April Arts Night Plus

About Arts Night Plus at the Museum:

 The Emily Dickinson Museum participates in Amherst Arts Night Plus on first Thursdays each month. Free and open to all! Learn more  at www.EmilyDickinsonMuseum.org/eventsEach month enjoy the following:

  • Pop-up contemporary art exhibit in the Homestead from 5 to 8 pm
  • Open mic signups from 5 to 6 pm, with the open mic beginning at 6 pm
  • Featured readers follow the open mic 

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.

April 5, 2018 Arts Night:

Featured artist: Photographs by Caterina Kenworthy 

Caterina Kenworthy is 22 years old and originally from Brooklyn, New York.  She recently graduated from Hampshire College where she studied photography, writing, and journalism. She uses photography to document and examine her daily interactions with the world. Surface Tension is a year long project that explores femininity in all its beauty and terror. Kenworthy is influenced and inspired by the rich and evolving identities of the women, femmes, and non-binary people in my community. This collection of photographs is invitation to reconsider and revise the visual language we use when it comes to femininity and how that language affects our understanding of identity. 

Featured readers:

This Arts Night will feature readers from NASTY WOMEN POETS: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, published in 2017 by Lost Horse Press. This timely collection of poems speaks not just to the current political climate and the man who is responsible for its title, but to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations. The nasty women poets included here talk back to the men who created those limitations, honor foremothers who offered models of resistance and survival, rewrite myths, celebrate their own sexuality and bodies, and the girlhoods they survived. They sing, swear, swagger, and celebrate, and stake claim to life and art on their own terms.

Featured readers from this anthology are:

Kathleen Aguero’s most recent book of poetry is After That (Tiger Bark Press).  She teaches in the Solstice low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.

DeMisty D. Bellinger’s writing has appeared in many places, including The Rumpus, and her chapbook, Rubbing Elbows, is available from Finishing Line Press. She teaches creative writing at Fitchburg State University.

Julie Cyr has been published by Smoky Quartz, Five 2 One Magazine, Blood and Thunder Journal and Broad River Review. Julie holds an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Amy Dryansky’s poetry collection, Grass Whistle, received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award. Her first, How I Got Lost So Close To Home, was published by Alice James and individual poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals. She’s the current Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA.

Gail Hanlon’s poetry has appeared in Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, CutbankOnline, Iowa Review, and Best American Poetry, among other journals and anthologies. She edited Voicing Power: Conversations with Visionary Women (Hachette), and has published SIFT, a chapbook (Finishing Line).

Rage Hezekiah is a MacDowell and Cave Canem Fellow who earned her MFA from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Fifth Wednesday, Tampa Review, Salamander, and West Branch, as well as other journals and anthologies. 

Janet E. Aalfs, poet laureate emeritus of Northampton, MA and founder/director of Lotus Peace Arts at VWMA has recently returned from co-facilitating a performance program called Labyrinth Through Fear: A Gift Event in Langa township, Cape Town, South Africa. Her poems have been published widely, and her most recent book is Bird of a Thousand Eyes, Levellers Press.