MiMi Zannino

  writer & performer



Reviews by Audience Patrons, Teachers, Librarians, Scholars, & Professors


My students were especially engaged when Ms. Zannino dressed up and took on the persona of Emily Dickinson. I have never seen a class so engrossed in what an adult was saying when learning something new and challenging. Her love and knowledge of the poet as well as the time period was amazing and very useful to the students.

            - Amber Foster, teacher, Anne Arundel County Schools


Your performance was extremely professional, smoothly presented, educational and informative but also entertaining and witty. I studied Emily's poetry as a student and really wish that you had come into my classroom back then to bring to life both the poet and her poems. I am sure the whole class would have been energized and motivated to learn more about her in this way.

           - Julia Mepham, librarian, Abingdon Library, Harford County


My first contact with MiMi was in her capacity of introducing poetry to hospitalized children and teens as our poet-in-residence. She was immediately able to motivate children of all ages, and get them very excited about the idea of poetry. This week I was fortunate enough to witness MiMi's dramatic presentation of Emily Dickinson at the Enoch Pratt library in Baltimore City. I was not alone in being completely mesmerized by her ability to bring the poet to life.

            - Gwen Rosen, librarian, Johns Hopkins Children's Center, retired


You gave the performance seamlessly and gracefully, and spectacularly. To see Dickinson in travel clothes thrilled me...a huge step toward unearthing the Dickinson that lived in the world, before she took to her room. Your voice is heavenly, lilting and spontaneous. - Kendra Kopelke, Director, MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts, University of Baltimore


Thank you for a transcendent experience. - Sara Arditti, Still Life Gallery, Baltimore





"Emily is in good hands! MiMi's Dickinson

is brave and vibrant." 

    -Dr. Eleanor Elson Heginbotham,        Dickinson scholar and author