- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 10, 2006

Many believe that acclaimed poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was something of a recluse. But that won’t stop a crowd from gathering tonight at the Folger Shakespeare Library to celebrate her birthday, honor her spirit and recognize her continuing influence on American poetry. At 7:30 p.m., the library (at 201 East Capitol St. SE) will host its annual Emily Dickinson Birthday Tribute Reading. Local poetess Carolyn Forche will discuss Dickinson’s legacy and recite poems by both the famed poet and herself. A professor, poetry translator, human rights activist and well-decorated writer, Miss Forche has published five volumes of poetry, including “Blue Hour,” “Gathering the Tribes” and the anthology “Against Forgetting: Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness.” A reception — where “black cake” made from Miss Dickinson’s own recipe will be served — follows the reading. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through www.folger.edu or by calling 202/544-7077.

— Jenny Mayo

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