Celebrate Emily Dickinson's Birthday on December 10 with Events at the Folger!

November 19, 2018

Free screening of "Wild Nights with Emily" at 5 pm, followed by "Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings" featuring Jen Bervin & Martha Nell Smith at 7:30 pm.

"Wild Nights with Emily"

"Wild Nights with Emily" (2018) stars Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson in a film written and directed by Madeline Olnick. Learn more about the project here.

Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings

This reading and conversation engages with Dickinson scholar Martha Nell Smith, executive editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives and artist/poet Jen Bervin, creator of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems—the first full-color facsimile edition of Dickinson’s manuscripts, which reproduces her experimental late work composed on scraps of envelopes.
Co-editor of The Gorgeous Nothings, Jen Bervin is a poet and visual artist. Her other books include Draft Notation and The Dickinson Composites. She has received fellowships and residencies in art and writing from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Center for Book Arts.

Dickinson scholar Martha Nell Smith is Founding Director of the Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the University of Virginia. Her publications include Emily Dickinson, A User’s Guide and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson.
2018.12.10: Folger hosts Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute featuring Martha Nell Smith
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.