Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center
Writing with Whitman: Poetry Writing Workshop with Poet Philip Asaph
3:00 - 5:00
Poet Philip Asaph will lead a lively two-hour poetry writing workshop entitled Giving Voice to the Human. The workshop will cover the creation, revision and performance of poetry. Mr. Asaph will share what he’s learned about breaking through barriers, communicating the human experience in meaningful and memorable ways and finding greater confidence as an artist in the poems you bring to the page and the stage. Ideas, techniques and tricks--from keeping the poem “grounded in the body” to overcoming fears of public speaking--will be demonstrated and discussed.
Participants will write three new poems at this upbeat and friendly workshop and receive useful suggestions for both revisions and performance. The workshop is for poets at all levels including those who are new to the form.
Fee for the workshop includes admission to the 6:15 PM "Meet the Poets" reception and the 7 PM poetry reading, Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, featuring Philip Asaph and internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman.
This event is the first of six writing workshops as part of the 2013 Writing with Whitman series being led by accomplished poets.
The event will be held in the Interpretive Center overlooking the Birthplace of America's Good Gray Poet Walt Whitman.
Writing with Whitman is the companion series to Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, a reading series featuring performances by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature 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.
See full 2013 schedules below.
For series or individual tickets call 631-427-5240 ext. 115 or
Poetry Workshop with Phil Asaph (3-5 PM)/$15 (includes evening reading at 7PM)
Series of Six Readings & Workshops /$60
Tickets for individual events are also available at the door.
Writing with Whitman: Poetry Writing Workshops
2013 Season of Workshops
Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance
2013 Season of Readings
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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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. For the whole month of April, we are offering $1 off admission to anyone who brings a poem in their pocket.
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