Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center
Walking with Whitman:Poetry in Performance Featuring Anne Walman and Philip Asaph
7:00 - 9:00
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is pleased to present the third season of its signature series 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.
This year WWBA is offering an optional poetry writing workshop series:
Writing with Whitman:Poetry Workshops
Workshops will take place on the afternoons of the evening reading from 3 - 5 PM. The workshops will be conducted by the evening reading's regional poet and will give participants at all levels an opportunity for a more shared experience of poetry.
Saturday, March 2 (7-9 PM)
featuring Anne Waldman and Philip Asaph
"Meet the Poets" Reception at 6:15 PM
Internationally recognized and acclaimed poet Anne Waldman has been an active member of the “Outrider” experimental poetry community, a culture she has helped create and nurture for over four decades, as writer, editor, master teacher, performer, poetics scholar, infra-structure curator, and cultural/political activist. Her poetry is recognized in the lineage of Whitman and Ginsberg, and in the Beat, New York School and Black Mountain trajectories of the New American Poetry. Yet she remains a highly original “open field investigator” of consciousness, committed to the possibilities of radical shifts of language and states of mind to create new modal structures and montages of attention. She is the author of more than 40 books, including the mini-classic Fast Speaking Woman, a collection of essays entitled Vow to Poetry and several selected poems editions including Helping the Dreamer, Kill or Cure and In the Room of Never Grieve.
Waldman was one of the founders and directors of The Poetry Project at St. Marks’s Church In-the-Bowery, working there for over a decade. She also co-founded with Allen Ginsberg the celebrated Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, the first Buddhist inspired University in the western hemisphere, in 1974. Colleagues for many years, Ginsberg has called Waldman his “spiritual wife”. She is a Distinguished Professor of Poetics at Naropa and continues to work to preserve the school’s substantial literary/oral archive She has edited and co-edited many collections based on the holdings of the Kerouac School including, Civil Disobediences and Beats at Naropa. She is also the editor of Nice to See You, an homage to poet Ted Berrigan, The Beat Book, and co-editor of The Angel Hair Anthology. Forthcoming from Coffee House in 2014: Cultural Rhizomes at Naropa.
Her forthcoming book from Penguin Poets (2013) Gossamurmur is an allegory of imposters, Doppelgangers, Deciders and a romp through Heian Japan and Vedic India.
Known as “Philip” by friends and family, Raymond Philip Asaph has published poems and stories in Poetry, Glimmer Train and Mississippi Review. He studied poetry and fiction at Eckerd College, Bucknell University and SUNY Stony Brook before winning a fellowship to New York University and receiving his MFA. Philip’s been teaching poetry, fiction and philosophy for twenty years and is now completing a novel-in-stories, Brothers of the Ox.
His novel, “ a spiritual comedy” which follows the life of a cocky, furniture mover, attempts to hold up a mirror to the American character and to the conflicts and absurdities of American culture on every level of our society--from the working poor of East Northport to the billionaires of South Hampton. Phil’s fiction, like his poetry, is almost always set on Long Island and the four themes which resonate throughout most of his work are Love, Faith, Unity and Service. Phil is longtime student of A Course in Miracles, Theravada Buddhism, the philosophies of ancient India and the system of psychology known as the Enneagram. In addition to his poetry and fiction, Phil is presently working on four books of essays which seek to merge the spiritual, the political and the practical. The title of the first one is “Happiness, My Ass.” He’s known for directness and a sense of humor.
Mr. Asaph will be conducting a poetry writing workshop as part of the Writing with Whitman series from 3-5 PM in the Interpretive Center. His topic is "Giving Voice to the Human" which he says is his favorite topic, theme and practice.
For series or individual tickets call 631-427-5240 ext. 115
Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance:
Reading Event Tickets/$10 Reading Series tickets/$50 (for six events)
Or attend the evening reading along with the writing workshop:
Reading Event with (3-5 PM)workshop/$15 Series of six Readings & Workshops /$60
Tickets for individual events are also available at the door.
Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance
2013 Season of Readings
Writing with Whitman: Poetry Writing Workshops
2013 Season of Workshops
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc. with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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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.