April 9, 2021
7:00 PM EST

Event Description:

Walking With Whitman Poetry in Performance series featuring Afric McGlinchey and Richard Bronson with music by Josie Bello.

Event Video Link: https://youtu.be/b0dPRQr9NNg

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) is pleased to present the 11th season of Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, hosted by Writer-in-Residence George Wallace. (See links mentioned in this video below). 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. April’s featured readers are Ireland-based Poet Afric McGlinchey and Long Island Poet Richard Bronson. This series is funded by Poets & Writers Inc. with funds from NYS Council on the Arts with the Support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature. Visit https://PW.org​ to learn more.

An award-winning poet, reviewer, and journalist, AFRIC MCGLINCHEY has worked as a freelance editor for twenty years, in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ireland. Author of Ghost of the Fisher Cat (Salmon Poetry, 2016), and The lucky star of hidden things (2012), both of which have been translated into Italian and published by L’Arcolaio, she has won several prizes, including the Hennessy poetry award, two Arts bursaries, a Faber Academy Fellowship, and selection for an Italo-Irish Literature Exchange. A native of Ireland who grew up in Zimbabwe, Afric is a graduate of Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town. She has lived in Paris, London and Spain prior to her return to West Cork, Ireland. Elected as one of Ireland’s ‘Rising Poets ’by Poetry Ireland Review, Afric’s work was also selected for a Poetry Series on ‘Dislocation’ at Bologna University in Italy. She was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland bursary to complete a hybrid flash memoir, forthcoming this year from Broken Sleep Books.

RICHARD BRONSON is on the Faculty of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care & Bioethics at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. He has received the Poem of the Year Award of the American College of Physicians and is the author of Search for Oz (2006), Silent Music (2009), Passage: Poems New & Selected (2014), and Wearing Masks (2015). He is on the Board of Trustees of Long Island Poetry Collective (LIPC) and facilitates poetry workshops with a group of LIPC members.

JOSIE BELLO is a Singer-Songwriter from Huntington. Her songs tell stories that are relatable, and explore issues that are both timely and timeless. Her newest release “Have Purpose Live Long” (2020) and her debut album “Can’t Go Home” (2018) have both had extensive U.S. & International radio play with the albums and individual tracks appearing on an impressive number of radio charts. Josie performs solo and with her band, “The Kit House Band”. Her music is available everywhere including Spotify, Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon. For more information about Josie, you can visit her website at https://josiebello.com/