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Author introduces students to poet Emily Dickinson

Posted March 12, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
Last modified March 13, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
E.H. Gerard
E.H. Gerard
E.H. Gerard

PENOBSCOT, Maine — Penobscot author, E.H Gerard announces the release of her first book for middle grade readers, “Dear Emily,” published by Maine Authors Publishing.

In “Dear Emily,” fourth-grader Billy sneaks letters from his classmates to Emily Dickinson, a famous 19th century poet, into a secret time machine. The “Silver Cloud with the emerald eye” floats into Dickinson’s home filled with letters and chocolate chip cookies from the students. Happy to communicate, Dickinson writes back to each child, answering questions on poetry, life in the 19th century, and even sends her famous black cake.

Gerard discovered Dickinson’s work while studying for her B.A. at Goddard College. Gerard admired Dickinson’s poetry for its originality, her independent nature and the “voice” in her letters. In order to bring Dickinson to students in middle school, Gerard interacted with fourth through sixth grade teachers and students. Teachers have expressed great enthusiasm for Dear Emily and the way it is written in the form of letters between the students and Dickinson.

Gerard has been an editor for a hospital newsletter and freelance journalist for newspapers in Maine and Massachusetts. When not writing, she works as a certified legal nurse consultant at a Bangor law firm.

For more information or to schedule a class visit with E.H. Gerard, email dearemily.ehgerard@gmail.com. Books are now available from www.ehgerard.com, Maine Authors Publishing, and Amazon.

Contact: E.H. Gerard

Phone: (207) 326-0992

Email: dearemily.ehgerard@gmail.com

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