Earlier this month I visited Amherst, MA, and attended the 2017 annual meeting of the Emily Dickinson International Society. On the final evening of the event, all of the participants were treated to a wonderful picnic and entertainment on the lawn of Emily Dickinson’s home, the Homestead.
Prior to that, and just as public tours concluded for the day, both the Homestead and Austin & Susan Dickinson’s home, the Evergreens, were open and available for all of us to walk through.
As I entered the Homestead, a woman who had just finished a public tour was leavning, but she stopped me to ask what was going on. I told her about the EDIS and the weekend event. She told me that she was a high school English teacher, but that she had never heard of the EDIS. She listened raptly as I told her about the organization, the journal, the annual meeting and the international conferences. She said that she was going to look into join the EDIS when she returned home – plus she was going to spread the word among the English teachers at her school.
Are you an English teacher? Are you a fan of the life and work of Emily Dickinson? Are you aware of the EDIS? Information is HERE, and I urge you to consider joining this wonderful group. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the 2017 annual meeting – and you can read all about it( and see lots of pics) in my travelogue HERE.
Of course, as the world’s leading authority on Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request), I also encourage you to check out the Dickinson Organization of Poetry Enthusiasts. Information about the fall meeting of DOPEs is HERE.