Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center
Poetry in Performance Featuring Quincy Troupe, Daniela Gioseffi and Bendan Constantine
1:00 - 3:00
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is pleased to present the second season of Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, a series of performances and presentations by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature and the arts on the national scene, paired with respected voices on the regional scene. The series is hosted by Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer in Residence George Wallace.
Tickets for individual events are available at the door. Receptions for all events begin 45 minutes before the reading.
Sunday, March 4 (1-3 PM)
Quincy Troupe with Daniela Gioseffi and Brendan Constantine
Event Tickets: $15/ Reception at 12:15 PM
Quincy Troupe is an awarding-winning author of eight volumes of poetry, three children’s books, and six non-fiction works. In 2010 he recei ved the American Book Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement.Among his best-selling works are Miles: The Autobiography of Miles Davis and his memoir, Miles & Me. Other works are: The Pursuit of Happyness, an autobiography he wrote with Chris Gardner that became a major motion picture and that was a New York Times bestseller for over 40 weeks; The Architecture of Language, a book of poems, that won the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achiev ement.
Quincy Troupe is professor emeritus of the University of California, San Diego, and editor of Black Renaissance Noire, a literary journal of the Institute of Africana Studies at New York University.
Daniela Gioseffi is An American Book Award winning author of fourteen books of poetry and prose. Her latest is Wild Nights, Wild Nights: The Story of Emily Dickinson’s Master, (©2010) and Blood Autumn, New and Selected Poems (© 2007). She has interviewed such notables as Galway Kinnell, Robert Pinsky, Grace Paley, Bob Holman, Meena Alexander, and Ishmael Reed to name a few. Daniela is winner of the John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry as well as two NY State Council for the Arts grant awards in poetry. She has presented her writing widely throughout the USA and Europe and for National Public Radio and the BBC, Oxford and London. She’s been a featured reader at various international book fairs from Miami to Barcelona. Her poetry, essays, and interviews have been published in Rain Taxi Review, Poet Lore, The Paris Review, The Nation, The New York Times, MS., Chelsea Literary Review, Poetry East and many other periodicals. Daniela edits www.PoetsUSA.com/ and her verse was etched in marble on a wall of Penn Stations Seventh Ave. Concourse near that of Walt Whitman and William Carlos Williams. Gioseffi’s work appears in numerous anthologies from Anchor/ Doubleday, Viking Press, Touchstone Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, etc. Her compendium of world literature, Women on War: International Writings from Antiquity to the Present is a women’s studies classic in print for over twenty-five years. Her edited collection with a fifty page introduction on the psychological dynamics of xenophobia of all kinds, titled On Prejudice: A Global Perspective, was presented at the United Nations and won a World Peace Award from The Ploughshares Fund. It has been used for tolerance teaching on campuses throughout the USA and Europe, from Princeton to MIT. Recently, she presented a seminar for Poets House in New York City titled: Transcendentalism in American Poetry from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to the Present.
Brendan Constantine was born in 1967, the second child of two working actors, and named after Irish playwright Brendan Behan.
An ardent supporter of Southern California’s poetry communities and one of its most recognized poets, he was nominated for Poet Laureate of the state before publishing a full-length manuscript.
His first collection, Letters To Guns, was released in February 2009 from Red Hen Press and continues to receive acclaim. His work has appeared in numerous journals, most notably Ploughshares, FIELD, Ninth Letter, The Pinch, ArtLife and LA Times Bestseller The Underground Guide to Los Angeles. His most recent collections are Calamity Joe (2012 Red Hen Press) and Birthday Girl With Possum (2011 Write Bloody Press).
Mr. Constantine is poet-in-residence at the Windward School in West Los Angeles. He is also currently working with The Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, bringing poetry workshops to Alzheimer's patients throughout the southland. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Hollywood at Bela Lugosi’s last address.
Evening Reading with Poet in Residence Yusef Komunyakaa
Sat, May 30, 2015
Master Class with 2015 Poet in Residence Yusef Komunyakaa
Sat, May 30, 2015
WAR WORDS WISDOM: Veteran Writer Poetry Reading
Sat, June 13, 2015
Discover Your Civil War Forefather
Sat, June 20, 2015
12th Annual Marathon Reading of "Song of Myself" at BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK
Sun, June 21, 2015
Whitman A'La Carte
Wed, June 24, 2015
Novel Writing workshop with Gae Polisner
Wed, July 15, 2015
WAR WORDS WISDOM: Songs of War
Sun, July 19, 2015
Walking with Whitman featuring Garland Thompson Jr. and Graham Everett
Sat, September 12, 2015
WAR WORDS WISDOM: Drum-Taps, sponsored by John & Penny Barr
Sat, September 26, 2015
Walking with Whitman featuring Joe Weil and Claire Nicolas White
Sat, October 3, 2015
Walking with Whitman featuring Anthoula Katsimatides, Matt Pasca and Terri Muuss
Sat, November 7, 2015
Walking with Whitman featuring Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan
Sat, December 5, 2015
April 30th, 2015 is Poem in your Pocket Day.
As a part of our War Words Wisdom program commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, The Birthplace is offering free pocket sized versions of Walt Whitman's poem "America." Click here to download a printable PDF, or stop by for a free copy.
Art at the Birthplace
The Birthplace is proud to display art from local renowned artists. Visit the Interpretive center in the month of May to view a book exhibit from artist Barry McCallion.
Barry McCallion is often linked with Fluxus, an international movement dedicated to testing art’s images and ideas. The artist has traveled and exhibited widely and is the recipient of a number of grants. A selection of unique ‘artists books’ drawn and painted on handmade paper and housed in elegant presentation boxes will be on display. Other examples from this series are in various university and private rare book collections.