Friday, November 8 || 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 9 || 9 am – 10 pm






“Festival Within” is back! Based on Scribner’s “Best American Poetry” series, Walt Whitman Birthplace produces Long Island’s only poetry festival!




Over 15 years ago the festival, directed by Faith Lieberman, put Huntington on the literary map when she brought the “Who’s Who” of poetry to the streets and landmarks of Huntington Village. Faith Lieberman, Trustee of Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, is once again bringing together the community, visitors and world-class poets to three of Huntington’s most iconic venues.

The Festival celebrates the release of Scribner’s Best of the Best American Poetry: 25th Anniversary Edition. This festival features many of the world-renowned poets and writers honored in the 25th Edition ranging from Poet Laureates to Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging poets on the up and up. David Lehman, poet, critic and the series editor, will be joined by nine world-class poets from two anthologies of “Best of the Best American Poetry.” The 25th Anniversary edition was co-edited by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky who will give the opening morning address. Denise Duhamel, co-editor of “Best American Poetry 2013” will join for interactive seminars, round tables and readings.




Look For: David Lehman, Paul Muldoon and his band The Wayside Shrines, Major Jackson, Tom Sleigh, Lawrence Joseph, Denise Duhamel, Kim Addonizio, and the hippest emerging poets: Sally Wen Mao and Stacey Waite, plus the variety of our wonderful Long Island Poets!


The Festival Within starts with a bang at its Friday Night Kickoff at Book Revue in Huntington Village on November 8. The Kickoff features a diverse groups of poets from the Scribner collection, making for a riveting poetry reading and book signing. This event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, November 9, the Festival Within kicks into gear with a jam-packed day of events beginning at the Walt Whitman Birthplace at 9 a.m. and moving to the Walt Whitman Shops for the Festival Within Grand Finale at Center Court.


“In this electronic age, it is easy to lose the skills of reading and writing,” Faith Lieberman said. “It is easy to forget that the voice is the message and to be heard is a gift of validation. It is easy to lose our individuality, our humanity.”



With most of the day’s events taking place in various locations at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, attendees will have an intimate experience with the poets and performers, establishing a meaningful connection in interactive seminars, roundtable discussions, and poetry readings.





*For a full program schedule, please click here.

To purchase tickets, please call Bonnie Lowe (631) 427-5240 ext. 115.

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