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Recent, Current and Upcoming Projects Inspired by Dickinson
The titles listed are not recommendations of the committee, or EDIS, but merely a list of what’s out there for members to explore.


Miss Emily by Burleigh Muten
Candlewick Press (2014)
Children’s book

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
Doubleday (2013)

Emily Dickinson
The Gorgeous Nothings
Marta Werner & Jan Bevin
Preface by Susan Howe
Christine Burgin/ New Directions in association with Granary Books

The Voice at the Door by James Sulzer
Fuze Publishing (2013)

Emily Dickinson: Goddess of the Volcano by Despina Lala Crist
Translated by Robet L. Crist
Illustrated by Ave George Ioanides
CreateSpace (2013)
Biographical novel

Ten White Geese by Gerbrand Bakker
Heroine is a Dickinson scholar
Penguin Books (2013)
Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things by Kathryn Burak
Roaring Brook Press (2012)

The Emily Sonnets by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Gary Kelley
Creative Editions (2012)
Children’s book

Emily and Carlo by Marty Rhodes Figley
Illustrated by Catherine Stock
Charlesbridge (2012)
Children’s book

Echoes of Emily by Rodney Ruedele
CreateSpace (2012)

Emily Dickinson is Dead: A Homer Kelly Mystery by Jane Langdon
Mysterious Road (2012)
St. Martin’s Press (1984)

Haiku Emily by Everett Decker
Small Batch Books (2011)
Poetry/ Haiku influenced by Dickinson poems

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn
Norton & Co. (2010)

A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson by Barbara Dana
HarperCollins (2009)

My Uncle Emily by Jane Yolen
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Philomel Books (2009)
Children’s book

Wild Nights! by Joyce Carol Oates
Harper Perennial (2008)
A collection of short stories about the last days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway

Emily by Michael Bedard; illustrated by Barbara Cooney
Doubleday (2007)
Children’s book

200 Poems of Emily Dickinson illustrated by Kiki Smith
Arion Press (2007)

Afternoons With Emily by Rose MacMurray
Little, Brown and Company (2007)

Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson
Edited by Shiela Coghill & Thom Tammaro
Forward by Robert Bly
University of Iowa Press (2000)


The Belle of Amherst by William Luce
Joely Richardson as Emily
Westside Theatre, NYC
(October, 2014)

The Belle of Amherst by William Luce
Barbara Dana as Emily
Amherst College
(March, 2010)
Production performed in Canada and the US

Henry and Emily: The Muses of Massachusetts by Jim Stapleton
Performed by Diana Bigelow & Jim Stapleton
Amherst College
(August 2014)

My Business is to Sing!
Written by Barbara Dana
Concert performance/theatre piece
Song settings by Aaron Copeland, Ernst Bacon, Michael Conley, Drew Hemenger, Vincent Persichetti, William Roy, Shirley Hoffman Warren and Martin Hennessy
Mezzo-soprano Kathleen Shimeta
Musical Director Martin Hennessy

Emily Dickinson portrayed by MiMi Zanino
Creative Women, Breaking the Mold
Garrett College, MD/ BIG TENT
Maryland Humanities Council
Chautauqua Fest

Remembranzas de Emily Dickinson
Written and directed by Zalda Castellanos
The Center at Miami Dade College
Premiere April 12, 2012
Spanish text

Feathers Sometimes Soar on the Breath of God
Written by Ward Riley
Directed by Laura Credidio
Axial Theatre (2011)

Industrious Angels written and performed by Laurie McCants
Directed by Sabrina Hamilton
Ko Festival (2011)
Holden Theatre, Amherst College

Created and performed by Greg Maupin, Heather Burns, Tony Digman, Abigail Maupin
Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble
Louisville, KY

Emily Dickinson and I:
The Journey of a Portrayal
Written by Edie Campbell and Jack Lynch
Performed by Edie Campbell
Directed by Jack Lynch

Wild Nights with Emily by Madeleine Olnek
Caffeine Theatre (2010)

Tell it Slant by Sharmon Hilfinger
Directed by Rachel Anderson
Original songs by Joan McMillen
The Pear Avenue Theatre (2009)

Emily: An Amethyst Remembrance by Chris Cragin
Emily performed by Elisabeth A. Davis
Directed by Steve Day
Firebone Theatre (2009)

Lightning at Our Feet by Ridge Theater
Music by Michael Gordon
Directed by Bob McGrath
Commissioned by Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts/
University of Houston; BAM
Next Wave Festival (2008)

Every Broom and Bridget by Tom Daley
Performed by Tom Daley
Play about Emily Dickinson and her servants, narrated by her chief pallbearer, Tom Kelley


Pensive Spring: A Portrait of Emily Dickinson
Multimedia piece
Created and performed by Kathryn Roszack
Music by Gordon Getty
Performed at Berkley City Club
Berkeley, CA

Emily, A Woman in White
Canadian Pacific Ballet
McPherson Playhouse
Victoria, BC
April 16 & 17, 2011

Emily of Amherst created & written by Catherine Fair & Jane Wald
American Ballet & Emily Dickinson Museum Producer/director Catherine Fair
Choreography by Catherine Fair, Sam Kenney, Sueann Townsend
Original score by Ted Trobaugh

Violet In My Winter
BosmaDance A dance-theatre production
Choreography by Meisha Bosma


This Bequest of Wings
Michael Conley, Composer
Song cycle, 9 settings
Premiere May, 19, 2012 Judson Memorial Church, NYC
First performance of orchestral version July 10, 2012
Washington Square Music Festival
Performance January 2015, Hudson Chorale

Emily and I
Sofie Livebrandt
12 songs of Dickinson poems performed by the composer

Will Robinson
Composer of ED settings

Martin Hennessy
Let Down the Bars, O Death!
Fame Is a Fickle Food
My River Runs to Thee -
Song settings (2008-2012)

The White Election
Gordon Getty, Composer
Song cycle
Lincoln Center, New York City April 19, 2012
CD/32 song settings (PentaTone Classics, 2009)

Emily Dickinson in Poetry and Song
Song settings performed by Jacquelne Horner-Kwiatek (Anonymous4)
Poems read by Amelia Campbell and Barbara Dana
Premiere Dec. 19, 2011
Cornelia Street Café, NYC

Emily and New England
A Concert
Krista River, mezzo
Virginia Eskin, piano
Settings by Aaron Copeland & Gordon Getty
July 31, 2011
Peterborough Town House
Peterborough, NH

Theo Bleckmann
I Dwell in Possibility
CD; Winter&Winter

Steven Gilliland
I Reason Life is Short
Self-produced CD

Michael Conley
Wild Nights!
Song setting (2009)

Drew Hemenger
I Cautious Scanned My Little Life
Song setting (2008)

Efrat Ben Zur
9 settings of Dickinson poems
Israeli indie rock

Exhilaration: Dickinson and Yeats Songs
CD/Gregg Kallor Music (2008)
Composed by Gregg Kallor
Gregg Kallor, piano
Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano

Divide Light
Conceived by Leslie Dill
Music by Richard Marriott
Opera (2008)
DVD, CD available from Sofa Records

Boots of Lead
Part Five of The Ribbon of Time
Composer Simon Holt
Conductor Simon Rattle
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
CBSO Centre, Birmingham, UK (2002)

Ribbon of Time
Simon Holt, Composer
Five part sequence reflecting on Dickinson verse
Sunrise’ Yellow Noise
Two Movements for String quartet
Startled Grass
Boots of Lead


Angles of a Landscape: My Business is to Sing
DVD/Emily Dickinson Museum (2012)
Written by Susan Snively
Produced and edited by Ernest Urvator

Angles of a Landscape: Seeing New Englandly
DVD/Emily Dickinson Museum (2010)
Written and narrated by Susan Snively
Produced and edited by Ernest Urvater
Associate producer Susan Snively
Assistant producer Terry Allen

Emily Dickinson’s Opposing Lands: Miniature Worlds and Sovereign Territory
Short film by Suzie Hanna and Sally Bayley
Premiered at EDIS conference at Oxford (2010)

Angles of a Landscape: Emily Dickinson
The Poet in Her Bedroom
DVD/Emily Dickinson Museum (2008)
Written by Terry Allen
Produced and edited by Ernest Urvater
Associate producer Terry Allen

Loaded Gun: Life, Death and Dickinson
Directed by Jim Wolpaw
Produced by Independent television Service, WGBH
Featuring Julie Harris, Billy Collins
Broadcast on Independent Lens 2003

Music Videos/YouTube
The Feet of People Walking Home
There’s Been a Death
These are the Days When Birds Come Back
Hope is the Thing With Feathers Trailer Bride (band)


Dickinson/Walzer: Pencil Sketches
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street. New York, NY
(November 2013 – January 12, 2014)

Mary Jarvis
Jewelry inspired by Dickinson poems
Featured in Spring Bulletin (2014)

Janet Malcolm
The Emily Dickinson Series
Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York City

Kiki Smith
200 poems of Emily Dickinson Arion Press

The Little White House Project: “Dwell in Possibility”
Created by Deerfield Academy Student Peter Krasznekewicz
A green, public-art installation of 40 white houses, with quotes from Dickinson’s poetry, across the grounds of the Homestead, the Evergreens, and other Main Street properties

Victoria Dickson
Emily Dickinson’s Brighter Garden: Bloom - is Result
Hope and Feathers Gallery
Amherst, MA 7/5-8/27 2011

Jen Bervin
Visual artist/quilts
The Dickinson Fascicles
Granary Books (2010)

Roni Horn
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Albert Mancini
Emily Dickinson Suite
28 Oil paintings
Imperial Fine Art
Sarasotra, FL (2010)

Isabelle Arsenault
Book illustrations for My Letter to the World
KCP Poetry
An imprint of Kids Can Press (2008)

Will Barnett
Book illustrations for The World in a Frame
Pomegranate (2006)
(First published by George Braziller, Inc.1989)

Teresa Blatt
Shadow collage artist
10225 Montgomery Ave
North Hills, CA 91343

Susan Hess

Suzanne Benton
Monoprints of Emily Dickinson

Lesley Dill
Sculptor, photographer, performance artist


Where Did Carlo Sleep? by Barbara Dana
Children’s book

Emily Dickinson in Song: A Discography by Georgiana Strickland

Called Back by Noel Tipton
A play with music
Inspired by
Austin & Mabel by Polly Longsworth
Emily Dickinson and the Art of Belief by Roger Lundin