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WWU Dickinson Scholar Allison Giffen to Speak at the Whatcom Museum

Bellingham, WA; January 16, 2012--As part of the contemporary art exhibition, Lesley Dill's Poetic Visions: From Shimmer to Sister Gertrude Morgan, Allison Giffen, associate professor of English at Western Washington University, will speak about the life and work of Emily Dickinson and discuss the poet's influence on contemporary visual artists at the Whatcom Museum on Sunday, January 29 at 2 PM.


Giffen's specialty is 19th-century popular women writers. She has published widely and delivered papers on such writers as Ann Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, Emma Lazarus, Lydia Sigourney, and Martha Finley. The presentation will be held in the Rotunda Room of the Museum's Old City Hall building.. Admission is a $3 suggested donation; free for Museum members.

Brooklyn-based artist Lesley Dill weaves poetry and visual art in large-scale, finely crafted installations. "This history gone wild; a show of visual might that makes one feel like a child entering Disneyland," writes Saylor Jones on Dill uses poetry as material to render transcendental experience into form. "I think that words are wings; words lift us," says Dill. Lesley Dill's Poetic Visions continues at the Whatcom Museum through March 4.

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