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, Building #4 on campus map)

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, and the Luann Dummer Center for Women. Questions about this marathon reading can be addressed to Dr. Erika Scheurer at

Parking (available for $1.50/hour before 4pm)

Anderson Parking Facility--located at the corner of Cretin Ave. and Grand Ave.

Morrison Parking Ramp--located beneath Morrison Residence Hall, visitors parking in the Morrison ramp should enter campus at the intersection of Selby Ave. and Finn St. Follow the drive aisle south , under the skyway, toward the stadium. Take a hard right at the end of the drive aisle. The visitor ramp entrance is the eastern entrance beneath the residence hall.

Additional parking is available for $1/hour after 4pm at the following two locations:

McNeely Parking Ramp--visitor parking is available at the McNeely Ramp only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The McNeely Ramp entrance is located within parking lot K, underneath McNeely Hall.

Anderson Student Center Parking Garage--visitor parking is available at the Anderson Student Center Parking Garage only after 4:00 pm and on weekends. The Anderson Student Center Parking Garage entrance can be accessed from the Anderson Student Center turnaround off of Cretin Avenue.