuss what poetry and Dickinson mean to them.

Phosphorescence Lineup 2023

About this month’s poets:


headshot for poet Yamini PathakYamini Pathak is the author of the chapbooks, Atlas of Lost Places (Milk and Cake Press, 2020) and Breath Fire Water Song (Ghost City Press, 2021). Her words are forthcoming or have appeared in Poetry Northwest, About Place Journal, Tupelo Quarterly, Vida Review, Waxwing, and elsewhere. She is a Poet in Schools for the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, serves as poetry editor for Inch micro-chapbooks (Bull City Press), and is a production assistant for Tupelo Quarterly journal. Yamini received her MFA in poetry from Antioch University, Los Angeles and has received support from VONA/Voices and Community of Writers. It brings her much joy to belong to the Duniya Collective, an inter-disciplinary group of BIPOC artists. Born in India, she lives with her family in New Jersey.



headshot for poet  Ilan StavansIlan Stavans is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, the publisher of Restless Books, and a consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, his work, adapted into film, theater, TV, and radio, has been translated into two dozen languages.





headshot of poet Devanshi Khetarpal

Devanshi Khetarpal is the editor-in-chief and founder of Inklette Magazine. She is a Master’s student in Comparative Literature at New York University, and an incoming MFA candidate in Fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Public Books, Liber: A Feminist Review, Diacritics blog, Poetry at Sangam, and The Bombay Literary Magazine, among others. Her poetry collection, Small Talk, came out in 2019 from Writers Workshop India, Kolkata. Devanshi has received support from Yale Writers’ Workshop, Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, and the Juniper Writing Institute at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work was longlisted for the 2023 Toto Award for Creative Writing in English. She is from Bhopal, India, and currently lives in New York.



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