Nature Poetry Ramble with David K. Leff

Saturday, August 5th 2017 10am – 12:00pm
Rescheduled for Sunday, August 13th, 
10am – 12:00pm

Join naturalist and New England Trail poet-in-residence David K. Leff for a sensory awareness and poetry walk along Amherst’s Emily Dickinson Trail. Drink in the flowing water, fields, and woods of the landscape that inspired Dickinson’s verse. Using techniques from deep travel, we will go slowly and focus on sensory observation and acute awareness of our surroundings. Along the way David will read nature poems of Emily Dickinson, some of his own work, and verse by other  poets. Bring a favorite poem to read, or just come to listen.

We will walk less than 2 miles at an easy grade along the Fort River. Participants are encouraged to bring water and a small snack.

After the walk, all are invited to the Emily Dickinson Museum for refreshments in the garden and more poetry inspired by the natural world. All are welcome to share their own work.

Meet at 9:45am in the Emily Dickinson Museum Tour Center. For directions and parking click here. Complimentary shuttle to the trailhead leaves at 10:00 am.

Recommended for adults and youth 12 and up
Pre-registration required. Please call (413)-542-2034 or e-mail to register.

$10 adults/$5 Friends of the Museum/$5 youth and students with valid college ID

Rain Date: Sunday, August 13th, 10am-12:00pm


About David K. Leff

David K. Leff is an essayist, Pushcart Prize nominated poet and former deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection.  He is the author of nine books.  He currently serves as poet-in-residence for the New England National Scenic Trail (NET), the first ever such designation for any of the country’s eleven such trails established by Congress.  David has served on the boards of the Riverwood Poetry Series, Connecticut Forest and Park Association, the Connecticut Maple Syrup Producers Association and Audubon Connecticut.   He has taught nature poetry at the famed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at the Hill-Stead Museum in FarmingtonConnecticut, the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford and elsewhere.  David is the town meeting moderator and town historian in his hometown of Canton, Connecticut where he also served 26 years as a volunteer firefighter.  His work can be viewed at

This program is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Appalachian Mountain Club and the Connecticut Forest & Park Association.