Walking With Whitman – October 7th with Robert Gibbons and Doreen (Dd.) Spungin

Signature Series “Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman”  – Live Poetry Readings Friday, October 7, 2022 – 7PM – 8:30PM Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) presents  Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, hosted by Writer-in-Residence George Wallace. The signature series, now in its 12th season, continues to bring the most intriguing

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Youth Speaks for Social Justice

Youth Speaks for Social Justice Saturday, October 1, 2022 – 1PM-3PM Suffolk County Teen Poet Laureate Ella O’Connor invites students to participate in “Youth Speaks for Social Justice,” a spoken-word performance competition focused on social justice issues. The event is a fundraiser to help address systemic inequalities and will be

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African American Voices for Democracy: Intersection of Contemporary African American Poetry and Hip Hop

Saturday, November 12, 2022 – 6PM – 8PM As part of WWBA’s Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy Series, New York City-based performance poet Malik Work will offer an introduction to hip hop and perform his own works. In collaboration with Westbury High School, English Dept. Chair Dr. Nicolette James

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African American Voices for Democracy: Intersection of Community and Literary Voices

Sunday, October 16, 2022 – 1:30PM-3:30 PM  As part of our Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy Series, WWBA reprises the successful Favorite Poem Project created by US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Community members of all ages are invited to bring and read their favorite African American poetry. Additionally, WWBA

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Walking With Whitman – September 2nd with Bruce Johnson and Nicholas Samaras

Friday, September 2, 2022 – 7PM – 8:30PM Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) presents  Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, hosted by Writer-in-Residence George Wallace. The signature series continues to bring the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets on the Walt Whitman Stage.

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Poetry Reading with Nancy Keating & Deborah Hauser

Join us in person on July 27, 2022 at 7PM for a poetry reading with Nancy Keating and Deborah Hauser, and open mic night.  Open Mic – Registration at the door, first come, first serve basis. A fellow poet has written: “Nancy has worked tirelessly to promote poetry in Babylon

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Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site Time Capsule

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association will be burying a Time Capsule on Friday, August 5, 2022, at 1PM at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site. The ceremony will also commemorate William T. Walter, Ph.D. (1931-2020) for his long-time leadership and lasting contributions to WWBA as Trustee, Officer, and Member (1981-2020).

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Announcing Hua Xi as “Poets To Come” Scholar

The Gwenn A. Nusbaum / WWBA Poets To Come Scholarship Committee has selected Hua Xi (they/she) as the 2022 Scholarship recipient.   During the scholarship year, Hua plans to publish a first chapbook of poetry and finish a first poetry book manuscript.  Hua is interested in the mind and its

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Upcoming & Past Events

Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon & Long Island History Sunday, June 12, 2022 Discussion and Q&A: 1:30PM – 3:30PM EST WWBA collaborates with community members to interpret Jupiter Hammon’s poetry in historical contexts. Hammon (1711-ca. 1806) is known as a founder of African-American literature. Born into slavery, Hammon published his first poem, “An Evening Thought. Salvation

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Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon & Long Island History

WWBA collaborates with community members to interpret Jupiter Hammon’s poetry in historical contexts. Hammon (1711-ca. 1806) is known as a founder of African-American literature. Born into slavery, Hammon published his first poem, “An Evening Thought. Salvation by Christ with Penitential Cries,” at 50 years of age. He gained wide circulation and used his Christian biblical foundation to

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