2012 "Tell it Slant" Award

2012 Tell It Slant Award

The Tell it Slant award has been created to honor individuals whose work, in any field, is imbued with the creative spirit of America’s greatest poet, Emily Dickinson.

2012 Events

Kay Ryan Reading and Tell it Slant Award presentation

Thursday, December 6, at 5:30pm
First Congregational Church, Amherst, MA
Suggested donation: $15.  RSVP online or call 413-542-5311.  Tickets will also be available at the door.


"Poet's" Supper to Inaugurate the Tell it Slant Award

Wednesday, December 5, from 6pm to 8pm
President's House, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
$150/person • $275/couple (includes Kay Ryan reading and Tell it Slant Award presentation, the "Poet's" Supper, and evening reception at The Evergreens and Homestead) $100 is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Join us and special guests for a buffet supper at the home of Amherst College President Biddy Martin. President Martin and award-winning Amherst author Norton Juster will perform a reading of letters exchanged between Emily Dickinson and her literary mentor Thomas Wentworth Higginson.

RSVP by November 30 online or call 413-542-5311.


An Evening Reception at the Homestead and The Evergreens

Thursday, December 6, immediately following Kay Ryan's reading and award presentation.
Emily Dickinson Museum, Amherst, MA
$50/person (includes Kay Ryan reading and Tell it Slant Award presentation, and an evening at The Evergreens and Homestead)

Immediately following the reading at 6:30pm, please join us at The Evergreens and the Homestead for sweets, savories, music, and cheer. For the first time in decades, Martha Dickinson Bianchi's Steinway piano at The Evergreens will ring with music played and enjoyed by the Dickinson family.

RSVP by November 30 online or call 413-542-5311.

Kay Ryan

Kay Ryan, not unlike Emily Dickinson, has lived largely outside the poetry world, pursuing her writing while teaching part-time at the College of Marin, a community college in California. She published her first book of poetry Strangely Marked Metal, in 1985 at the age of forty, yet her work was little noticed until 1999. Just five years later, in 2004, She received both the coveted Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her most recent accolades include a Pulitzer prize and a "Genius" award from the MacArthur Foundation.  Kay Ryan was the Poet Laureate of the United States from 2008-2010.

Additional information and official Press Release


Thank you to our 2012 Tell it Slant Award sponsors:

C.L. Frank and Company Lord Jeffery Inn
Wright Builders Elite Home Health Agency
Amherst College Hampshire College

Loomis Communitites

Bulkley Richardson

Daily Hampshire Gazette (media sponsor)