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Release Date: April 9, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- National Poetry Month will be celebrated on April 13 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with Buffalo’s second marathon reading of all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems.
The public are invited to come and read a poem or just relax and listen.
The event is free.
WHO: The event will begin with celebrity readers among them UB President Satish Tripathi, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, Tony Award-winning actor Stephen McKinley Henderson of the UB Department of Theatre and Dance and Reverend Thomas Yorty, Westminster Presbyterian Church.
WHAT: Buffalo’s second marathon reading of Emily Dickinson’s poems
WHEN: Saturday, April 13, all day and into the night, 14 hours of readings
WHERE: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, N.Y.
WHY: “Dickinson helps to remind us as a community of the many profound things that matter in our lives,” Cristanne C. Miller, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair of the UB English department says, “through both the art and music of the poems’ language, and through the themes that recur, including joy, pain, death, grief, the variety and vitality of nature, and the particular wonders of each season.”
For someone like George DeTitta, professor of structural biology at UB who is helping Miller organize this marathon reading, reading Dickinson is an earnest and sober pursuit that reflects the themes Miller describes.
HOW: The poems will be read in the order in which they are published in “The Poems of Emily Dickinson,” edited by Ralph W. Franklin. Talking Leaves bookstore will be lending copies of the book to readers.
The reading is presented by the University at Buffalo Department of English, Just Buffalo Literary Center and community volunteers. It is coordinated by Miller, a noted Dickinson scholar.
ON SITE CONTACT: Cristanne Miller, 716-880-5017 (cell).
“UB gears up for 14-hour-long marathon reading of Emily Dickinson’s poems during National Poetry Month”
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