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Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance Featuring Diane Wakoski & Jane LeCroy

Saturday, December 7, 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, December 7th (7-9 PM)

featuring Diane Wakoski & Jane Le Croy

"Meet the Poets" Reception at 6:15 PM


Diane Wakoski, described as an "important and moving poet" by Paul Zweig in the New York Times Book Review, is frequently named among the foremost contemporary American poets by virtue of her experiential vision and her unique voice. Wakoski's poems focus on intensely personal experiences—on her unhappy childhood, on the painful relationships she has had with men and, perhaps most frequently, on the subject of being Diane Wakoski. This is not to say, however, that her work is explicitly autobiographical. She has invented and incorporated personae from mythology and archetype as a liberation from what she has called the "obsessive muse," that spurs writers to face their personal terrors and turn them into art. Read More...


Jane LeCroy is a poet, singer and performance artist, home-birthing mother of 3, teacher, atheist, vegetarian, televisionless, hedonist, exemplifies the alphabet at its best. Jane LeCroy has collaborated, performed and toured with: the SF based all women’s poetry troupe, Sister Spit; the 1990’s emo-core band, Vitapup; the a capella hip-hop, beatboxing, orchestra, Nu Voices; Brant Lyon’s, Hydrogen Jukebox and such accomplished musicians as: Reggie Workman, Madigan Shive, Animal Prufrock, David Last, Bradford Reed, Chad Taylor, Carol Lipnik, Kid Lucky, Taylor McFerrin, Napoleon Maddox and Erik Lawrence.  Jane LeCroy fronts the avant-pop band TRANSMITTING, featuring multi-instrumentalist Tom Abbs.  She has published her poetry, stories, songs, and articles in Mudfish, Hootenanny, Tragic Book, Live-Mag, Princess, Fast Folk Magazine, Hanging Loose, Frank 151, Vector and Teachers & Writers.  Jane has been publishing student work and teaching writing, literature and performance to all ages through the artist-in-the-schools organizations Teachers & Writers Collaborative and DreamYard.  Jane’s latest book of poetry, Names was published by Booklyn as part of the award winning ABC chapbook series, purchased by the Library of Congress along with her braid.  Jane LeCroy's latest CD, Transmitting Dark and Full of Life was released on the European label, Delphy Records. 

Ms. Le Croy 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 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.