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Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center

Writing with Whitman: Poetry Writing Workshop with Poet Dan Giancola (3-5 PM)

Saturday, April 6, 2013
3:00 - 5:00

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!

Poet Dan Giancola is the author of six collections of poetry including his most recent Data Error (Street Press, 2012). He reviews poetry collections for the East Hampton Star and teaches English at Suffolk County Community College. He regularly reads his work all across Long Island.  This event is the second of six writing workshops as part of the 2013 Writing with Whitman series being led by accomplished poets.

Space limited, register early

This workshop is for poets at all levels including those who are new to the form. The event will be held in the classroom at Walt Whitman Birthplace.

The $15 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 Dan Giancola and internationally acclaimed poet Pierre Joris.

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

purchase tickets online

Poetry Workshop with Dan Giancola  (3-5 PM)/$15  (includes evening reading at 7PM)

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.