Celebrate Emily Dickinson's birthday at the Folger Shakespeare Library! Join us for our annual tribute to Dickinson, featuring presentations by distinguished scholar Martha Nell Smith and artist, writer, and editor Jen Bervin.
Jen Bervin's multidisciplinary work results from poetic and conceptual investigations of material, research, and collaboration, to activate the intersections of art and scholarship; text and textiles; reading, writing, and listening; as well as those of culture, craft, and technology. Bervin's work has been exhibited internationally; her publications include ten books including Silk Poems (Nightboat Books) and Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems with Marta Werner (Christine Burgin / New Directions), a Book of the Year selection by The New Yorker, and Times Literary Supplement. jenbervin.com
Martha Nell Smith is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Professor of English, and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland. Her publications include seven singly and coauthored/coedited books, most recently, Emily Dickinson, A User's Guide. Coordinator and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects, Smith co-edited Emily Dickinson's Correspondence: A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry, and serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard University Press's Emily Dickinson Archive. The recipient of numerous awards from the NEH, the ACLS, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Smith is a founding board member of the Emily Dickinson International Society, for which she serves as President. Featured in a documentary about Dickinson, My Letter to the World, Smith's work was foundational for Wild Nights with Emily, an award-winning feature film starring Molly Shannon as Emily Dickinson.
Co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and Poetry Society of America.
Free and open to the public.
Folger Elizabethan Theatre
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003