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.
Holiday High Tea at the Walt Whitman Birthplace
Thu, December 3, 2015
Walking with Whitman featuring Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan
Sat, December 5, 2015
Yuletide Family Day
Sun, December 6, 2015
Transatlantic Poetry Reading with Gregory Pardlo and Selina Nwulu
Sun, December 13, 2015
An Evening of Poetry with Gregory Pardlo
Sun, December 13, 2015
November is History Month!
Visit our new Historic Whitmanland Exhibit!
Unique exhibit in Visitor's Center of original mid-18th Century deeds to Whitman property. Photo exhibition in Gathering House depicting various formations of the original Birthplace of Walt Whitman (b.1819), built by his father circa 1810. Guided tours of Birthplace showing typical farm house with artifacts depicting typical farm life in 1823. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Click here for directions.
Order your copy today! Perfect holiday gift!
The Walt Whitman Birthplace is proud to present "A Taste of Poetry," an anthology comprised of 70 American poets with a strong representation from the Long Island region. Many of the poems and recipes in A Taste of Poetry began somewhere personal, beloved and unique. Many invoke the warmth and love of generations past, of relatives long gone who left indelible impressions. Click here to order now!
2016 Long Island Poet of the Year Nominations
The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is seeking nominations for the 2016 Long Island Poet of the Year award. This award is given annually to a Long Island poet recognized regionally for the excellence of his or her work and who is active in supporting and promoting poetry on Long Island.
The nomination should consist of a brief bio/CV, including publications, artistic engagements, and community activities, and a two page sample of the poet's work. This material should be submitted by email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to Executive Director, Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, West Hills, New York 11746-4148
Nominations must be received by January 31, 2016. The WWBA Board of Trustees Program Committee will choose the awardee by February 28, 2016. The award will be presented at a reception-reading in April 2016.