Don’t miss the finale of it all!



Emily Dickinson’s 181st birthday bash during December’s Second Saturday, Downtown. Musicians, actors, dancers and writers join Kore Press & the beautiful Tucson public to celebrate for the Big Read Tucson finale.


3 sequential events will take place downtown, from 5pm to 11:30, at the Big Read Pop-up Gallery; Etherton Gallery; and the one and only Hotel Congress.


1. Art Exhibit, opening reception: 5-7pm
Big Read Pop-Up Gallery @ 439 N 6th Ave #179
“Delight—becomes pictorial: A Visual Lexicon of Dickinson’s
First Lines”
29 artists respond to Dickinson’s first lines in an 8×10″ format (the size of Dickinson’s “fascicles” or hand sewn manuscripts) curated by Heather Green & Valerie Galloway for Kore Press


2. Birthday Cake by Cathleen Dooley & Vicki Brown playing her Dickinson inspired compositions, 7:30pm
Etherton Gallery, 135 S 6th Ave,
Limited edition cake forks engraved with Emily’s words by Janet Miller. Bday cake donations are welcome.


3. Multi-media Performance Party, 8:30-11:30pm
The Hotel Congress
Featured artists performing Dickinson inspired music & video:


Maggie Golston 8:30pm
Marianne Dissard (video)
New ARTiculations 8:50pm
Chris Black & Emilie Marchand 9pm
Theater shorts & TC Tolbert 9:20pm
Amy Rude 9:30pm
Reading of 21st c translations w/ Frankie Rollins, Kristen Nelson, Lisa O’Neil and Amanda Sapir 10pm
La Cerca 10:10-10:40 (on patio)
St Maybe 10:50-11:20 (on patio)


Plus DJ mixes from the Emily Sound archive; dance excerpts are from “If My Verse Is Alive. . . ” with New ARTiculations & short theater works are from Stories That Soar! based on community writing during Big Read Tucson.


$8 in advance gets you a limited edition cake fork hand engraved with an Emily first line of poetry, by Janet Miller, & admittance into the Club. Available to the first 30 buyers. Purchase here:



$10 suggested donation at the door for entrance into the Club’s performance party.


Big Read bling: live t-shirt screen printing; temporary ED tattoos, sound booth and photo opps. . . + surprises. Open to the public.




Past Events

Updated Oct. 26

Oct. 26, 2011 from 6 – 8 p.m.

UA Poetry Center

Workshop & Talk with Anne Waldman, $40

This World is not Conclusion. . .
Reading through Emily Dickinson’s poems, we will consider our own “ethopoetics” and what “nibbles at the soul.” We will engage in several “experiments of attention,” utilizing montage, dream, “story,” collaboration, and a form of modal structure. Waldman will discuss her own praxis and composition in relation to her books:Manatee/Humanity (Penguin Poets, 2009) and The Iovis Trilogy: Colors in the Mechanism of Concealment (Coffee House Press, 2011).

Some familiarity with Dickinson’s and Waldman’s work is helpful but not necessary.


click here to sign up for this workshop!



Oct. 30, 2011 at 3 p.m.

KXCI – 91.3 FM

My Sad Pony, An All Souls radio broadcast

Jane Miller & Lisa Bowden talk with Amanda Shauger about Dickinson, The Big Read, and Miller’s latest poems.



Nov. 5, 2011 from noon – 5 p.m.

Casa Libre en Solana, 228 N 4th Ave

What Would Emily Say? An Unbridled Translation Workshop

with Elizabeth Frankie Rollins & Kristen Nelson, $25
Spend the afternoon in conversation with the poems of Emily Dickinson using traditional and non-traditional translation methods and languages such as: homophonic translation, texting language, punctuation, Oulipo techniques, 21st c and other languages. Join us for a structured and unbridled workshop!  Bring paper, pen, cell phones, computers, foreign language dictionaries. Snacks included.


click here to sign up for this workshop!


Nov. 9, 2011 at 7 p.m.

UA Poetry Center

Dr. Susan Aiken Lecture

Writing Woman: Dickinson’s Lines of Resistance
A lecture by UA Professor Susan Aiken that explores Dickinson’s subversive play with gender in poems that question her culture’s dominant assumptions about both women and poetry. Dr Aiken will place Dickinson within her historical context and talk about her poetics of resistance: her nuanced, witty, and subversive critique of dominant conceptions of gender, women, and poetry.

Suggested $5 donation.



Nov. 12, 2011 at 7 p.m.

PCC Center for the Arts, Proscenium Theater

An Evening of Dickinson inspired performances with New ARTiculations,Katherine Ferrier of The Architects, and Vicki Brown

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door, $40 for VIP seating and reception

Evening length performance of Emily Dickinson inspired dances by New ARTiculations Dance Theater (a series of solos and an ensemble piece); with Katherine Ferrier (of The Architects) and new musical compositions by Vicki Brown.

Ticket Options

VIP Seating & Reception $40.00




Nov. 19, 2011 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Himmel Park library lawn

Dickinson Tribute Chess Tournament with 9 Queens

Three rounds of chess held outdoors to celebrate Dickinson’s sometimes puzzle-like poems and love of the garden. The tournament also features poetry readings between matches and Dickinson-inspired prizes. Lunch will be served.


Nov. 20, 2011 from 2 – 4 p.m.

Tucson High School Auditorium

Community & Youth showcase, $5

Performances by Stories That Soar! based on writing generated by the community and students, Slamming Emily poets, works in translation and more.


Dec. 10, 2011

Party for Emily

Second Saturday, Downtown

To celebrate Emily Dickinson’s birthday and close out our Big Read Tucson, we will host a public party to share the highlights from the 10-weeks. Check back for updated details about our final showcase event and the exciting conclusion to our Big Read programming.


September – December, 2011

Roving Tucson Events

The life and work of Emily Dickinson

During the 10-weeks of Big Read Tucson, Public libraries will host reading/discussions and writing workshops led by MFA students and community poets. Poems will appear on Sun Tran Buses and projected onto buildings at night. 21st c. Emily D portraits will be created by area artists and high school students. A Dickinson mural will be painted on a prominent public wall downtown. Tucson’s pastry chefs will present their signature version of a Dickinson recipe. Tucson readers will present Dickinson poems or letters, 3-mintes at a time, to the City Council every Tuesday. Check our website and find us on Facebook and Twitter for scheduling and programming updates, including where you can find the semi-weekly Pop-Up Emily event.