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Amherst Poetry Festival Kickoff at Amherst BID Block Party

September 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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  • 5-9PM Poemkémon: Gotta Read ‘Em All Scavenger Hunt.  Poems will be hidden throughout downtown Amherst. Maps can be picked up at the Amherst Poetry Festival/Emily Dickinson Museum tent that night with clues for the hunt. Those who return with all of the Poemkémon will earn a prize.  Poets: James Tate, Emily Dickinson, Tulip ChowdhuryLesléa Newman, Jacob Chapman, Lori Desrosiers. 
  • 6:30PM Donuts and Death: A Baker’s Dozen of Emily Dickinson’s Most Depressing PoemsMeet in West Cemetery, where Emily Dickinson is buried. This 30 minute poetry walk explores Amherst and Dickinson history using some of her darkest poems. Free gingerbread doughnut (based on Dickinson’s recipe) included.
  • 9PM  Dickinson After Dark: Poetry Open Mic and Featured Readers.  Join us under the tent at the James Tate Stage  on the grounds of the Emily Dickinson Museum for a poetry open mic, music, and featured readers:  Karen Skofield and Eric Wasileski of Warrior Writers and Adam Grabowski.


Date: September 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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