Judith Farr, scholar of Emily Dickinson and poet in her own right, dies at 85

Judith Farr, scholar of Emily Dickinson and poet in her own right, dies at 85

A beloved, much revered Dickinson scholar has flown. But through her scholarship, her poetry, her fiction, Judith Farr still lives and breathes. 

Click here to read her full Washington Post obituary.


We are happy to announce our next event in our #DickinsonLive series.
A reminder with the zoom link will be circulated a day or two beforehand.
Feel free to invite anyone interested. You can send them the link, or they can request it at mnoble@american.edu.

Speaker: Adalberto Müller
Date: June 4, 2PM EST.
Title: “From South of the Border: Dickinson Latina”

Abstract: In his article “Dickinson Latina,” Müller views Dickinson through the lenses of "foreignhood" and translation. He focuses on poems that involve Spanish and Portuguese words and worlds. Sometimes a small detail, like the cochineal in "A route of Evanescence" or a mention of the mines of Bolivia, opens up a global perspective that disseminates the poem’s circumference.

Adalberto Müller is an Assistant Professor of Literary Theory and Film Studies at Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói – Rio de Janeiro. He was a Visiting Scholar at Yale University in 2013, a Visiting Professor at Université de Lyon2/France, and a visiting scholar in Buffalo in 2018. He published Orson Welles: Banda de um Homem Só (Rio de Janeiro, Azougue, 2015), and “Orson Welles, Author of Don Quixote” (Cinema Journal, 2016), and he has recently translated the Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson in Portuguese.


Our next #DickinsonLive talk will take place on May 7th, at 2PM EST. Members will receive the zoom link the day before. Interested others are welcome. Write mnoble@american.edu for the link.

Title: "Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter!” A reading of original poems from our conversation with Emily Dickinson, by Ivy Schweitzer and Al Salehi

Abstract: How could a woman from an elite Puritan family living in mid-19th-century Amherst possibly be relevant to today’s struggles over racial injustice, oppression, and politics? Compelled by the history of injustices that reached a breaking point in the summer of 2020, we set out in this project to explore Dickinson’s revolutionary poetic voice as it inspired and, surprisingly, echoed our own poetic meditations on the crucial national reckoning about race and justice. This project came about as Al Salehi, a graduate student in Dartmouth’s Liberal Studies program, explored Dickinson’s poetry with Professor Ivy Schweitzer. Inspired by Dickinson, Al produced a manuscript of poems on issues related to the #Blacklivesmatter movements. Ivy, then, composed poems in conversation with both Emily and Al. Their talk highlights the continuing relevance and inspiration of Dickinson’s poetry. They describe their collaboration and read several sections of the now completed manuscript.

Ivy Schweitzer is Professor of English and Creative Writing, and past chair of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Dartmouth College. Her fields are early American literature, American poetry, women’s literature, gender and cultural studies, and digital humanities. She is the editor of The Occom Circle, a digital edition of works by and about Samson Occom, an 18th century Mohegan Indian writer and activist, and co-producer of a full-length documentary film entitled It’s Criminal: A Tale of Prison and Privilege, based on the courses she co-teaches in and about jails. In 2018, she blogged weekly about the year 1862 in the creative life of Emily Dickinson, and recently co-edited a collection of essays in honor of the Occom Circle titled Afterlives of Indigenous Archives. She is currently collaborating on a poetry manuscript entitled “Emily Dickinson in the 21st Century: Black Lives Matter!”
Contact: Ivy.Schweitzer@Dartmouth.edu

Ali Abdolsalehi “Al Salehi” is an American of Persian descent. Ali earned his BA at UCLA and went on to specialize in Digital Library Technologies at Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the CEO of Glancing Interactive Solutions, a biotech company. In June 2021, he will earn his Masters in Liberal Studies with a focus on Creative Writing from Dartmouth College’s Guarini School of Graduate Studies. His thesis is a manuscript of original poems in dialogue with Emily Dickinson on issues related to #Blacklivesmatter movements. Ali has also authored several other full length poetry manuscripts, “The History of Light,” a prequel to “Enter Atlas,” which was a semi-finalist for the University of Wisconsin’s Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, judged by Natasha Trethewey. Ali also plays the electric violin and enjoys making people laugh. He plans on pursuing an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing with a focus on poetry.
Contact: aasalehi@gmail.com

EDIS Member-At-Large Election

2021 Member-At-Large Election

Instructions for Voting

  • If you want to vote electronically, please visit this page.
  • If you want to vote by email, please write to paraic.finnerty@port.ac.uk, subject line “Member-at-Large,” and put your name and the name of your candidate of choice (Gerard Holmes, Adalberto Müller, Wendy Tronrud, Cheryl Weaver) in the email.
  • If you want to vote by mail, please download this form and circle one name and return this ballot along with your contact details to:

    Páraic Finnerty, Milldam, Burnaby Rd,
    University of Portsmouth,
    Portsmouth, PO13AS, UK

VOTING CLOSES ON May 15, 2021.

Click here to read the candidate's statements.

2021 ALA Sessions

Two Pre-recorded Sessions (Available at the ALA and EDIS Youtube website in July)

A. Dickinson and Greenness:

Chair: Elizabeth A. Petrino (Fairfield University), Renée Bergland (Simmons University), Li-hsin Hsu (National Chengchi University)

  1. “‘This Whole Experiment of Green’: Teaching Emily Dickinson in the Anthropocene--now more than ever for the class of 2025”, Barbara Mossberg, University of Oregon
  2. “Text & Context, Absence & Encounter: Reading & Writing In Vicinities Of”, Gillian Osborne, Poetry in America / Bard College
  3. “‘Had Nature an Apostate’: Emily Dickinson, Scale, and Fungal Companionship”, Karen Leona Anderson, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  4. “Emily Dickinson’s Sphere of Green”, Renée Bergland, Simmons University
  5. “Ecogothic Dickinson”: Li-hsin Hsu, National Chengchi University

B. Dickinson in Her and Our Time:

Chair: Elizabeth A. Petrino (Fairfield University), Renée Bergland (Simmons University), Li-hsin Hsu (National Chengchi University)

  1. “‘Much Madness is divinest Sense’: Exploring Kantian Transcendentality through the Dickinsonian Mind”, Mousumi G. Banerjee, The English and Foreign Languages University
  2. “‘This Smart Misery’: Emily Dickinson and Spiritual Intellectualism”, Amy L. Crawford, the University of Central Florida
  3. “Robbed Time: Emily Dickinson, Rhythm, and Rubato”: Gerard Holmes, University of Maryland (US)
  4. “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” as Twitter Ritual”, Micah Bateman, The University of Iowa
  5. “Dickinson’s Transnational Landscapes”, Christa Holm Vogelius, University of Copenhagen


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