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Sunday, May 6 • 10:15am - 11:15am
"all the Witchcraft that we need Around us, every Day—": Emily Dickinson and the botanical world FULL

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"The absence of the Witch does not Invalidate the spell - "

As students of her poetry, green thumb, and times, we’ll explore Emily Dickinson’s familiarity with the plant world and the concept of witchcraft in tandem with 17th and 19th century New England history. We’ll trace the lineage and uses of several plants and herbs that Dickinson was familiar with - in literature, witchcraft, and medicine - revealing and teasing out the magic of this enigmatic individual and her poetic and botanical legacy amidst the backdrop of America's most notorious witch trials.

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Michael Medeiros

Public Relations Coordinator, The Emily Dickinson Museum
Michael Medeiros is the public relations coordinator at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA. He is a member of Northampton poetry, and recently edited A Mighty Room, a compilation of poetry by contemporary poets written in Emily Dickinson's bedroom.

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Lucy Abbott

Intuitive Reader, Heart of Mirrors Tarot
Lucy Abbott is a writer, intuitive Tarot reader, and budding plant-witch living in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Lucy was a guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum from 2012-2016, and plans to continue her independent research in all things Emily for as long as the poet's... Read More →

Sunday May 6, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am EDT
Salem Witch Trials Memorial