“Of puns it has been said that those who most dislike them are those who are least able to utter them.” — Edgar Allan Poe

The 2020 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards is streaming LIVE the weekend of October 3 & 4th, commemorating the 171st anniversary of Poe’s Death in Baltimore. Watch for FREE on Facebook & YouTube Live.

Streaming program for Saturday & Sunday has posted! A coffin-building workshop. A POE-vid mask tutorial. A Tell-Tale Heart Interactive mock trial. Art demos, theatrical performances, secret codes, even a special Sunday Brunch with Edgar Allan Poe’s mother (the woman is dead, but that shouldn’t spoil brunch.) See our list of events right here. More details added as we get closer to DEATH WEEKEND.

Add-on experiences also available, including the Poe in Film & Fashion Virtual Exhibit, NEW this year in addition to Virtual Tours of the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum, and the Death Weekend Poe Places Virtual Tour of Poe’s Baltimore.

Click here to read about all of our events–you don’t want to miss out on any(Poe)thing!

It’s the eve of The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, and our volunteers, Board and staff have a lot to do to get the festival grounds ready for this two-day event! Please pardon us as we close Poe House early Friday, October 4 at 12 NOON, to get ready for the attendees soon to converge on Poe House. Poe Fest Int’l begins Saturday, October 5, at 11AM!

PoeFestInternational.org for program details

For information about what to expect festival weekend, please visit PoeFestInternational.org. Admission is FREE. Also consider joining us for the Poe Funeral Re-enactment at the Carroll Mansion or the official festival party, The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall! Tickets are still available, but going fast!

August began with the (un)happy announcement of 18 nominees for the 2019 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards, a new honor recognizing the best artists and writers creating Poe-inspired works from around the world. Composers, video game designers, writers, filmmakers, painters and poets all made the list. Attendees at this year’s International Edgar Allan Poe Festival will get to meet the nominees, and the winners will be revealed at the Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall October 5th! Congratulations and good luck to all our nominees!

There’s still plenty to do and share this month: our Poe House Presents Maryland author series welcomes the President of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore, David F. Gaylin, for a special reading this coming Sunday, Aug 11.  And visitors may also join us Saturday, Aug 31, at “Will You Say That I Am Mad?”, presented at Poe’s Magic Theater in The Lord Baltimore Hotel. Read our latest newsletter for details; you don’t want to miss anything!

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore

July Newsletter

“TRUE! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am;
but why will you say that I am mad?”

The Tell-Tale Heart

Traditionally, July is one of the busiest (and hottest!) months at Poe House. We will be closed on Thursday for the July 4th holiday, but we will re-open for regular museum hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday this weekend. A good thing, too, because we are bursting like fireworks to share with you news about upcoming events! 

Tickets for this year’s International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards are on sale now! Admission to the festival is FREE, but VIP Death Weekend Bus Tours, Poe’s Funeral Re-enactment, as well as our official party, The Black Cat Ball at Westminster Hall, are special (and LIMITED) add-ons you won’t want to miss. We are also hosting a special festival program preview with Poe’s Magic Theater at The Lord Baltimore Hotel, “Will You Say That I Am Mad?” to explore a feminine twist on Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Click here to get all the details about what you can expect at Poe House, the festival and beyond!

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore

Pardon us as we close Poe House early today for a special event! The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival is this weekend, and tents and trucks are moving in at Poe House to get the festival grounds ready. We will be closed to visitors at 1PM, Friday October 5.

We hope you return tomorrow for the festival! We re-open Saturday, October 6, at 11AM!

Link to the Fall Newsletter from Poe Baltimore

Click to read our Fall Newsletter

This is the most I’ve enjoyed writing a Poe Baltimore newsletter as I am so excited to share news of what we have planned this Fall at Poe House. Official press announcements went out last week for our newest event, The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, happening the weekend of October 6 & 7th, commemorating the 169th anniversary of Poe’s Death. It’s an entirely a pro-POE beginning to the Halloween season!

The festival is FREE. But that’s not all: a special “Death Weekend” bus tour includes a haunting reenactment of Poe’s funeral and tour of Poe’s Baltimore. The Black Cat Ball will be our official festival party aboard “Raven”, a steamship yacht in Inner Harbor! Plus, starting in October, visitors can expect to see new exhibits at Poe House, including a new phone tour of many other important “Poe Places” around the city. Click here to find out more!

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang

Director, Poe Baltimore