April 4, 2019 Arts Night Plus with Joy Ladin and Russell Steven Powell

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/events. Each month enjoy the following:

  • 5PM-8PM View the pop-up exhibition of contemporary art in the Homestead
  • 5 to 6 pm: Open mic signups for poets, writers, performers of any kind. Share your work in a safe, welcoming, and inspiring place!
  • 6 pm: Open mic begins
  • Featured readers follow the open mic

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.


Joy Ladin Portrait


April 4 Arts Night program:


Joy Ladin is the author of nine books of poetry, including 2017's The Future is Trying to Tell Us Something: New and Selected Poems and Fireworks in the Graveyard, and two Lambda Literary Award finalists Impersonation and Transmigration. Her memoir of gender transition, Through the Door of Life, was a 2012 National Jewish Book Award finalist; another work of creative non-fiction, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspectiveis a current finalist for a Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship, among other honors. She holds the Chair in English at Stern College of Yeshiva University. Links to her poems and essays are available at wordpress.joyladin.com.




Russell Steven Powell's pop-up exhibition at the Homestead on Arts Night will include paintings inspired by his time in Emily Dickinson's bedroom during 'A mighty room': Studio Session.  Of this experience he wrote: "It was powerful to sit in the poet's room and feel her presence. I imagine myself lying in bed or sitting at my writing table, listening to the muffled sounds of the household below, taking the scenery in, chewing on my pencil. At times my mind races, lost in thought. At other times my mind is quiet. That is when the poetry begins."

Powell has a long history as a writer, including poetry. His interest in Emily Dickinson is long-standing, having published an article by Dickinson scholar Polly Longsworth in his award-winning magazine, New England Watershed, in 2006. Powell is also a pomologist who gave a talk at the Museum in 2016 to celebrate the reinstated orchard at the Homestead. He describes his painting as visual poetry. Much of his inspiration comes from the landscape along the Connecticut River, where he hasresided for more than 35 years. Many more of his paintings can be seen on his website, russellpowell.net