Events

The Emily Dickinson Museum offers a variety of events and public programs throughout the year. Some programs celebrate poetry—the Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk in May and the Poetry Marathon in September. Others, like the Nineteenth-Century Children’s Circus in July, bring the past into sharper focus.

Upcoming Events 

Spring and Summer 2018

'a mighty room': Studio Sessions in Emily Dickinson's Bedroom

A rare opportunity to seek inspiration in the Poet's own creative space! DETAILS>>

2018 Gardener-In-Residence Programs

Garden historian and author Marta McDowell leads volunteer opportunities and public programs across three seasons at the Museum. DETAILS>>

September 20-23 Amherst Poetry Festival

Now in its sixth year, the Amherst Poetry Festival returns featuring the Emily Dickinson Marathon, AstroPoets, Shayla Lawson, Ocean Vuong, and more. DETAILS>>

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September 21 Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

The Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly for a lively discussion of Emily Dickinson's poetry and letters. DETAILS>>

September 22 The Emily Dickinson Marathon

As part of the Amherst Poetry Festival, Emily Dickinson lovers of all ages can get up with the birds to join the Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, a day-long marathon reading of all 1,789 poems. DETAILS>>

September 29 Gardener's Workshop: Wreaths & Swags

Preserve the scents and sights of summer with a seasonal wreath or swag! With guidance from gardener Karl Longto, design your own, then take it home to dry in place. DETAILS>>

September 30 Gardener's Workshop: Propogating Figs 

Emily Dickinson’s mother grew figs?--and you can, too!  Gardener-in-residence Marta McDowell will lead participants in propagating figs from cuttings.  DETAILS>>

October 1 Digging at the Dickinsons': Findings from the 2018 Field School in Historic Archaeology

For Massachusetts Archaeology Month hear from the professional archaeologists about the evidence found within the grounds of the Museum during the summer 2018 Field School. DETAILS>>

October 3-6 Before You Became Improbable

This popular immersive theater production returns after sold-out runs in 2014 and 2015. Explore the correspondence between Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson in this theatrical journey through Amherst. DETAILS>>

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October 19 Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

 

The Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly for a lively discussion of Emily Dickinson's poetry and letters. DETAILS>>

 

November 4 Dickinson's Eden: A Performance by the Red Skies Music Ensemble

Join us for an autumnal musical program with the Red Skies Ensemble. This program illuminates the confluence of Dickinson’s musical engagements in home music making with her sister Vinnie and the life-time botanical passion that helped form her personal soundscape bridging her musical, poetic and natural worlds.  DETAILS>>

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November 16 Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group

 

 

The Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly for a lively discussion of Emily Dickinson's poetry and letters. DETAILS>>

 

December 2 After Emily: A reading and book signing by Julie Dobrow

After Emily (Norton, 2018) is a a new biography that weaves together the stories of Dickinson and her posthumous editors, exploring how these fraught relationships affected the introduction of the poet's work to the world. DETAILS>>

December 8 Emily Dickinson's Birthday Celebration

Each year on the Saturday closest to Dickinson's December 10 birthday, the Museum holds an open house with activities and birthday cake to celebrate our favorite poet! 

Past Events