Amherst Poetry Festival

Amherst Poetry Festival

Saturday, Sep 21, 2019 at 6:00am


Schedule of Events

6:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.: The Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon

Our epic, one-day reading of all 1,789 poems of Emily Dickinson! Participants are welcome to stay for the whole event, or stop by throughout the day. This event will move throughout the day. From 6:00 to 10:30 a.m., the Marathon will take place in the Homestead parlors. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the Marathon will take place under the Main Stage tent on the Museum lawn. At 4:00 p.m., the Marathon will move back to the parlors.

Location: The Emily Dickinson Museum

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.: Drawing Poems and Writing Pictures: A Workshop for Children and Adults

In this family-friendly workshop, multilingual poet María Luisa Arroyo will warmly welcome and guide participants to draw pictures and write new poems. Multicultural and multilingual children's books, such Francisco Alarcón's Poems to Dream Together, will inspire participants of all ages and stages to create images and poems using their family or heart language(s). At the end, María Luisa will encourage participants to share their new work.

Location: Jones Library

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: "I See What You're Saying": A Poetry and Visual Arts Collaboration Workshop

If a poet creates pictures with words, and an artist tells stories with images, what narrative possibilities emerge when the two work in tandem? This dynamic workshop will share inspiration, strategies, and prompts for creating imagery in response to words, creating words in response to imagery, and experimenting with the real-time collaborative high jinks of mixing the two. Participants will look at highlights from landmark collaborations by Frank O’Hara and Larry Rivers, Anne Carson and Bianca Stone. This workshop is perfect for all levels in either writing or visual art. Participants will leave feeling electrified by new ways of thinking and creating and with an original visual/verse piece!

Location: The Emily Dickinson Museum

12:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Calling All Poets! A Family Writing Workshop

Spend the afternoon writing poetry in Emily Dickinson's garden. Led by children's author and Emily Dickinson Museum tour guide Burleigh Muten, this workshop is designed for all ages.

Location: The Emily Dickinson Museum

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: A Poetry Masterclass with Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Hone your craft with Pushcart Prize-winning poet and Amherst Poetry Festival headliner, Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

Location: The Powerhouse

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Poetry and Curiosities of the Sciences

Emily Dickinson, a passionate botanist and observer of nature, often used close observation to ask questions and illuminate essential truths. In this workshop, participants will examine poems that feature intersections of science and poetry and discuss the ways in which a scientific approach to the creative process could inform their practice/s.

Location: The Emily Dickinson Museum

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: "To Boldly Go": Space Poems, Imagination, and Exploration

Explore the edges of the universe and return with essential observations. In this panel, poets will share work that orbits subjects as far-ranging as love, ecology, politics, and law, highlighting the way these poems use scientific data gathered by increasingly sophisticated technologies and the speculative power of the imagination. There will also be a question and answer session and group discussion about the craft of writing poems that look to the stars while speaking to our terrestrial existence.

Location: The Powerhouse

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: "Who Wore It Better?"

Emily Dickinson's poetry has inspired countless composers to set her texts to song, and in this exciting program, participants will vote on which musician "wore" it best! This event promises to be a fun way to introduce participants to the hundreds of songs inspired by Emily Dickinson's poetry.

Location: Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.: Saturday Reading with Paige Lewis and Aimee Nezhukumatathil and Late Night Garden Party with Look Park

Don't miss our second evening of poetry. Join us in Emily Dickinson's garden to hear the powerful work of our headlining poets. Then celebrate another year of poetry in the Pioneer Valley with live music from Look Park, book signings, and refreshments under the stars.

Location: The Emily Dickinson Museum

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