Emily Dickinson's life and works have been the source of inspiration particularly to feminist orientated artists of a variety of mediums. A few notable examples are as follows:
- The cello rock band Rasputina drew inspiration from Dickinson for their 2010 album Sister Kinderhook. The songs Sweet Sister Temperance and My Porcelain Life are based specifically on the life of Dickinson. Dickinson has also played a role of inspiration for Rasputina's front woman Melora Creager for a number of years.
- Jane Campion's film The Piano and novel (co-authored by Kate Pullinger) were inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson as well as the novels by the Bronte Sisters. The soundtrack to the film, written and composed by Michael Nyman contained songs with titles directly extracted from Dickinson's poetry such as Big My Secret and most famously the Heart Asks Pleasure First. The former being one of Nyman's most notable works to date and a signature piece of his repertoire.
In the "Babylon 5" episode "Day of the Dead", it was stated that all of Dickinson's poems could be sung to the tune of "The Yellow Rose of Texas."