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Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

Walking with Whitman:Poetry in Performance Featuring Pierre Joris & Dan Giancola

Saturday, April 6, 2013
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, April 6 (7-9 PM)

featuring Pierre Joris & Dan Giancola

"Meet the Poets" Reception at 6:15 PM

Joris in Paris

Pierre Joris has moved between the US, Europe & North Africa for 50 years, publishing over 40 books of poetry, essays and translations. In 1992 he returned to the Mid-Hudson valley & teaches poetry & poetics at the State University of New York, Albany. He lives with his wife, the performance artist and singer Nicole Peyrafitte, in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn since 2008. Just out is Cartographies of the In-between: The Poetry & Poetics of Pierre Joris, edited by Peter Cockelbergh, with essays by, among others, Mohamed Bennis, Charles Bernstein, Nicole Brossard, Clayton Eshleman, Allen Fisher, Christine Hume, Regina Keil-Sagawe, Abdelwahab Meddeb, Jennifer Moxley, Carrie Noland, Alice Notley, Marjorie Perloff & Nicole Peyrafitte (Literaria Pragensia, Charles University, Prague, 2011). Exile is My Trade: A Habib Tengour Reader edited, introduced and translated by Joris came out in early 2012 from Black Widow Press.

Forthcoming in late 2012 are Meditations on the Stations of Mansur al-Hallaj (poems) from Chax Press; Diwan Iffrikya: An Anthology of North African Writings from Prehistory to Today, co-edited with Habib Tengour from the University of California Press.


Dan Giancola is the author of six poetry collections, including Powder & Echo: Poems About Long Island’s Role in the American Revolutionary War (Canio’s Editions, 1991),  Part Mirth, Part Murder (Street Press, 2007), and most recently Data Error (Street Press, 2012), which Lucas Hunt has written “is an unflinching record of a disturbance that gradually turns into a bacchanalia of gleeful language, but only after careful, measured deliberation.”  Some of Giancola’s prose has appeared in The Southampton Press, Sag Harbor Express, and The New York Times. Most recently, Giancola has reviewed poetry collections for the East Hampton Star. Dan Giancola lives in Mastic and teaches English at the Riverhead campus of Suffolk County Community College.  He regularly reads his poetry in libraries, museums, bookstores, and gin-mills across Long Island.

Mr. Giancola will be conducting a poetry writing workshop as part of the Writing with Whitman series from 3-5 PM in the Classroom at Walt Whitman Birthplace.

Workshop Topic: Making Poems From Scraps, Snippets, and Cast-Offs

Participants are asked to bring their journals or bits and pieces of poems as raw material for the workshop. Join Dan Giancola in a workshop in which you'll mine past journals and poems for unused images, lines, and stanzas to create new poems that work on surprising juxtapositions and avoid conventional narrative. Attendees must bring their present journals as well as an older journal, if possible. The workshop should result in a poem or two that will surprise their poets!

Space Limited, please register early.

For series or individual tickets call 631-427-5240 ext. 115

purchase tickets online

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.