Poetry Walk

Saturday, May 13, 2017

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

The Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk marks the anniversary of the poet’s death (on May 15, 1886) with readings of her poetry at historic sites in Amherst. This spring’s Walk will feature Dickinson’s works inspired by the natural world and the plants she grew in her conservatory at the Homestead, which has been restored this spring.

The Poetry Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Homestead conservatory and proceeds through Amherst, stopping at sites significant in Dickinson’s life, and concluding at the poet’s grave in West Cemetary. At the cemetary, participants are invited to join in the traditional light-headted toast to the Poet and to read a favorite Dickinson poem. The walk lasts about an hour.

The stops are: the Homestead Conservatory, the Meadow (intrepreted on the path between The Homestead and The Evergreens), the North Common, the site of Amherst Academy (across the street from Jones Library), the site of the Pleasant Street House (at Wren's Mobil Station), and Dickinson's grave in the West Cemetary. Latecomers are welcome to join the tour at any stop.

This year’s selection of poems will be read by volunteers from the audience. All who would like to read should arrive at the Homestead at 10:15 a.m. to receive an assignment; poems will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Participants are encouraged to carpool. Wheelchair accessible parking is available at the Homestead; all other vehicles are asked to park on the street or use town parking downtown, a short walk from the Museum. For more information about accessibility on the Walk, call 413-542-2034.

The Poetry Walk takes place rain or shine. 

This program is free and open to all.