Poet Paul Legault has translated all 1,789 of Emily Dickinson’s poems into modern English one-liners. The funny yet profound results make up The Emily Dickinson Reader, published last year by McSweeney’s Books.
Come hear Legault read from his book along with Emily Dickinson herself (performed in costume by local actor Mendy St. Ours). Poet and storyteller Browning Porter will host.
Immediately after the reading, Legault himself will deejay a dance party for all attendees.
In 2007, Trethewey won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her book Native Guard. Her two previous books are Domestic Work, selected by Rita Dove as the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, and Bellocq’s Ophelia.
You can watch an interview with Threthewey on PBS here and learn about her creative process in this article from The Atlantic.