Wherever you are, Poe Nation, you too are more than likely experiencing some kind of maddening weather. Warmer temperatures in Baltimore = a rising pollen count + an uptick in visitors darkening Poe’s chamber door at Amity Street. The season has officially begun!
March 30, Join us online with 92Y New York’s Roundtable.org for a virtual course about the hidden histories of women in the Poe family.
Not fast enough for you? Snapping at the heels of March, you can expect several April 1 announcements, including the return of Edgar Allan Poe’s Death in Baltimore Bus Tours and Pavers for Poe Fest International Pre-Sales! Follow us on socials or watch PoeBaltimore.org for upcoming details.
Edgar Allan Poe is without doubt one of the most beloved writers in the world, but there are only a few people who can rightly claim they love Poe the most: our volunteers! Over the last decade as stewards of The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore it has been our honor to work with individuals who gift their time to help us preserve Poe’s legacy. Without pay (and sometimes only half a second to grab a quick bite to eat before our next tour or program) volunteers have worked countless hours to keep Poe’s chamber door open to visitors and ensure our mission’s success. This month’s page from the Poe House Yearbook is a valentine for their work, and invitation to our Poe Nation to join us in the coming year. Volunteer at Poe House and Poe Fest International in 2023!
Of course, love is on all our minds. Still in need of a gift for your Poe lover? We recently announced the return of Edgar Allan Poe’s Death in Baltimore Bus Tours. Poe Baltimore is also partnering with New York’s 92Y Roundtable.org for a series of virtual courses. And of course, Poe House offers tours weekly and tickets can be purchased on our website now. Printouts have saved more than one V-day at my house, just sayin’… (un)Happy Valentine’s Day to all!
New beginnings are always “dreamy.” And 2023 is truly a dream come true for our Board and Staff as Poe Baltimore celebrates its tenth year as stewards of The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. Beginning this month we will share pages from our Poe House Yearbook, highlighting some of our best memories of the past decade even as we look ahead to exciting events and programs in the New Year.
Besides, January is always thrilling in Poe-land: (un)Happy Birthday to Edgar Allan Poe! Festivities will kick-off in Baltimore on January 19th for our Poe Birthday Celebration & Poe Toaster Murder Mystery at Westminster Hall. Stay for the Poe Mystery Weekend at The Lord Baltimore Hotel, or travel with me to other “Poe Places” in New York and Richmond as we celebrate Poe’s 214th: our Poe Death Exhibit will be part of the weekend celebrations in both cities and we’ll even be streaming live from The Poe Cottage on Saturday to share a toast to Poe! We look forward to seeing you at these Poe events–and of course, Poe House!–very soon. Read our newsletter to learn more!
Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang Director, Poe Baltimore
P.S. Call for entries for the 2023 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards opens at midnight, January 19!
2022 Poe Baltimore & The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum Year-In-Review
We can all go back to cold and melancholy when it’s over, but for now we wish our Poe-nation friends and family a warm, happy holiday. May it be filled with love and poetry.
CLICK HERE to read about upcoming events at Poe House, holiday schedules, and the Official 2022-23 Young Saturday Visiter Nominees.
2022 continues to be an historic year for programs at Poe House: on the heels of our most successful International Edgar Allan Poe Festival to date, we will wrap up the Virginia Poe Bicentennial year with two more sessions from the discussion series, to stream on our Facebook & YouTube pages.
If you have enjoyed this year’s poetical offerings from Poe Baltimore, please consider the following options to support The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore–some of them cost nothing!
List Poe Baltimore (501c3) as your non-profit of choice for Giving Tuesday, Holiday, and End-of-year giving.One-time and monthly donations will help us keep Poe’s chamber door open to visitors. (Yes! We ARE on Facebook!)
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel. Our goal before December 31 is 1000 subscribers!
Use Amazon Smile to shop for the holidays and make Poe Baltimore your org of choice: Amazon sets aside a portion of your shopping total as a donation to Poe House with no charge to you!
The 2022 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards is less than a month away! This FREE community event is two days of Poe-themed programs, including performances, books, music and art. The stage program and vendor list has posted! Special tours and exhibits at The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum and Westminster Hall & Burying Ground will also continue even beyond festival weekend.
There’s a lot to remember. Know Before You Poe! Read the latest newsletter to check out our list of 10 Things everyone should know about Poe Fest International, then watch our Facebook & YouTube channel every Thursday this month for more information about Poe Festival events!
Yours in Poe, Enrica Jang Director, Poe Baltimore
Virginia Poe Bicentennial
It’s time to celebrate! Virginia Eliza Clemm Poe, wife and muse of Edgar Allan Poe, turns 200 on Monday. We will commemorate the occasion with a special Gothic Tea Party and Summer Reception at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground on Saturday, August 13, at 2PM. (Note: Tickets have sold out! Join the waitlist on the Eventbrite page.) Can’t join us? We will stream highlights from the Reception and a special Happy Birthday to Virginia Poe on Monday, 7PM Eastern, on our Facebook & YouTube pages.
Our most poetical year of programming won’t end with Virginia’s birthday, however: several of this year’s International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards events, including the VIP Death Weekend Bus Tours and the NEW Edgar & Virginia Poe Death Exhibit exploring the hidden-history of this enigmatic figure in Poe’s life.
More celebration is in order: Official Nominees for the 2022 Saturday Visiter Awards have been announced! Read our newsletter to see this year’s selection of Poe-inspired works. More about these extraordinary creators coming soon.
Yours in Poe, Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore
The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards returns for a fifth year in Baltimore, October 8 & 9th, 2022. This is a FREE community event, but VIP Death Weekend Bus Tours and tickets for The Black Cat Ball are ON SALE now. This year’s party is Gothic Wedding themed; VIP ticket-holders pledge to love and honor a partner, friend, or even yourself for your eternal afterlives in a special ceremony in the Westminster Hall Catacombs.
Tickets are also available for the Edgar & Virginia Poe Death Exhibit. Death tableau and memento mori (some items made from human hair!) will be part of this haunting exhibit at Westminster Hall. Don’t want to wait? Enjoy a special preview of the exhibit at our final session in the Virginia Poe Bicentennial Discussion Series on July 19 as we present MOURNING, The Strange Afterlives of Edgar and Virginia Poe. You may also join us for a Gothic Tea Party & Summer Reception at Westminster Hall as we celebrate Virginia Poe’s 200th birthday, August 13.