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Sunday, October 6
 

4:00pm

"Some Favored Nook": A Song Cycle by Eric Nathan
Limited Capacity seats available

The Emily Dickinson Museum is pleased to present “Some Favored Nook,” a song cycle by Eric Nathan inspired by the significant correspondence between Emily Dickinson and Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Eric Nathan’s original composition places Dickinson and Higginson’s writings at the center of the music, using these pivotal texts as a lens through which to view the social, political, and cultural issues of this chapter in American history. Filled with themes of abolition, civil rights, women’s rights, the effects of war, love, and death, the song cycle will be performed on Sunday, October 6, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the Amherst Women’s Club. This work will feature performances by soprano Tony Arnold, baritone William Sharp, and pianist Molly Morkoski.

Please visit our website to learn more and to purchase tickets: https://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/some-favored-nook-a-song-cycle-by-eric-nathan-october-6-2019/

Sunday October 6, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Amherst Women's Club 35 Triangle Street, Amherst, MA
 
Tuesday, October 8
 

7:30pm

Dana Levin Poetry Reading
In Dana Levin’s Banana Palace (Copper Canyon, 2016), the act of scrolling through a cellphone becomes linked with a sibyl’s prophetic voice and an overheard rant on the street swirls with the force of the oracular. In Levin’s work, this collision of voices becomes a means of interrogating the complex collage of information and human desires in an era that seems wracked with political and global anxieties. These are urgent and inventive poems, determined equally to confront the vicissitudes of our age as well as the interiority of the self. Dana Levin has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Library of Congress and the Guggenheim Foundation. She teaches at Maryville University in St. Louis, where she serves as a distinguished writer in residence.


Tuesday October 8, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
 
Saturday, October 12
 

1:00pm

Reading with SRP Poets at the Great Falls Word Festival
The Shea Theater Arts Center, downstairs theater
71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
For information, contact the Shea (413) 648-7432 or info@slateroofpress.com

Join the energy at the Great Falls Word Festival with Slate Roof poets reading from recent books and current work.

Readers/Speakers
avatar for Janet MacFadyen

Janet MacFadyen

Managing Editor, Slate Roof Press
Janet is author of four works, most recently Waiting to Be Born (Dos Madres Press 2017) and In the Provincelands (Slate Roof Press 2012). Her poetry has been nominated the Forward Prize (UK), and twice for a Pushcart. It has appeared in The Atlantic, Poetry, The Southern Poetry Review... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Shea Theater Arts Center 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
 
Friday, October 18
 

12:00pm

Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group
Join us on October 18 for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Discussion Group. This month’s topic: Who’s Who in the Dickinson Lexicon. What do Queen Elizabeth, Captain Kidd, William Tell, and Sappho have in common? Give up? They are all named in Emily Dickinson poems! We know that Dickinson populated her verse with flora and fauna, but what people did she choose to include – and why? In this session, we will look at the complete list of historical figures mentioned in Dickinson’s poetry (not including biblical or literary characters, family members, and friends) and discuss several poems in which some of them serve as metaphors or analogies. This month’s facilitator is Bruce M. Penniman.
The Emily Dickinson Museum’s Poetry Discussion Group meets monthly, September through May, for lively conversation about Emily Dickinson’s poetry and letters. The Poetry Discussion Group meets at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the second floor of Amherst College’s Frost Library. Participants should proceed directly to the Library and do not need to stop at the Museum. While no RSVP is required, participants are invited to email edmprograms@emilydickinsonmuseum.org to receive a list of poems for discussion. 


Friday October 18, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
The Emily Dickinson Museum 280 Main Street, Amherst, MA 01002
 
Tuesday, November 5
 

7:30pm

Camille Dungy Poetry Reading
The title poem of Camille Dungy’s Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2017) dares its reader to resist a connection between incremental—yet vast—changes to Yellowstone’s ecosystem following a reintroduction of gray wolves and Dungy’s thoughts on motherhood: “Don’t / you tell me this is not the same as my story. All this / life born from one hungry animal, this whole / new landscape.” The author of four collections of poetry and a book of essays, Dungy has also written extensively about the invisibility of African-American authors in the historically white-dominated field of nature writing; in 2009, she edited the anthology Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (University of Georgia Press, 2009), asserting that without the perspective of writers of color, nature writing becomes less a conversation than a monologue. Camille Dungy has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and Yaddo, and recently won a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in Colorado and is a professor in the English Department at Colorado State University.

Supported by the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee and CEEDS (the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability)

Tuesday November 5, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
 
Tuesday, November 19
 

7:30pm

Lee Ann Roripaugh Poetry Reading
Lee Ann Roripaugh writes with imagination and candor, fearlessly engaging with a broad range of topics: Japanese internment, the Fukushima disaster, and the semiotics of language. Roripaugh’s latest collection of poems, tsunami vs. the fukushima 50 (Milkweed Editions, 2019)  distills the grand scale of natural (and human-influenced) disasters through compassionate, complicated monologues and persona poems, capturing the anxieties of humans faced with the previously unthinkable. In the poem “mothra flies again,” a woman pregnant with twins wrestles with the unknown following the Fukushima disaster: “at night I lie awake and unpack / my worries like wooden kokeishi dolls, / nested one inside the other // what if? what if? what if?” Roripaugh has been awarded the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Poetry/Prose as well as the South Dakota Arts Council Artist Fellowship Grant. Her poem "Utsuroi" was recently featured on recent U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith's podcast, "The Slowdown." Roripaugh is currently the South Dakota Poet Laureate, and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of South Dakota. 

Supported by the Smith College Museum of Art and the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures 

Tuesday November 19, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
 
Tuesday, December 10
 

7:30pm

Ciaran Berry Poetry Reading
In the opening poem of Ciaran Berry’s acclaimed third collection, Liner Notes (The Gallery Press, 2018), the speaker’s engagement with the past is first compared to a film playing backwards, then to reading the liner notes on a familiar album raised “grail-like into the wayward light.” In Berry’s work, there is no one way of engaging with the complexities of the past that could ever be sufficient. Reaching back into the recesses of a life growing up in Ireland that seems at once familiar and othered, these poems—both celebratory and elegiac—veer, rewind, and roam between subjects as diverse as the death of Elvis, a visit to a butterfly garden and Dolly the cloned sheep. Berry is also the author of The Dead Zoo (The Gallery Press, 2013), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and The Sphere of Birds (SIU Press, 2008), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. Originally from the West of Ireland, he lives in West Hartford and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Trinity College.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Smith College, Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium
 


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