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National Poetry Month Finale: Emily Dickinson Reading Marathon


Close out National Poetry Month by joining other participants in this open reading of all of Emily Dickinson's poems, from #1 to #1789.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM


Free and All are Welcome


O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, O'Shaughnessy Room,

Room 108


Wonder—is not precisely knowing
And not precisely knowing not—
A beautiful but bleak condition
He has not lived who has not felt—
       --excerpted from Poem #1347 

To close out National Poetry Month, the English Department will host a marathon reading of Emily Dickinson's poems. The goal will be to read aloud all of Dickinson’s poems — from #1 to #1,789 — between 8 a.m. and about 9-10 p.m. Readers may come and go as they please, staying for a half-hour or making a day of it. Participants will sit in a circle and take turns reading; listeners are welcome too.

Readers don't need to bring anything, as several copies of the complete collection of Dickinson's poems will be available to pick up and leave throughout the day.

Over 200 readers--students, faculty, staff, administrators, members of the public--are expected to take a turn with a poem, and you can join them. Even if you’re pretty busy, remember: Dickinson’s poems are very short, so reading one could take less than a minute!

This event is sponsored by the Department of English, the O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, Common Good Books and the Luann Dummer Center for Women. Questions about this marathon reading can be addressed to Dr. Erika Scheurer at


The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (MSIFF) is holding two screenings of Terence Davies' highly anticipated Emily Dickinson film, A Quiet Passion. The first screening is on Sunday, April 16 at 7:05 PM at St. Anthony Main Theatre. The other screening is on the same day as our Emily Dickinson Reading Marathon, Wednesday the 26th at 4:30 PM, also at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. Attendees at these two screenings can get $1 off the full price ticket if they mention the Emily Dickinson Reading Marathon at St. Thomas.