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Saturday, April 30 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
This is a Mighty Room: Poetry Written in Emily Dickinson's Bedroom

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In 2014, the Emily Dickinson Museum invited over 40 poets into Emily Dickinson's bedroom, the creative space where she wrote nearly all of her poems. The room was in the midst of a restoration that had stripped away the 20th century additions, leaving bare walls, the wood floors Dickinson had walked on and which had been covered by other flooring for nearly 100 years, and the outline of the original door to the room, plastered over in 1855. The space, while dilapidated, was as close as possible as anyone would ever get to Dickinson's own creative space. We wanted poets to experience this raw, powerful space, before the room was fully restored, and offered each an hour to write there. A book of those poems, A Mighty Room, will be coming out later this fall or early next winter, and we would love to premiere it at the festival.

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Michael Medeiros

Public Relations Coordinator, The Emily Dickinson Museum
Michael Medeiros is the public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. He is a member of Northampton poetry, and recently edited A Mighty Room, a compilation of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom.

Speakers
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Lloyd Schwartz

Frederick S. Troy Professor of English, University of Massachusetts Boston
Lloyd Schwartz is Frederick S. Troy Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaches in the MFA program. He is a commentator on music and the arts for National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Senior Editor of Classical Music for New York Arts, and Contributing Arts Critic for WBUR’s The ARTery. For 35 years he was the Classical Music Editor of The Boston Phoenix, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism... Read More →
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Ellen Steinbaum

Poet, Journalist, Blogger
Ellen Steinbaum is the author of three poetry collections, "Afterwords," "Container Gardening," and "Brightness Falls." Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is included in Garrison Keillor’s “Good Poems, American Places” and “The Widows’ Handbook.” An award-winning journalist and former literary columnist for The Boston Globe,  she writes a blog, “Reading and Writing and the Occasional Recipe,” which can... Read More →


Saturday April 30, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
PEM East India Marine Hall Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970