Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute: The Gorgeous Nothings

Jen Bervin & Martha Nell Smith

Monday, December 10, 2018, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre


This reading and conversation engages with Dickinson scholar Martha Nell Smith, executive editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives and artist/poet Jen Bervin, creator of The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems—the first full-color facsimile edition of Dickinson’s manuscripts, which reproduces her experimental late work composed on scraps of envelopes.
Co-editor of The Gorgeous Nothings, Jen Bervin is a poet and visual artist. Her other books include Draft Notation and The Dickinson Composites. She has received fellowships and residencies in art and writing from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Center for Book Arts.

Dickinson scholar Martha Nell Smith is Founding Director of the Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland and Executive Editor of the Dickinson Electronic Archives projects at the University of Virginia. Her publications include Emily Dickinson, A User’s Guide and Rowing in Eden: Rereading Emily Dickinson
A reception and book signing follow the reading, where a black cake prepared by Suga Chef according to Dickinson's own recipe will be served. 
Co-sponsored with the Poetry Society of America.


This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.