March 16, 2011
An Emily Dickinson Tour
Practically everyone knows of Emily Dickinson and many have an opinion about what makes her so fascinating — is it her that intrigues us or or is it her work? I’m particularly proud of this podcast mostly thanks to the articulate and interesting Dickinson experts and fans I got to speak with and who, I hope, will inspire you to look at Dickinson again. Also, there are some lovely readings by our friend Emily Ballou who, allegedly, is something of a Dickinson fanatic. Enjoy the show!
We visit Amherst, Massachusetts, home of Emily Dickinson, where Ryan talks with Dickinson experts Tevis Kimble, curator of special collections at the Jones Library, Emily Dickinson House director Jane Wald as well as the charming poet and tour guide Henk Rossouw.
First published Sunday 16 January, 2011
About Emily Dickinson
“Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a poet with an exceptional ability to distill ‘amazing sense’ from ‘ordinary meanings.’ Her poetry is now considered among the finest in the English language.
Yet much about this fascinating figure’s life and work is misunderstood. Often caricatured in popular culture as a white-clad recluse who poured out morbid verse in the sanctuary of her bedroom, Emily Dickinson was a serious artist whose intellectual curiosity and emotional intensity are revealed in concise and compelling poems that capture a range of human experiences.”
Text: © www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org
- Read much more about Emily Dickinson at www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org
About Jane Wald
Jane Wald is the Director of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Mass. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College, studied historical archaeology at the College of William and Mary and received a graduate degree in American history from Princeton University. Prior to her tenure at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Wald served as assistant director of development and marketing at Old Sturbridge Village and director of The Evergreens, under the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust. Upon the merger of the Homestead and The Evergreens in 2003, she became the museum’s associate director.
About Tevis Kimball
Tevis Kimball is the curator of special collections at Jones Library, Amherst, where she is also acting Director.
About Henk Rossouw
Henk lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A., where he’s studying towards his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts. Currently, he works as an adviser to undergraduate students.
- More about Henk
- Henk Rossouw reads his poem in Times Square as part of Bright Lights Big Verse, sponsored by the Poetry Society of America and the Times Square Alliance. September 29, 2009.
We are delighted to have Emily Ballou read Emily Dickinson’s poems on this podcast. You can listen to Emily Ballou’s podcast in our archive.