The Homestead's cupola and the moon

Amherst Art Walk Poetry Night with Tom Daley

Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 5 – 8 p.m.
Location: Homestead Parlor

The Emily Dickinson Museum hosts poet Tom Daley for our monthly Amherst Art Walk poetry night from 5 to 8 pm. Daley will read from his new collection, House You Cannot Reach-Poems in the Voice of My Mother and Other Poems, beginning at 6:45 pm in the Homestead parlor. $5 “Twilight Highlight” tours of the Homestead will also be offered from 5 to 6:30 pm.

Tom Daley was last at the Museum for the 2014 Amherst Poetry Festival, where he performed his Dickinson-themed play Every Broom and Bridget. A machinist for over two decades, Daley now leads writing workshops in the Boston area and online. Recipient of the Dana Award in Poetry and the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Prize from the Academy of American Poets, his poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, Witness, and Poetry Ireland Review.

The Evergeens house in winter with snow on the ground

Poetry Discussion Group 2015-2016

Third Fridays, noon – 2 p.m.
September through May (No meeting in December)

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. Featured facilitators each month offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson’s poetry.

Location: The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, on the second floor of Frost Library. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch; beverages and a sweet snack are provided.

Fee: The fee for Museum members is $12/session; the fee for non-members is $15/session. Season subscriptions are $75 for Museum members and $100 for non-members. To become a Friend of the Emily Dickinson Museum and enjoy member discounts, click here.

For more information, contact the Program Department: or call (413) 542-2034.Read more

The Aspect of the Place Poster

The Aspect of the Place: A Halloween Happening at The Evergreens

Wednesday-Sunday, October 28-November 1, 2015
Shows at 6:30PM and 8:00PM

One need not be a Chamber — to be Haunted —
-Emily Dickinson

the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth
-Isabella Banks

Get into the spirit of Halloween with this story-telling celebration of ghosts and all things Gothic at The Evergreens. Co-produced by The Emily Dickinson Museum & TheatreTruck, a roving collaborative, The Aspect of the Place takes the audience through The Evergreens, the home of Austin Dickinson’s family and a ‘time capsule’ of prosperous nineteenth-century life in a small New England town. The house is furnished with Dickinson family furniture, household accoutrements, and decor selected and displayed by the family during the nineteenth century. The piece honors the House, the spooky delights of Victorian ghost stories, and the idea that phantoms walk within. ​

TheatreTruck and the Emily Dickinson Museum partnered this summer to produce a sold-out run of The Emily Dickinson Project, attracting audiences from all over the Pioneer Valley, the nation and even the UK! TheatreTruck is dedicated to crafting mobile and site-specific performance sustainably & playfully, and the museum is delighted to partner with them.

Each performance lasts one hour.

Two volunteers dig in the garden at the Emily Dickinson Museum

UMASS Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology

May 29 – June 30

In 2018 Archaeological Services at the University of Massachusetts will again offer a Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology at the Emily Dickinson Museum, home of the renowned poet in Amherst, Massachusetts. Students will learn and practice the fundamental skills of archaeological field and laboratory research under the direction of both academically oriented archaeologists and experienced cultural resource management professionals.Read more

Poet reading at a microphone in the museum

Amherst Arts Night at the Emily Dickinson Museum

Poet reading at a microphone in the museumJune 7, 2018

On first Thursdays of each month, see a pop-up art exhibition in the Homestead, participate in an open mic in Emily Dickinson’s parlor, and listen to featured readers share their written work.

The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! Each month, enjoy the following:

  • Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 5 to 8 pm
  • Open mic signups from 5 to 6 pm, with the open mic beginning at 6 pm
  • Featured readers follow the open mic

About guest artists at the Emily Dickinson Museum: Please note that the works of guest artists may contain sensitive or mature material and do not necessarily represent the views of the Emily Dickinson Museum.

June 7, 2018 Arts Night Plus

Wyn Cooper portraitWyn Cooper has published five book of poems, most recently Mars Poetica. His work has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Slate, and more than 100 other magazines as well as in 25 anthologies of contemporary poetry. His poems have been turned into songs by Sheryl Crow, David Broza, and Madison Smartt Bell. He has taught and given readings throughout the United States as well as in Europe. He lives in Boston and works as a freelance editor.