Final Weekend

My Emily Dickinson

Saturday, June 12

Conservatory Lawn

Special guests will share how Dickinson has shaped their lives and works, while reading a few of their favorite Dickinson poems.

3 p.m.

Susan Howe, author of My Emily Dickinson
Stephen Stepanchev, first Poet Laureate of Queens and author of American Poetry Since 1945
Moderated by Robert N. Casper, Programs Director, Poetry Society of America


5 p.m.

Lyndall Gordon, biographer and author of Lives Like Loaded Guns
Joyce Carol Oates, professor and author Wild Nigths!: Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James, and Hemingway
Moderated by Alice Quinn, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America


Dickinson Themed Readings

Perennial Garden

Participate in a thematic reading of Emily Dickinson’s poems. Select some of your favorite Dickinson poems relating to death, bees, roses, flowers, birds, and trees and join in celebrating the life and works of this great American poet.

Death, Bees, and Roses

June 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.


Flowers, Birds, and Trees

June 13, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


Sign up to read in one of the Final Weekend readings.

Emily Dickinson in ‘Eden’: The Spring Garden

June 13, 4–5 p.m.

Ross Lecture Hall

Judith Farr, professor of English Emerita at Georgetown University and author of The Gardens of Emily Dickinson, presents a lecture and slide show that delves into the topic of Dickinson’s habit of referring to her own two acre garden as “my Eden” or “Eden in Amherst” and how this image of Eden that prevails in her poems and letters corresponds to the images of Eden that appear in the works of the American Hudson River and Impressionist painters.

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