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Phosphorescence Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, July 22, 6-7pm

Phosphorescence July 2021 featured poets:
Jacqueline Balderrama, Ida Stewart and Lynne Thompson


This program is free of charge, but participants must register in advance and donations are encouraged. 
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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. The 2021 Series will be a virtual event to ensure the health and safety of participants. While we are disappointed not to gather together in Amherst, we are excited to connect with a global community of friends and writers.  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 2021

About this month’s poets:

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Headshot of poet Jacqueline Balderrama

Jacqueline Balderrama is the author of Now in Color (Perugia Press, 2020) and the chapbook Nectar and Small (Finishing Line Press, 2019). Her poems have received the 2013 Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize, won a 2019 Intro Journal Award, and have been published in Blackbird, Poet Lore, and other journals. She serves as a poetry editor for Iron City Magazine and has been involved in the Letras Latinas literary initiative, the ASU Prison Education Program, and the Wasatch Writers in the Schools. Currently, she’s pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.



Headshot of poet Ida StewartIda Stewart is the author of Gloss, winner of the Perugia Press Prize in 2011. Her poems have also appeared in journals including Field, Typo Magazine, and Pool. Two poems from Gloss can be found in Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods, an anthology of West Virginia writers. Ida holds an MFA in creative writing from The Ohio State University and a PhD in English from The University of Georgia. A native of West Virginia, Ida now lives in Philadelphia where she is the managing editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas. “


Headshot Lynne Thompson

In February 2021, Los Angeles’ mayor announced he was appointing Lynne Thompson as the City’s newest Poet Laureate.  Her most recent collection of poems, Fretwork, was selected by Jane Hirshfield for the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and published in 2019. A multiple Pushcart Prize nominee, Thompson is the author of Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007), winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award, and Start With A Small Guitar (What Books Press) and her work has been widely published and anthologized including in New England Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, Colorado Review, Pleiades, and Best American Poetry 2020, among others. Thompson serves on the Boards of Directors of Cave Canem and the Los Angeles Review of Books.


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Admission to all Phosphorescence events is free, but online donations, especially those made in honor or memory of family, friends, or colleagues are heartily encouraged and vital to the future of our programs. All gifts are tax deductible.

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