“With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.” — Edgar Allan Poe

Spring is the maddest season as it’s the official beginning of planning for Poe Fest International: date has been set for the International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards and “Death Weekend” is slated for October 8th & 9th, 2022. We begin to assemble our hale and light-hearted friends with the return of PAVERS FOR POE FEST Tour Ticket pre-sales! Poe Fest International is a FREE community festival, but additional tours and ticketed events abound. Support the Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum with an engraved paver in Poe Park, get first access to the official festival t-shirt and Bus Tours of Poe’s Baltimore! As ever, proceeds benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore.

Check out the new addition to this year’s festival poster as our program and festival events are inspired by the Virginia Poe Bicentennial, a most poetical year of events and exhibits to commemorate the 200th birthday of Edgar Allan Poe’s wife and muse.

But why wait to commemorate? Join us this month, April 19 at 7PM, at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground for POETESS. The Virginia Poe Bicentennial Discussion Series welcomes female-identifying poets from Baltimore & Richmond for a special National Poetry Month reading of Poe works and original poetry, plus presentations from the Poe Studies Association and The Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. Read more about this and other Poe House events in the Poe Baltimore House Newsletter.

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore

P.S. Deadline to enter the 2022 Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards is next month! Share the news with your favorite artists and writers who create Poe-inspired art: SaturdayVisiterAwards.org

 

 

 

 

We’re feeling LUCKY this month at Poe House: after two years, PINTS FOR POE returns! Join us at the Annabel Lee Tavern on St. Patrick’s Day for a special “Kiss Me, I WAS Irish” event. Hourly raffle begins at 6PM, and donations and portion of proceeds benefit The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum in Baltimore. Raise a glass to support Poe House programs!

It’s not luck that we begin our Virginia Poe Bicentennial Discussion Series during Women’s History Month. Join us March 15th for a live recording of MUSE: the Life and Afterlife of Edgar Allan Poe’s Beloved CHild Bride. Register to attend and participate in live Q&A with presenters from Poe House, The Poe Cottage at Fordham, and Morgan State University. We hope to be in person at Westminster Hall next month, so stay tuned!

Whether you join in person, participate online, or even pick up gifts in our online shop, you support Poe House programs like The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival, the Virginia Poe Bicentennial, and The Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards. Read our latest newsletter and welcome our 2022 slate of SVA judges, as well as guest-of-honor, bestselling author, Lynn Cullen.

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Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore

2020 – 2021 Poe Baltimore & The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum two-year retrospective.

To read a PDF copy of our retrospective, download it here:

2020 and 2021 Poe Baltimore Retrospective

See previous years below.

Poe Baltimore and Poe House 2019 Year-in-Review

2018 year in review

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!

Nevertheless, in this mansion of gloom I now proposed to myself a sojourn of some weeks.

Edgar A. Poe
We’ve also expanded to include Book Clubs!

Hello and dreary tidings to our Poe family, near and far. We hope all are sheltered safely. Despite this terrible pandemic, technology allows us to stay connected to one another. Poe Baltimore wishes to remain with you during these troubling times, and perhaps even to provide (as Poe did say) some alleviation of this malady by our presence. The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum has temporarily closed Poe’s chamber door to visitors in the flesh (and our Price Legacy Tour has been re-scheduled) but we are working to continue programming even during this difficult time. To wit:

Outlook may be bleak, but sad days are no stranger to those who love Poe. We are working now to keep Poe’s chamber door open to you, even if only online. Please be safe, our dearest Poe friends.

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore

These items and more in the Poe House gift shop! Your purchases help keep The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum open to visitors at home, abroad and online!
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We close the decade with news of a thrilling and prestigious honor celebrating Edgar Allan Poe’s legacy in Baltimore. Upon nomination from partner organizations Citizens for Maryland Libraries, Maryland Humanities, and Maryland Library Association, The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum has been accepted into the United for Libraries national registry of Literary Landmarks (TM). Poe House will be the very first Literary Landmark in the State of Maryland. A dedication ceremony will take place at Poe House, 203 N. Amity Street, in Baltimore, on Sunday, January 19th, 2020… coinciding, of course, with the celebration of Poe’s 211th birthday!

The news is a capstone for what has been another record year for Poe Baltimore: our chamber door closed behind the last visitors of 2019 and official tally of museum visitors and festival attendees came in just under 16,000 people. Download our End-of-Year Review to see highlights from this special year.

Our success depends entirely upon the kindness of Poe devotees, the City of Baltimore, our fellow organizations and Urban Rangers, generous Board Members, house and festival volunteers, sponsors, and patrons around the world. Celebrate with us and consider Poe House for part of your end-of-year giving. Poe Baltimore is a 501c3 non-profit organization, and with your support we fulfill our mission to keep Poe House open and to celebrate Poe’s legacy in Baltimore and beyond. 

Thank you, everyone, and we’ll see you at Poe House in 2020!

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A wonderful thing happened November 30: The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum welcomed our 13,000th visitor of the year! With one month in 2019 still to go, we look forward to setting a NEW record for visitors to 203 N. Amity Street in a single year. (Even more extraordinary, consider that this number does not even include the thousands who made their way to Poe Fest International this past October.)

Tremendous traffic calls for tremendous support to ensure that this highly popular West Baltimore landmark survives and thrives. Careful historic preservation is ongoing at Poe House. Annual programs preserve Poe’s legacy well beyond the humble 620 square feet where his literary career began. A new decade will bring new challenges but, with your help, we will sustain our “Poe-mentum” as visitor-ship continues to grow.

December marks the return of our Poe-nation Donation Holiday Drive. Please make Poe Baltimore part of your Holiday and end-of-year giving with a paver, purchase or recurring donation before December 31. Stop into the shop (at Poe House or online) to pick up perfect presents for your favorite Poe-head. And don’t miss the final Poe House Presents reading for 2019 with author (and long-serving Poe House volunteer) Mary Tighlman!

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore

Very special thanks to the generous donors, vendors and great friends who made our PINTS FOR POE a success this past Saturday. Couldn’t be there? Take a scroll through our gallery!  (Photos courtesy of the Baltimore Camera Club and Poe Baltimore.)

Were you there? Tag us in some of your pics! #PoeBaltimore #PintsforPoe

A 210th birthday is cause for serious celebration, which is why The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum has a slate of special happenings for January 19th.

The Edgar Allan Poe House will open at 11AM on January 19th, and the first 25 visitors will get a FREE 2019 calendar when they purchase admission (limit 1 per group.)

At 2PM, attendees will share in a special presentation of Poe’s most beloved works performed by actor, Stephen Mead. Mr. Mead will allow the audience to vote for their favorite piece and then perform either “The Raven” or “The Tell Tale Heart”. Donations to Poe House will determine the winning piece! This special performance is free as part of admission to Poe House, but seats are very limited (first come, first served) and attendees must arrive by 1:45 if you wish to vote! Proceeds to benefit Poe Baltimore and The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum.

Revels continue into the evening at PoeZella, a party featuring Poe-themed art, delicious food, and an intimate performance of Poe’s most beloved work, hosted at Zella’s Pizzeria, 1145 Hollins street ( a quarter-mile from Poe House.) 5:30 PM is our party start time. Admission to PoeZella is FREE!

Finally,  January 19th will herald opening of the call for entries for a new honor presented by Poe Baltimore, The Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards. The awards celebrate a NEW GENERATION of artists and writers inspired by Poe! Visit SaturdayVisiterAwards.org for more details. The awards will be presented at this year’s International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards in October!

We hope you’ll join us for Edgar’s special day. See you soon!

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore

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2018 has been an amazing, record year for Poe Baltimore. Not only will we once again welcome over 12,000 visitors to Poe’s house, but programming continues to be our focus in the coming year, including a new honor to celebrate Poe’s legacy in the arts, and the return of Poe Fest International. Our Poe-nation Donation Holiday Drive will help us fulfill Poe Baltimore’s mission to keep Poe House open to visitors and celebrate Poe’s legacy in Baltimore and beyond. We have a $5000 funding goal and we need you to help us keep Poe’s chamber door open and support planned Poe Programming in 2019! Even PAVERS have returned, along with more fun rewards for donations.

As though you needed another wonderful reason to support Poe Baltimore, we’re excited to share news of  The Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards, celebrating Poe’s enduring legacy for a new generation of artists and writers. Call for entries will open on Poe’s birthday in January. Holiday items and ornaments have also arrived at Poe House, and the date for our POEZELLA birthday bash for Poe has been set! Click here to learn about all our happenings, and don’t forget to make Poe Baltimore part of your Holiday and end-of-year giving.

Yours in Poe,
Enrica Jang
Director, Poe Baltimore