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Doughnuts and Death: A Baker's Dozen of Emily Dickinson's Most Depressing Poems FILLING

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Emily Dickinson spent her life in Amherst, but there was a fleeting moment when, it is believed, she came close to marrying Judge Otis Lord of Salem late in life. Dickinson's father's best friend, Lord died before any romantic ties could be consummated. In Doughnuts and Death: A Baker's Dozen of Emily Dickinson's Most Depressing Poems, Michael Medeiros will take this Amherst Poetry Festival staple (staged usually in West Cemetery, where Dickinson is buried) to Salem, where Judge Otis Lord is buried just down the road from the Mass Poetry Festival in Harmony Grove Cemetery. In these thirteen poems and historical accompaniments, we will tell the story of Dickinson's and Lord's affair, and share some exceptionally depressing poetry in a way that (hopefully) lightens the spirits, all while the crowd eats gingerbread doughnuts based on Dickinson's own recipe.

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Michael Medeiros

Public Relations Coordinator, The Emily Dickinson Museum
Michael Medeiros is the public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. He is a member of Northampton poetry, and recently edited A Mighty Room, a compilation of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom.

Saturday May 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am EDT
Hawthorne Hotel Library Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Square W, Salem, MA 01970