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

Virginia Poe Bicentennial Discussion Series

Price: $5.00$10.00

Edgar Allan Poe famously proclaimed the “death of a beautiful woman” the most poetical subject in the world. The prolonged suffering of his beautiful, dying wife, Virginia Poe, almost certainly inspired this belief. Virginia Poe remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the famed author’s history. Join us for a series of live readings, themed discussion, and Q&A about the famed muse, poetess, child bride and daughter of Baltimore.

May: MOTHER, The hidden her-stories of the women in the Poe family, including a Revolutionary War patriot, and how a mother’s love changed literary history.

June: MARRIAGE, The public scandals and private tragedies that shaped the marriage of Virginia & Edgar Allan Poe.

July: MOURNING, The strange after-lives of Edgar & Virginia Poe, plus rites and traditional feminine in 19th century America.

Check back for upcoming programming details TBA! All sessions are conducted via the free Zoom web-conferencing platform. Beginning in April, live recordings will also be hosted at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground.  Proceeds benefit the following organizations:

  • Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
  • Westminster Hall Preservation Trust
  • Maryland Women’s Heritage Center

LIMITED SESSIONS AVAILABLE. At this time transcription and/or sign-language services are not available. Presentations are conducted in English.

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Edgar Allan Poe famously proclaimed the “death of a beautiful woman” the most poetical subject in the world. The prolonged suffering of his beautiful, dying wife, Virginia Poe, almost certainly inspired this belief. Virginia Poe remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the famed author’s history. Join us for a series of live readings, themed discussion, and Q&A about the famed muse, poetess, child bride and daughter of Baltimore.

Each session will include history, presentations, reading and discussion around a selected theme. The live session has limited seats to encourage interactive Q&A with the presenters. Please note: All sessions are conducted via the free Zoom web-conferencing platform. Beginning in April, live recordings will also be hosted at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground.

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Edgar Allan Poe famously claimed the death of a beautiful woman was the most poetical subject in the world. The prolonged suffering of his beautiful, dying wife, Virginia Poe, almost certainly inspired this belief. Virginia Poe remains one of the most enigmatic and controversial figures in the famed author's history. Join us for a series of live readings, themed discussion, and Q&A about the famed muse, poetess, child bride and daughter of Baltimore.

Each session will include history, presentations, reading and discussion around a selected theme. The live session has limited seats to encourage interactive Q&A with the presenters.

Venue: Zoom, Westminster Hall & Burying Ground

Directions: (beginning in April): The in-person ticket grants you access to attend the live recording at Westminster Hall & Burying Ground, 519 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore MD. Enter at Fayette street. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Metered street parking and garage parking within one block of Westminster Hall. Please note: Westminster Hall follows all COVID-19 public health measures as set out by the City of Baltimore and the Centers for Disease control. Questions about the venue, please call (410) 706-2072, or visit WestminsterHall.org Virtual Attendees: the Witing Room on the Zoom Conferencing Platform will open one hour before the event begins online.

Phone: (410) 706-2072

Email: poebaltimore@gmail.com