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Emily Dickinson

When I was a kid, I would spend entire days writing stories of sneaking into museums in the night or flying to Mars. I was always imagining some great adventure, and felt that I was destined to share these stories. If you asked ten-year-old me what I thought I would grow up to be, the answer would...
Poet Emily Dickinson lived over a century ago (she passed in 1886), but her innovative approach to poetry is still distinct in the 21st century. As former Poetry Foundation president John Barr says in our audio program, The Poetry of Emily Dickinson , "From her private room in the town of...
The PoetTree at Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Emily Dickinson's poems hang from the tree, and visitors can also share verses of their own. Photo by Laura Jamieson Emily Dickinson may be one of the world’s most celebrated poetesses, but during her own lifetime, she was known for something a bit more...
Emily Dickinson – Her True Self from Flash Rosenberg on Vimeo . Flash Rosenberg is a visual artist, photographer, performing artist, writer, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She often signs her name with exclamation points and cares for three pet turtles that she rescued from a soup pot in Chinatown...
Kay Ryan, U.S. Poet Laureate 2008-2010. Photo by Christina Koci Hernandez, used courtesy of The Library of Congress I just rediscovered some great poetic audio in our digital archives. Hearing the brilliant contemporary poet Kay Ryan read the not-so-contemporary Emily Dickinson was like finding...
"A blossom" - Letter 803 from Emily Dickinson to Forrest F. Emerson, who briefly served as the pastor of the First Church at Amherst from June 12, 1879 until he was dismissed on February 21, 1883. Image (c) President and Fellows of Harvard College Does a poem read differently when it’s handwritten...
Tucson, Arizona Dancer and writer Kimi Eisele. Photo by Jade Beall Great writers are said to "make words dance," but in Tucson, Arizona, two artists are teaching their community to make dance from words. As part of Kore Press?s Big Read , dancer/writer Kimi Eisele and poet/publisher Lisa Bowden...
Audiences engage in art therapy with the help of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Photo courtesy of Roswell Reads The High Plains Writing Project in Roswell, New Mexico is one of our Big Read communities this year---their third time with us! I recently had the chance to chat with Dr. Heidi Huckabee of...
Detroit, Michigan As part of Camp Dickinson, middle and high school dancers and musicians collaborate to create a performance piece inspired by Emily Dickinson?s poetry. Photo courtesy of InsideOut Literary Arts Project Last December, singer/songwriter Blair debuted his song cycle based on Emily...
Brockton, MA Massasoit Community College students create collaborative word collages and graphic poems inspired by Emily Dickinson's poetry at Word-A-Palooza!, one of the Fuller Craft Museum's Big Read events. Photo courtesy of Fuller Craft Museum The Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts...

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