Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group @ Emily Dickinson Museum
Apr 20 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion group meets monthly September through May (except for December) for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters.  Featured facilitators each month offer fresh perspectives on Dickinson’s poetry. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to e-mail  edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion.

Session Topic: Poems about Poets & Poetry
In honor of National Poetry Month, the April discussion will focus on some of Emily Dickinson’s poems about poets and poetry. For comparison’s sake, we will also look at  other poets’ poems on the same topic, including poetry by Marianne Moore, Archibald Macleish, and Pablo Neruda. Some of the Dickinson selections are familiar; others less so.

Leader: Bruce M. Penniman taught writing, speech, and literature at Amherst Regional High School from 1971 until 2007. He is the site director of the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 1999 he was Massachusetts Teacher of the Year and a finalist for National Teacher of the Year, and in 2009, and he is the author of Building the English Classroom: Foundations, Support, Success (NCTE, 2009).  He has served as a teacher curriculum mentor in all three NEH Emily Dickinson: Person, Poetry, and Place workshops and has facilitated discussions in the Poetry Discussion Group on topics ranging from Emily Dickinson and the Bible to Emily Dickinson and Science.


Members Reception: Paddington™ Comes to America @ Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Apr 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

5:00 pm Reception
6:15 pm Paddington Bear at 60, with Paddington Bear Illustrator R. W. Alley

Members RSVP by April 16 to Jenny Darling Stasinos at membership@carlemuseum.org.

This exhibition is generously supported by HarperCollins Children’s Books, global publisher of the Paddington Bear books since 1958 and YOTTOY Productions, long term toy partner of Paddington in the US since 1995.
R. W. Alley, Illustration for Paddington at the Tower, HarperCollins, 2011. Courtesy of the artist. © R. W. Alley 2018.

Berkshire Theatre Group Presents Billy Budd in the Breadbox: The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor @ Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Apr 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

by Jana Laiz, adapted and directed by Travis G. Daly History comes to life in this exciting new play about Herman Melville, author of Moby DickBilly Budd in the Breadbox is based on the book, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor, by Jana Laiz. Told through the eyes of his granddaughter, Eleanor, the show follows the special relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Eleanor discovers that her grandfather has a secret and is determined to figure out what it is. Along her journey, you’ll go on an interactive and educational history lesson from Herman Melville himself. Hear his stories and learn about what inspired such writings at Moby DickTypeeBilly Budd and more. Based on a true discovery that brought the writings of Herman Melville back to life. The play features stories about local Berkshire history including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain. There will be a book signing with the author, Jana Laiz, following the performance.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.

Poem in Your Pocket Day 2018 @ Emily Dickinson Museum
Apr 26 all-day

Join The Emily Dickinson Museum and The Academy of American Poets in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day! Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day  and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

On April 26, The Emily Dickinson Museum will grant free admission all day to any visitors who can recite a Dickinson poem from memory. Bring a budding poet for free activities. Make a “Poem Catcher” craft, decorate a miniature pot and plant seeds from Emily Dickinson’s own garden, or take a Story Walk through the Dickinson landscape.

This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required. 

Common Threads Poetry Discussion for National Poetry Month @ Emily Dickinson Museum
Apr 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Poetry is alive in Massachusetts this spring in this friendly discussion group at the Emily Dickinson Museum! Facilitated by local poet Adam Grabowski in the home of Amherst’s favorite poet, this discussion will revolve around eight poems by Massachusetts poets featured in Common Threads 2018. Common Threads, an annual publication produced by MassPoetry, includes a guide to reading and discussing these poems and inspires hundreds of programs around the state. This year’s collection focuses on the shared ideas of connection and disconnection.

Poetry newcomers and enthusiasts alike are welcome to this program. Tea and cookies will be served. The participation fee is $5 per person. Space is limited, please reserve a space by calling 413-542-2034.

About Adam Grabowski: Adam’s poetry can be found in Wilderness House, voicemail poems, and The Naugatuck River Review. His chapbook Riding the Margin was published by Destructible Heart Press. A resident of Holyoke, MA, Adam can be found most Tuesday evenings at the World War II Club as one of the collective voices of Northampton Poetry Open Mic.