Special Panel Discussion about Emily Dickinson
and the issues raised in
“Wild Nights With Emily”
immediately after the 7:30 pm showing on Monday June 17th

Hosted by Leelanau Pride and Up North Pride

Based on the private letters of Emily Dickinson, “Wild Nights with Emily” presents newer findings and topics that “could change the narrative of the world’s most famous woman poet” (IndieWire).


Distinguished Discussion Panel Members:

Moderator: Marshall Thornton writes two popular mystery series, the Boystown Mysteries and The Pinx Video Mysteries. For which he has won three Lambda Awards. His romantic comedy, Femme was also a 2016 Lambda finalist for Best Gay Romance. Other books include My Favorite Uncle, The Ghost Slept Over, and Masc, the sequel to Femme. He has an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA.

E. L. McCallum is Professor of English and Film Studies at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses in queer and feminist theory, LGBTQ studies, film studies, and contemporary literature. She has written two books, Object Lessons: How to Do Things with Fetishism and Unmaking The Making of Americans: Toward an Aesthetic Ontology, and co-edited three collections The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature (2014), and Queer Times, Queer Becomings (2011), both with Mikko Tuhkanen, and her most recent book is After Queer Studies: Literature, Theory, and Sexuality in the 21st Century(Cambridge 2019), co-edited with Tyler Bradway.

Ruelaine Stokes is a well-known poet, spoken word performer, and teacher based in the Lansing area. She has produced poetry & arts events for many years and currently serves as the president of the Lansing Poetry Club. She taught English as a Second Language at Michigan State University and has two degrees in English literature and one in Teaching ESOL. Her poetry can be found in Four Against the Wall, a collection of poetry and interviews published in 2005.  For more information, see http://www.ruelainestokes.com

Wild Nights With Emily

Opens: Friday, June 14    CONFIRMED

Closes: Thursday, June 20

Run Time: 1hr 24m

Rated: PG-13

Comedy, History

Beloved comic Molly Shannon leads in this humorous yet bold reappraisal of Dickinson, informed by her private letters. While seeking publication of some of the 1,775 poems written during her lifetime, Emily (Shannon) finds herself facing a troupe of male literary gatekeepers too confused by her genius to take her work seriously. Instead, her work attracts the attention of an ambitious woman editor, who also sees Emily as a convenient cover for her own role in buttoned-up Amherst’s most bizarre love triangle.

Director: Madeleine Olnek

Writer: Madeleine Olnek