Mail Art: A Celebration of Emily Dickinson

Submit your mail art to NYSAI!

This spring and summer, NYSAI joins Staten Island OutLOUD to present a series of free community events celebrating the life and work of Emily Dickinson. A renegade poet and male artist, Dickinson wrote with found paper, distributing her poetry via mail — sometimes talking her versus into a basket of baked goods or other whimsical delivery modes. In the spirit, we invite Islanders to write responses to Emily‘s poetry in an innovative reflection of her work with found paper: junk mail. Here’s your chance to share your poetry and save the planet while recycling junk mail.

Here’s how it works:

Grab a piece of junk mail and an Emily Dickinson line or poem.

Write an Emily quote on it or cut words and pictures and glue them together. Get creative!

Bring it to one of our drop-off locations: Stapleton Library, St. George Library, Greenbelt Nature Center, or the Conference House; and email your name and mailing address to

We’ll send your creation to some lucky Staten Islander and you in turn will receive a piece of mail art yourself.

Submit Your Mail Art

For all inquiries, please contact

Life*vest*'s  poetry slam is held every 3rd Friday of the month at:


Richmond Hood Company

827 Castleton Avenue 

Staten Island, NY 10301



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