Cornwall Library hosting series on Dickinson’s poems

Author and lecturer Mark Scarbrough will offer an eight-week Zoom series on “Emily Dickinson: The Brightness of Being.”

CORNWALL — Cornwall Library will host “Emily Dickinson: The Brightness of Being,” a free online series with author and lecturer Mark Scarbrough that starts April 6.

The eight-week series, on Zoom, runs Tuesdays from 10 to about 11:45 a.m., through May 25.

Scarbrough will guide participants through the poetry of Emily Dickinson. His seminar will explore her poems in sets, both as she left them at her death and in thematic units curated to help readers “understand the devious, delightful way she tried to get what it means to be human,” an announcement said.

There is no set weekly reading schedule. Those interested in the series are asked to purchase the R. W. Franklin edition of her poems, recently published by Belknap at Harvard.

Scarbrough is a cookbook and memoir author, an on-and-off pianist, a former French hornist, a former seminarian, a former academic, a former screenwriter, a book group leader, and a literary seminar lecturer, the announcement said.

The series is free, but donations are welcome. To register in advance, go to cornwalllibrary.org/events. Sessions will not be recorded.

Connecticut Media Group