Amherst Arts Night with Janelle Codianni, Courtney Brooke and Duly Noted

Storyteller Janelle Codianni and photographer Courtney Brooke join us as our featured reader and artist during the monthly Emily Dickinson Poetry Open Mic, Reading, and One-Night Art Exhibit. Our featured performers are UMass a capella group Duly Noted.

The event, part of Amherst Arts Night Plus, takes place in Emily Dickinson's house, the Homestead. The art exhibit runs from 5 to 8 pm. Duly Noted will perform at 5:30pm to 6:00pm. Poetry open mic signups are from 5 to 6 pm, with the open mic beginning at 6 pm and the featured reader following. Free to all! Learn more . 

Courtney Brooke is a photographer and conceptual artist. She explores the ties of the feminine to nature and spirituality through the lens of nostalgia. Moments are depicted that only exist to punctuate human drama and clarify our cosmic existence, while finding the poetic meaning in everyday life.

Brooke’s photos establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. Her works focus on concrete questions that grapple with our existence. By emphasizing aesthetics, she creates work through labour-intensive processes as a personal exorcism ritual. Rather than presenting factual reality, her illusions conjure the realms of our imaginations.


Jannelle Codianni is a New England kid who spent half of her formative years in Northern New Jersey, which makes for a formidable upbringing. Jannelle is fiercely passionate about empowerment, connection, and compassion, and aims to use this trifecta to set herself free. With humor, courage, and unapologetic vulnerability she speaks to issues we are usually trained to keep hidden. 

She has been a featured teller at Club Passim, The Davis Square Theater, The Coolidge Corner Theater, The Out of the Blue Gallery, The Corner, WGBH Boston, The Lilly Pad, The Lars Anderson Auto Museum, and at many Mass Mouth events. She toured nationally with the performance art group The Art Cheerleaders, who performed with bands like Le Tigre, The Need, The Butchies and at the first ever Ladyfest in Olympia, Washington. Jannelle is a graduate of The Massachusetts College of Art’s legendary major: The Studio for Interrelated Media (SIM), where she learned how to perform, produce, and sit calmly through criticism.


In the past few years, Duly Noted has made a real name for itself on the UMass Amherst campus. Growing every year, they pride themselves on embracing the musical individuality of each and every member. Their goal is to support the growth of one another as musicians and continuously expand their musical abilities. As a result, all arrangements are their own. As a "gold standard" for A Cappella, it is Duly Noted's sole purpose to share their passion with all who will listen.

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.