Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center
Writing with Whitman: Poetry Writing Workshop with Poet Maxwell Wheat
3:00 - 5:00
Nassau County's first Poet Laureate, Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr. is a veteran teacher and creative writing workshop leader. Author of several chapbooks, Mr. Wheat is a lover of nature and the founder of the Taproot writing workshops.
Workshop Topic: The Art of Revision
Session starts with the writing of a nature poem following a short poem’s structure: Lead, Build-up, Kicker or Soft-shoe Tap ending. Revising follows with attention to writing techniques: removing Bland-Space Occupiers—words or groups of words taking up space but offering nothing to the poem’s effect. We will work with power input techniques: Hanging Words Slice-off, Freight Train Coupling, Unexpectedly Placed Words, etc. Will think about writing issues: Modifiers, Conjunctions, Interjections, Past or Present Tenses.
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 Maxwell Wheat and acclaimed poet Mary Jo Bang.
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.
Poetry Workshop includes evening reading at 7PM
Call 631-427-5240 ext. 115 or
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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April 30th, 2015 is Poem in your Pocket Day.
As a part of our War Words Wisdom program commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 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.
Art at the Birthplace
The Birthplace is proud to display art from local renowned artists. Visit the Interpretive center in the month of May to view a book exhibit from artist Barry McCallion.
Barry McCallion is often linked with Fluxus, an international movement dedicated to testing art’s images and ideas. The artist has traveled and exhibited widely and is the recipient of a number of grants. A selection of unique ‘artists books’ drawn and painted on handmade paper and housed in elegant presentation boxes will be on display. Other examples from this series are in various university and private rare book collections.