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Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

Walking with Whitman:Poetry in Performance Featuring David St. John and Robert Gibbons

Saturday, October 5, 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, March 2 (7-9 PM)

featuring David St. John

with Robert Gibbons

"Meet the Poets" Reception at 6:15 PM

David St. John was born in Fresno, California. He received his bachelor’s degree at California State in Fresno and went to the University of Iowa for an M.F.A. His works of poetry include Hush (1976), Terraces of Rain (1991) and The Red Leaves of Night (1999). Most recently he wrote The Face: A Novella in Verse (2004). He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, the James D. Phelan Award, the Academy Award in Literature, and various grants and fellowships. St. John has taught at Oberlin College, John Hopkins University, and currently teaches at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Robert Gibbons grew up in Belle Glade, Florida, the eldest of five children, and earned a B.S. in History from Florida A&M. In 2007, he moved to New York City in search of his muse, Langston Hughes. Gibbons has studied with such master poets as Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, Klmiko Hahn and Nathalie Handal, and has participated in workshops at Cave Canem and the 92Y. His work has been published in numerous anthologies, including The Brownstone Poets Anthology, Dinner with the Muse (Ra Rays Press), The Cartier Street Review, Nomad’s Choir, and Maintenant 6: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Art & Literature (Three Rooms Press). His poetry may also be heard on the CD Brain Ampin’ (Logo Chrysalis Productions). Close to the Tree is the Mr. Gibbons's first full-length collection of poems. Art curator and historian Marc Primus notes, “The poetry of Robert Gibbons flows from him like a mighty river. It is powerful lyrical, strong and hip.”

Mr. Gibbons will be conducting a poetry writing workshop as part of the Writing with Whitman series from 3-5 PM in the Interpretive Center.

For tickets call 631-427-5240 ext. 115

purchase tickets online

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance:
Reading Tickets   $10     

Reading with Workshop  $15   

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.