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Amherst Poetry Festival

September 17, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
280 Main Street
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  • 6AM Emily Dickinson Marathon. Over the course of approximately 14 hours, all of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems are read out loud in the home and landscape where she wrote them. All are welcomed into a circle where each member may choose to read from or simply listen to Dickinson’s work as part of an annual tradition that’s now in its twelfth year. Individual sign-ups not required. Groups who wish to attend should e-mail edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
  • 9:30AM-11AM The Place You’d Like to Go: Demystifying Submissions and the Publication Process at the Emily Dickinson Museum. This panel is for newer poets seeking to publish, for experienced poets coming back from a publishing hiatus, and for poets who are dissatisfied with their current publication records. Though many poets are skilled in their art, they may not be great at the less-fun work of submitting poems or understanding the decision-making process of editors. In this session panelists pull back the curtain on what seems a very complex and behind-the-scenes process, and discuss their own submission practices and acceptance rates, and how to support others in the literary community in the process.
    Panelists are poets who have worked as editors and readers at The Paris Review, The Denver Quarterly, Common Ground Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Sundress Publications, and Tuesday; an Art Project. Janet BowdanMRB Chelko, and Karen Skolfield share insight from both sides of the publishing equation.
  • 2-2:45PM Children are Poets Too! – A Writing Workshop for Children and Adults at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Children and Poets have a lot in common. They see the world afresh, enjoy word play, and often share a love of the natural world. Write alongside a child you love and enjoy the creativity that flows between the two of you. During this workshop in Emily Dickinson’s garden, writing prompts that relate to the poet will spark your creativity. Appropriate for children ages six and up. An adult must accompany children. Burleigh Muten, author of Miss Emily (a novel in verse) and tour guide at The Emily Dickinson Museum, has led writing workshops throughout New England for adults and children for 25 years. Inspiring young authors is one of the joys of being an author and teacher.
  • 4:30-6PM The Sugar Bush: A Sense of Place–Poem to Art to Book to Movie a workshop for all ages at the Emily Dickinson Museum. Bring your favorite place of heart, mind, and imagination–from nature, city, home, or beyond–and in our workshop, transform that place into a poem, then an illustration, and finally a hand-bound book, all of your own making.  We will also explore ways to make that book into a video using smart phone or other video technology. As a model we will use ZACH ‘S MAPLE SUGARING BOOK, a narrative poem with colored pencil drawings by workshop leader Pamela Bailey Powers, which was set to film by poet and filmmaker Anton Yakovlev. Materials will be provided; participants are welcome to bring their own materials, laptops, paper, pens, pencils, water colors, etc., if they like. Pamela Bailey Powers (pbp) is a writer, visual and theater artist who lives in Lexington, MA.
  • 8:30PM “These worlds in us”: James Tate and Amherst at the James Tate stage on the Museum grounds. Celebrate the work of beloved Amherst poet James Tate and his impact on the UMass MFA program and the greater writing community of western Massachusetts. Kaveh Akbar, founder and editor of the poetry interview site Divedapper, will moderate a panel of Tate’s former students and friends including Lisa Beskin and Corwin Ericson. Featuring readings by Peter Gizzi, Halie Theoharides, and Hannah Brooks-Motl.
  • 10PM Amherst Poetry Festival Wrap-Up Party at the Museum.  The festival concludes with a party in the garden from 10 pm to 11:30PM featuring music, food, and festivities.


Date: September 17, 2016
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Address: 280 Main Street

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