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The Legacy of Emily Dickinson:

THU, DEC 14 & FRI, DEC 15 @ 7 PM CT

LunART presents a two-day celebration of Emily Dickinson's birthday and enduring legacy on December 14-15 at Madison's Arts and Literature Laboratory. 


CONCERT & POETRY READING - Thursday, December 14 at 7 PM

Immerse yourself in the world of Emily Dickinson where her timeless poetry meets mesmerizing music. Experience an evocative musical soundscape with Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron CoplandThe Gorgeous Nothings by Ingrid Stozel, and Emily's Images by Vivian Fine. In addition, savor the essence of Emily's own words through poetry readings. Join us for a celebration that weaves together art and verse, honoring the enduring legacy of this iconic poet.

Performers: Sarah Brailey (voice), Iva Ugrcic (flute), Heather Huckleberry (oboe),Satoko Hayami (piano)

MC & story-teller: Jackie Chalghin 

PANEL DISCUSSION - Friday, December 15 at 7 PM

How has a woman who was an unpublished poet and a recluse become a central figure not only in American poetry but in American culture? She has been the subject of two major biopics, a miniseries, and countless books. Join us for a second day of celebrating Dickinson with this discussion about the life and work that has inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists. In this discussion, poets will delve into the profound impact of Dickinson's literary legacy, highlighting particular poems and biographical details to explore why her timeless poetry continues to resonate with readers and artists across generations.


Panelists: Marilyn Annucci, Jackie Chalghin, Chessy Normile, Alison Townsend

Moderator: Rita Mae Reese

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Arts + Literature Laboratory
(111 S. Livingston St, Madison)

Thursday, December 14
Doors at 6:30 PM / Concert at 7 PM

$30 General In-Person/Livestream
$15 Students/ALL Members

Friday, December 15
Doors at 6:30 PM / Panel at 7 PM

Free to public, please RSVP

Beyond her poetic persona, we will explore Dickinson as on a personal level; her life, her relationships, and her interests that formed the complex and fascinating individual that was to become one of the most celebrated literary figures of all time. An accomplished baker, Dickinson’s decadent desserts were notorious (and devoured) among her family and friends.


Commemorating the month of the poet’s birth, both events present the chance to win Dickinson’s famous “Black Cake,” her confectionery pride and joy, and Christmas time favorite. This rich recipe with Caribbean roots is abundant with dried fruits, spices, candied citron, and molasses.

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Illustration of Emily Dickinson courtesy of John Morse -

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