Dickinson's Birds

A listening machine

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Colophon: who we are 


Marta Werner is a textual scholar, editor, and author of Emily Dickinson’s Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing; Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Dickinson’s Late Fragments; Ordinary Mysteries: Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne’s Common Journal (with Nick Lawrence); The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Writings (with Jen Bervin); and Writing in Time: Emily Dickinson’s Master Hours. Her current work focuses on Dickinson and Anthropocene poetics.  

Caroline McCraw is a UX designer, artist, and scholar whose work is concerned with digital + [textuality, poetics, archives, publishing, labor]. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MA in Digital Humanities from Loyola University Chicago. ccmcc.biz. (

Danielle Richards is a doctoral candidate at Loyola University Chicago. Her dissertation, “Vital Environs: Modernist Ecologies and the Nature Tradition”, investigates late 19th and early 20th-century conceptions about Nature and the ways writers like Richard Jefferies, D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, and Virginia Woolf revolutionized our understanding of rural and urban spaces, coastal vistas, and the Lakes District. Danielle is particularly interested in ecology, ecocriticism, digital humanities, and British Modernism. Before Dickinson’s Birds, she was a technical editor on the Lili Elbe Digital Archive. https://drichards474.wixsite.com/home.

Abraham Kim is an independent web developer. His DH projects include work on The Petrarchive.


Will Sikich is a doctoral student in English at Loyola University Chicago.  He received his BA in English and Creative writing from Augustana College and his MA in English from Loyola University Chicago.


Patrick Bryant is Director, Product Development at Goizueta Business School, Emory University. He has over twenty-five years’ experience designing, developing, and deploying software in multiple languages. His academic training focused on C19 American literature, especially the works of Herman Melville and Emily Dickinson. 

Rayne Broach is a doctoral student in English and Digital Humanities at Loyola University. 




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Dickinson’s “x” or “+” mark, often used to indicate the presence of a variant word or phrase (detail, “With Pinions of Disdain”)

Support for this project has been provided by the Office of Research Services and the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, Loyola University Chicago.