8:30 PM EST
Signature Series “Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman” – Live Poetry Readings
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 figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets on the Walt Whitman Stage.
Friday, October 7th Walking With Whitman will feature Robert Gibbons author of Close to the Tree (Three Rooms Press, 2012) and Flight (Poets Wear Prada, 2019) and Doreen (Dd.) Spungin author of Tomorrow Smells Invisible (Words With Wings Press, 2020). Join us for this exciting event!
Robert Anthony Gibbons, a native Floridian, came to New York City in 2007 in search of his muse Langston Hughes and found a vibrant contemporary poetry community at the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Green Pavilion, Nomad’s Choir, Brownstone Poets, Hydrogen JukeBox, Saturn Series, and Phoenix among other venues. His first book, Close to the Tree, was published by the New York-based Three Rooms Press in 2012. He is an Obsidian Fellow (2019). He is a Cave Canem Fellow (2019-2021) and has received residencies from the Norman Mailer Foundation (2017) and the DISQUIET International Literary Program (2018). In 2018 he completed his MFA at City College. Robert has been published in over thirty literary magazines and in several notable anthologies. Recent publication credits include Expound, Promethean, Turtle Island Quarterly, Killer Whale, and Suisun Valley Review, and the Bronx Memoir Project: Vol. 2 published by the Bronx Council of the Arts. Robert’s first collection, Close to the Tree, was published by Three Rooms Press (2012). His chapbook, Flight, was published by Poets Wear Prada (2019) and his collaboration with Brooklyn based visual artist, Amy Williams, Some Little Words was published 440 Gallery, Brooklyn (2021)
Brooklyn native, Dd. Spungin, author of the collection, Tomorrow Smells Invisible (Words With Wings Press, 2020) hosts events for Poets In Nassau and Performance Poets Association on Long Island. Her poetry can be found in anthologies and in print and on-line journals, most recently: L I Quarterly; Corona, An Anthology of Poems; Maintenant 16; First Literary Review East; Poets To Come; The Avocet; Paumonok, Transition; Nassau County Poet Laureate Society Review, and PPA Literary Review. Several of her poems have been set to music by NY composer, Julie Mandel.
No registration is required, there is a $10 entry fee for this event that will be collected at the door.
Refreshments will be served.
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This program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc., Poets and Writers, and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.