Poet James Tate was very involved when the Amherst Poetry festival began in 2013. He read that year and last year as well.
But the Pulitzer Prize winning poet died in July.
He will be honored at the third annual festival, which begins Thursday and runs through Sunday.
The main stage on the Homestead lawn at the Emily Dickinson Museum is dedicated him.
“He was such an important part of the first part of thefirst two years we wanted to have some kind of tribute to him,” said Michael Medeiros, who does publicity for the Dickinson Museum.
“We wanted to continue the really strong contemporary work that he embodied,” he said.