Emily Dickinson Marathon 2018

Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 6AM-9PM

On Saturday, September 22, 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 by Emily Dickinson. The Marathon, now in its 14th year, is the cornerstone event of the Amherst Poetry Festival, which celebrates the literary legacy of the Pioneer Valley. The Marathon will take place from 6 a.m. to approximately 9 p.m. at the Emily Dickinson Museum.  The event is free and open to the public.  Parking is available on Main Street and on surrounding streets.





About the Marathon: Whether you’re a long-time Emily Dickinson fan or someone hoping to experience her marvelous work for the first time, this is the perfect chance to engage with Dickinson’s poetry in the place where she composed it.  The Marathon attracts poets, writers, journalists, children, college students, families, teachers, poetry lovers and even people who thought they didn’t like poetry.  All are welcome to stay for the full 15+ hours or to drop by to appreciate just a single poem. Readers and listeners are encouraged. The reading begins inside the Homestead parlors, moves outside under a tent in the day time, and returns indoors in the early evening. Participants may wish to bring a water bottle and their personal copy of the Ralph Franklin 1998 reading edition of the poems. The reading takes place in a seated circle, with each participant reading one poem at a time. We begin with the undated poems before returning to Franklin number 1 and working our way through chronologically. 

Find out more about the 6th annual Amherst Poetry Festival here: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/AmherstPoetryFestival