Giving Tuesday

As you undoubtedly are aware, we have a day for giving thanks, and then a couple of days for getting deals, and now we have Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving back. Today, people and institutions around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. During this festive, busy holiday season, we ask that you consider giving to the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS). Your gift of any amount will help us continue support the study and appreciation of Emily Dickinson’s poetry and poetry in general. We are especially interested in raising funds for student travel to our conferences and meetings (our 2016 International Conference and Critical Institute will be held in Paris). With your support, we can better serve all of our members and programs. To contribute, please visit https://edis.press.jhu.edu/membership/contribute

Here’s wishing each and all the happiest of holiday seasons, and we thank you for your continued support!

In Possibility,
Martha Nell Smith
President, EDIS

2016 Member-At-Large Election

At the 2015 meeting of the Emily Dickinson International Society (EDIS), the Board of Directors agreed to run an election to fill a vacant Member-at-Large seat on the Board. The position of Member-at-Large is for a three-year term, which would begin at the EDIS Conference in Paris in June 2016 and conclude in 2019. The Board normally meets once a year, usually in the summer, in conjunction with the Society's annual meeting or international conference. The Member-at-Large is expected to attend these meetings and to fund his or her own attendance.

2016 MLA Sessions

MLA 2016, Austin Texas

Programs arranged by the Emily Dickinson International Society and the Melville Society
Saturday, 9 January

Click here to see the program.

2015 Annual Meeting - Amherst, Massachusetts


  • Online registration form (recommended) now available here.
  • PDF Registration form available here.
  • Online schedule available here
  • For more full descriptions of the Program for "Emily Dickinson in her Elements” please download a PDF schedule here.
  • Lodging possibilities available here.

    ALL ARE WELCOME - PLEASE JOIN US!!!

    In collaboration with the Emily Dickinson Museum, The Emily Dickinson International Society 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Amherst Aug. 7-9. "Dickinson in Her Elements" offers a variety of programs inspired by the poet's engagements with air, earth, fire, and water. A Critical Institute in which participants are sharing essays in progress is already under way, and during the meeting we're offering workshops on some poems in which Dickinson turns her acute attentions to worldly elements. Besides some wonderfully informative and engaging talks by exciting scholars, Friday evening we'll be treated by The Red Skies Music Ensemble and Saturday afternoon by jazz pianist Tomoko Ozawa playing Martha Dickinson Bianchi's Steinway in the Evergreens. Also featured are hikes on the Emily Dickinson trail, visits to the Amherst College Wilder Observatory, a program on Dickinson's gardens, thinking about the weather in Dickinson, and more. Be prepared for a delightful variety of elemental matters--bird-watching, star-gazing, cloud musing, ruminating botanically, thinking about insects, earthquakes, and congregating with other Dickinson and poetry enthusiasts from all over the world (Japan, France, Qatar, England, just to name a few).

    WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN AMHERST. TO REGISTER, FOLLOW ONE OF THE LINKS AT THE TOP OF THIS POST.

2015 EDIS Undergraduate Research Award

Emily Dickinson Undergraduate Essay Prize

In 2015, the Emily Dickinson International Society is launching a prize for undergraduate research on Emily Dickinson. We seek critical essays by undergraduates from institutions of all kinds, focusing on Dickinson’s poems or letters. Students at all levels are eligible to submit. Papers should be 15 pages maximum. The winning essay will be published on the EDIS website and the author will receive an award of $250.
To submit an essay for the prize, send copies of articles as anonymous word attachments, plus a cover letter with contact information to the following address by May 25, 2015: epetrino@fairfield.edu. The essays will be distributed electronically to a panel of nationally recognized scholars for judging. All submissions will be acknowledged and receive a response within a month.

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