There was a reward at the end of the arduous journey by freight elevator.
It was the world premiere of An Emily Dickinson Sense Surround which had a sublime audience of nearly 50 New Yorkers.
With LitCrawl NYC programs in hand, those game literature-seekers braved long white echoing corridors on the way to the 7th floor at 195 Chrystie Street, HQ for ArtStar Gallery arriving to:
A very different take on that literary super-star Emily Dickinson…
Figs and flowers to smell and touch,
Emily’s cake recipes – and poems that resembled recipes – to listen to,
Coconut cake – from Emily Dickinson’s family recipes – to taste,
While listening to the poet’s food-inspired and more guilt-trippy letters,
Downing of old fashioned apple cider as if pressed in Emily’s home kitchen (well, it was hard cider at Emily’s house),
And singing along with songs from her own playbook.
The crew providing the sensate materials to the lit-mad crowd: Marta McDowell, Cindy Dickinson, David Giovacchini, and Aífe Murray.
Thank you co-sponsor Emily Dickinson International Society; LitCrawl NYC volunteers including Suzanne Russo and Sinéad Cloughley; ArtStar.com’s Chrissy Crawford; Documentarians Tom Good and Nadja Good; and the kind support of Michael Radetsky and Lois Giovacchini.
Wow! LitCrawl NYC really popped tonight. Photo proof coming…
Next up NYC: Tenement Talk 9/18 this Tuesday when Emily D. shows up with her maid Margaret Maher. We think it will be Downton Abbey meets The Tenement Museum.