October 6, 2023
7:00 PM EST
Cost: $ 10

Event Description:

The signature series, now in its 13th season, continues to bring the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets on the Walt Whitman Stage.
Friday, October 6th Walking With Whitman will feature poets David Dephy, a Georgian/American award-winning poet and novelist, and Vicki Iorio, author of poetry collections and chapbooks. We will also have a special host, the new Suffolk County Poet Laureate, Deborah Hauser. The evening will also feature live music by Singer-Songwriter Josie Bello.  Join us for this exciting event!

Refreshments will be served. No registration is required. There is a $10 entry fee for this event that will be collected at the door.




David Dephy – A Georgian/American award-winning poet and novelist. The founder of Poetry Orchestra and an author of full-length poetry work Eastern Star (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2020) and A Double Meaning, full-length poetry work with co-author Joshua Corwin. (Adelaide Books, NYC, 2022) The 1st place winner of THE ARTISTS FORUM Poetry Award in New York 2021. His work is going to the Moon in 2024 by The Lunar Codex, NASA, Polaris Trilogy. Poetry on Brick Street. He is named as Literature Luminary by Bowery Poetry, Stellar Poet by Voices of Poetry, Incomparable Poet by Statorec, Brilliant Grace by Headline Poetry & Press and Unique Poetic Voice by Cultural Daily. He lives and works in New York City.

Vicki Iorio is the author of the poetry collectionsPoems from the Dirty Couch, Local Gems Press (2013), Not Sorry, Alien Buddha Press (2020) and the chapbooks Send Me a Letter, dancinggirlpress (2015) and Something Fishy, Finishing Line Press (2018). Her poetry has appeared in numerous print and on-line journals. Vicki is currently living in Florida but she is NY4EVAH.

Deborah Hauser Poet, feminist, activist, certified ennui therapist, and fairy tale revisionist. Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders. Her poems and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Ms. MagazineWomen’s Review of BooksKenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review, and Calyx. Her work explores the intersection of poetry and activism. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has taught literature and writing at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College. She has featured at the Northeast Modern Language Association, New York University, Newman University, KGB Bar, Walt Whitman Birthplace, and Bowery Poetry Club. She has presented her academic work at conferences including the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference and graduate conferences at The City University of New York and Stony Brook University. She curates and hosts a monthly reading series at Jack Jack’s Coffee House for the Babylon Village Arts Council, is an Associate Editor at Poetrybay, the Secretary of the Suffolk County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a Long Island Poetry and Literature Repository Board Member. She leads a double life on Long Island where she works in the insurance industry.

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 josiebello.com.



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This program is made possible with funds from Poets and Writers, NY State Parks, Suffolk County, Town of Huntington, and NYS Council on the Arts through Huntington Arts Council.