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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 a Truman Capote and Sonny Mehta fellow in Fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the editor-in-chief and founder of Inklette Magazine, and holds a Master’s in Comparative Literature from NYU. Her work has received support from the Yale Writers’ Workshop, the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference, and the Juniper Writing Institute at UMass Amherst. Her fiction and poetry was long-listed for the 2022 Toto Award for Creative Writing in English. Her work has been published in Public BooksPoetry at SangamThe Bombay Literary MagazineScrollRedivider and Vayavya, among others. She is from Bhopal, India. 



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