African American Voices Of Democracy: Intersection Of Contemporary African American Poetry And Hip Hop

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 will coordinate with WWBA Trustee Dr. Susan Fishbein, working with students to create and perform their own hip hop poetry.

The Community is invited to perform their own hip hop poetry at the open mic.

Malik Work is a NYC based, born and raised actor-writer-musician. He is a founding member of The Real Live Show, a groundbreaking jazz/hip hop conglomerate. He’s written and performed a hip hop musical called Verses @ Work, a one-man show that toured last year with the Public Theater, and has garnered him a nomination for Best Solo Performance at the AUDELCO Awards. His recent television credits include Broad City on Comedy Central and Blacklist: Redemption on NBC. Malik is also the voice of Planet Word, an immersive museum of the English language in Washington D.C. He’s composed and performed poetry for Webby Award-winning project People Not Property, an historic preservation and educational website for Historic Hudson Valley. He’s recently created a film interpretation of the first published African-American writer Jupiter Hammon’s An Essay on Slavery. The piece is on exhibit at Preservation Long Island’s Joseph Lloyd Manor, which is recognized as a national Literary Landmark.

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Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Start Time: 6:00 pm EST
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POETS BUILDING BRIDGES Boricua NYC, Costa Rica, NYC/.Brevitas

George Wallace and Walt Whitman Birthplace proudly present season two of POETS BUILDING BRIDGES: A TRIANGULATION PROJECT, inaugurated in March 2022 with the purpose of enhancing dialogue between communities of writers across the US and internationally. Based on a shared small-group experience, these Saturday zoom sessions engage three distinct and well defined communities of poets with each other to share work and foster further interaction. THIS IS A ZOOM ONLY EVENT.

Season One triangulated groups by location — from the US, UK, Italy, South America, the Balkans, the Near East and India.

In Season Two, POETS BUILDING BRIDGES will build on that experience, triangulating national and international groups based not only on location but additionally offering key small press publications an opportunity to form a participating group.

Live on zoom. archived on Youtube.

Youtube Event Video 11/12/2022:  https://youtu.be/vmLUG5iFo_Y

Boricua NYC:  Vincent Toro  |  Ana Portnoy Brimmer  |  Malcolm Friend

Vincent Toro is the author of two poetry collections: Tertulia and Stereo.Island.Mosaic, which won the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award. Vincent is a recipient of the Caribbean Writer’s Cecile De Jongh Poetry Prize, the Spanish Repertory Theater’s Nuestras Voces Playwriting Award, a Poet’s House Emerging Poets Fellowship, a New York Council for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, and a New Jersey State Council for the Arts Writer’s Fellowship. His poetry and prose have been published in dozens of magazines and journals and has been anthologized in Saul Williams’ CHORUS, Puerto Rico En Mi Corazon, Best American Experimental Writing 2015, and The Breakbeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Rider University, is a Dodge Foundation Poet, and is a contributing editor for Kweli Literary Journal. His third poetry book, HIVESTRUCK, is forthcoming from Penguin Random House in 2024.

Ana Portnoy Brimmer is a poet and organizer from Puerto Rico. She holds a BA and an MA  from the University of Puerto Rico, and is an alumna of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Newark. To Love an Island, her debut poetry collection, was originally the winner of YesYes Books’ 2019 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest. The Spanish edition is forthcoming from La Impresora. Ana is the winner of the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest 2020, and was named one of Poets & Writers 2021 Debut Poets. She is the daughter of Mexican-Jewish immigrants, resides in Puerto Rico and finds hope in the poetics of dance parties and revolution. (es poeta y organizadora de Puerto Rico. Obtuvo su bachillerato y maestría de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, y es egresada del MFA en Escritura Creativa de Rutgers University-Newark. To Love an Island, su primera colección de poesía, fue originalmente ganadora del premio Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest 2019 de YesYes Books. La edición en Español del libro está próxima a salir con La Impresora. Ana es ganadora del premio 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest 2020 y fue nombrada una de les Poets & Writers 2021 Debut Poets. Es hija de inmigrantes Mexicanxs-Judixs, reside en Puerto Rico y encuentra esperanza en la poética del bailoteo y la revolución.)

Malcolm Friend received his BA from Vanderbilt University, where he was the 2014 recipient of the Merrill Moore Prize for Poetry, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape and the full length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple, selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, Backbone Press, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, The Frost Place, and the University of Memphis. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in publications including La Respuesta magazine, the Fjords Review’s Black American Edition, Vinyl, Word Riot, The Acentos Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and Pretty Owl Poetry. He is a Poetry Editor for FreezeRay Poetry, and together with JR Mahung is a member of Black Plantains, an Afrocaribbean poetry collective. He currently lives and teaches in Austin.

Costa Rica: Maria Sucerquia  |  Marisa Russo  |  Nidia Martina Gonzalez  |  Luissiana Naranjo Abarca

María Del Castillo Sucerquia (Barranquilla, Colombia – 1997). Poet, literary agent, tutor, eastern doctor (Neijing, Spain) and translator (French, English, Italian, Russian and Greek). She learned languages at the Universidad del Atlántico. Honorary doctorate in Transcendental Humanism from the Academy, Arts, Culture and Culture of Peace (AHCASA Morocco-Mexico Alliance, 2021). Hebrew language student. Winner of the Naji Naaman poetry prize, Creativity prize category, (Lebanon, 2022); the Kasi Nazrul Islam Birth Anniversary Award (Bangladesh, 2022); of the prize “A poem for Meira Delmar – 2022 (Meira Delmar Library, Barranquilla, Colombia); the Golden Heart award, granted by the Rahim Karim Karimov International Foundation (Russia – Kyrgyzstan, 2022), in recognition of her literary and translation work; of the first place in the VII “Jorge García Usta” Award (PoemaRío International Festival – Pilot Library of the Caribbean) with hir book “The Silenced Train”, among others. Director of Read Carpet Colombia magazine. Curator, translator and collaborator of national and international  literary magazines and journals.

Marisa Russo (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Poet, editor, cultural manager and professor at Hunter College, City University of New York.  Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Hispano-American and Peninsular Literature at Hunter College of the City University of New York.Doctoral candidate at La Salle University in Education, Costa Rica. Founder of Turrialba Literaria. Executive Director and Founder of New York Poetry Press, Editor-in-Chief of New York Poetry Review. Her work has been translated into English and appears in several anthologies and literary magazines. Director of the New York City Latin American Poetry Festival and president of FIP Turrialba, Costa Rica, Publications: El idioma de los parques / The Language of the Parks (2018) Honorable Mention International Latino Book Awards – Best Poetry Book, Jardines Colganes (2020) and El cielo comienza en las raíces (2020) and Del libro de cuentos inventados por mamá: La joven ombú (2020).

Nidia Marina González Vásquez. Plastic artist, University of Costa Rica professor, and poet. She has exhibited artwork in mixed media, collage, drawing, and watercolor. Winner of poetry competitions. Included in: Antología de poetas ramonenses (Anthology of San Ramón Poets, 1990); Voces tatuadas, crónica de la poesía costarricense, 1970–2004 (Tattooed Voices, Chronicle of Costa Rican Poetry, 1970–2004, 2004); Sostener la palabra (Sustaining the Word, 2007); Mujeres poetas en el País de las Nubes (México)(Women Poets in the Land of Clouds, Mexico, 2008); Poesía del Encuentro (Poetry of the Encounter, 2010); Al hidalgo poeta (To the Noble Poet, XIX Meeting of Ibero-American Poets, Salamanca, 2017). Publications: Cuando nace el grito (When the Cry is Born, 1985); Brújula extendida (Extended Compass, 2013); Seres apócrifos (Apocryphal Beings, 2015); Objetos perdidos(Lost Objects, 2015); Bitácora de escritorio y otros viajes (Desktop Log and Other Journeys, 2016; La estática del fuego (The Static of Fire, 2019), Árbol de papel (Paper tree, 2019) Zurda (Left-handed, 2022) and Anamnesis (Anamnesis, 2022), winner of the Latin American poetry Fist Price Marta Eugenia Santamaría María Marín.

Luissiana Naranjo Abarca (1968) Costa Rica Poet and writer, editor, cultural promoter, workshop leader, Literary critic. Masters in  Educational Administration. Studied journalism, linguistics, and art. Founder of the Free words project to teach poetry to prisoners and former prisoners. Editor of literary publications for patients with cancer and children at high risk, on environmental conservation and mestization, promoted by PANIAMOR and UNESCO in the international year of peace. Author of educational texts Eduvision Publishing and children’s literature, with her poem “Blue Marble” for the EUNED Mapachin series. She has published five poetry books and has been translated and included in several Latin American anthologies. Currently, she organizes every year an international gathering named: The poet and the environment.

NYC/.Brevitas:  Ron Kolm  |  Austin Alexis  |  Amy Barone  |  Karen Neuberg

Ron Kolm is a contributing editor of Sensitive Skin. Ron is the author of Divine ComedySuburban Ambush, A Change in the Weather, Welcome to the Barbecue and Swimming in the Shallow End. He’s had work in The Café Review, Gathering of the Tribes, Great Weather for Media, Maintenant, Live Mag!, Local Knowledge, NYC From the Inside, the Poets of Queens anthology, The Red Wheelbarrow, the Riverside Poets Anthology, The Silver Tongued Devil anthology, Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts Omnibus and the Brownstone Poets anthologies. 

Austin Alexis is the author of the full-length collection Privacy Issues (Broadside Lotus Press, 2014, Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award) and two previously published chapbooks from Poets Wear Prada. He has work published in or scheduled to appear in Barrow Street, The Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, Paterson Literary Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Plath Profiles, Mid-American Review, Poetica Review (UK), American Book Review, Poetry Pacific, Flash Boulevard, and elsewhere. He won Honorable Mention in the 2022 Writer’s Digest 91st Annual Writing Competition (playwriting category), and has received awards from Conceit Magazine, Great Weather for Media (flash fiction), and Vermont Studio Center.

Amy Barone’s new poetry collection, Defying Extinction, was published by Broadstone Books in 2022. New York Quarterly Books released her collection, We Became Summer, in 2018. She belongs to the Poetry Society of America and the Brevitas online poetry community. From Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, she lives in New York City.

Karen Neuberg is the author of the full-length poetry collection, PURSUIT (Kelsay Press) and three chapbooks including the elephants are asking (Glass Lyre). Her poems have appeared in several anthologies including I Wanna Be Loved By You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe, Great Weather for MEDIA’S 2020 anthology Escape Wheel, First Water: The Best of Pirene’s Fountain, A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, and Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents, as well as in numerous literary journals including Big City Lit, MAINTENANT 16 A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, Nixes Mate, and Verse Daily. She holds an MFA from the New School, is associate editor of the online poetry journal First Literary Review-East, and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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POETS BUILDING BRIDGES is produced by Poetrybay Productions for the Walt Whitman Birthplace.

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
Start Time: 12:00 pm EST

Walking With Whitman – Live Poetry Reading with Writer-in-Residence George Wallace

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. Join us for this season’s last Walking With Whitman on Friday, November 4th. It will feature Judy Turek, author of 24 in 24, Midnight on the Eve of Never, B is for Betwixt and Between, A is for Almost Anything, Imagistics, and They Come And They Go.  The evening will also feature an open mic.  Join us for this exciting event!

J R (Judy) Turek, Walt Whitman Birthplace 2019 Long Island Poet of the Year, Superintendent of Poetry for the LI Fair, 2020 Hometown Hero by the East Meadow Herald, Bards Laureate 2013-2015is an internationally published poet, translated into Korean, Romanian, French, and Italian; editor, workshop leader, and 25 years as Moderator of the Farmingdale Creative Writing Group; she has 2 Pushcart Prize nominations and recipient of the Conklin Prize For Poetry. She was named a 2017 NYS Woman of Distinction.  She is the author of 24 in 24, Midnight on the Eve of Never, B is for Betwixt and Between, A is for Almost Anything, Imagistics, and They Come And They Go.  For many years she has been a key organizational force in regional poetry.  She hosts two events per month for Performance Poets Association (PPA); she’s the 1st Associate Editor for The North Sea Poetry Scene, PPA, and The Bards Initiative; she was the face of Princess Ronkonkoma Productions for 16 years. 2021 was her 17th consecutive year writing at least a poem a day, ending the year with 487 new poems.  J R, The Purple Poet, lives on Long Island with her soul-mate husband, Paul, her dogs, and her extraordinarily extensive shoe collection. msjevus@optonline.net

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

Refreshments will be served.

Make a meaningful gift to support our poetry programs:  https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

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.

 

Date: Friday, November 4, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST
$10 entry fee collected at the door

African American voices for democracy: intersection of community and literary voices

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 Trustee Dr. Susan Fishbein coordinates with Dr. Nicolette James, the chair of Westbury High School’s English Department, to work with students who will read and offer comments about African American poetry. Lorraine Currelley emcees the afternoon.

Submit your favorite African American poem:  Poems will be randomly selected at the event and you may have the opportunity to read your poem. 15 poems will be selected, you must be here in person to do a reading.

 

Submit your poem:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1J6w2GUSgk5IUHFl1SAG_Md-I6nOc7bYHrHWfJLb1YYY/edit

Lorraine Currelley, poet, spoken word artist, Bronx Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2022 State of New York, multi-genre writer, Pearls of Wisdom storyteller, educator, art/literary curator and visual artist. Widely anthologized in numerous publications. The executive director for Poets Network & Exchange a multi-award winning literary organization, where she curates and produces featured poetry, spoken word readings, writing workshops, panel discussions, an open mic, a blog and a scholar lecture series. In 2017 she made herstory becoming the first female executive director for the Bronx Book Fair, the premiere and largest literary event in the Bronx.  She has curated exhibits for Mom Egg Review (VOX), Studio Theater in Exile and Hudson Valley MOCA among others. She is a board member at Pen to Mind Books & Child Development, Concepts Inc. and Blind Beggar Press Inc. and adviser for Writing for Peace. She has an MS in Mental Health Counseling, a graduate certificate in Thanatology (grief & bereavement). A former chaplain, she writes and works to change the present negative societal image and narrative on aging and mental health to a healthy paradigm on mental health, age and ageing. She resides in New York City. https://www.pw.org/directory/writers/lorraine_currelley

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Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022
Start Time: 1:30 pm EST
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Land, Liberty, and Loss – Humanities New York Six Week Reading & Discussion Series – via ZOOM

Six consecutive Thursday evenings starting  October 13th, 6:30 – 8:30PM EST

WWBA is delighted to present our Fall Humanities Book Series, “Land, Liberty, and Loss” focusing on the land and liberties lost by Native Americans in the early years of America’s expansion. Participants will together read, “Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians,” a volume of nineteen essays written by leading scholars which offers a new perspective on historical events. The facilitator, Mandy Jackson, is a member of the Montaukett Indian Nation and facilitator/discussion leader of the Montaukett Indian Nation Book Club.

Educator Mandy Jackson is a member of the Montaukett Indian Nation and facilitator/discussion leader of the Montaukett Indian Nation Book Club. She is a member of the Montaukett Womens Circle, served as a member of the Suffolk County Native American Advisory Board, and is an advocate for the Montaukett people. Additional outreach includes participation in the virtual presentation “Exploring the Spring Sky: A Northeastern Native American Perspective” in collaboration with the Hamptons Observatory and Amagansett Library. As facilitator/moderator of discussion related to an Indigenous film documentary, including book and panelist discussion Bayshore- Brightwaters Library, New York “Communication, interaction, discussion…”(Newsday, “The Pages of History, February 27, 2023, pg.E3).

Thirteen copies of the book, “Why You Can’t Teach United States History Without American Indians,” are on loan from Humanities New York for for a $5.00 deposit which will be refunded when the book is returned at the close of the book discussion. They are available for pick up at Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746. Please email events@waltwhitman.org to schedule a time for pick up.

Week 1:  Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM Zoom – U.S. History to 1877 – Essays 1 – 4

  1. Borders and Borderlands by Juliana Barr
  2. Encounter and Trade in the Early Atlantic World by Susan Sleeper- Smith
  3. Rethinking the “American Paradox”: Bacon’s Rebellion, Indians, and the U.S. History Survey by James D. Rice
  4. Recentering Indian Women in the American Revolution by Sarah M. S. Pearsall

Week 2:  Thursday, October 20, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM Zoom – U.S. History to 1877 (cont.) – Essays 5 – 8

  1. The Empty Continent: Cartography, Pedagogy, and Native American History by Adam Jortner
  2. The Doctrine of Discovery, Manifest Destiny and the American Indians by Robert J. Miller
  3. Indians and the California Gold Rush by Jean M. O’Brien
  4. Why You Can’t Teach the History of U.S. Slavery without American Indians by Paul T. Conrad

Week 3:  Thursday, October 27, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM Zoom – Civil War, U.S. History Since 1877 – Essays 9 – 12

  1. American Indians and the Civil War by Scott Manning Stevens
  2. Indian Warfare in the West, 1861-1890 by Jeffrey Ostler
  3. America’s Indigenous Reading Revolution by Phillip H. Round
  4. “Working” from the Margins: Documenting American Indian Participation in the New Deal Era by     Mindy J. Morgan

Week 4:  Thursday, November 3, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM Zoom – U.S. History Since 1877 (cont.) – Essays 13 – 15

  1. Positioning the American Indian Self-Determination Movement in the Era of Civil Rights by John J. Laukaitis
  2. American Indians Moving to Cities by David R.M. Beck and Rosalyn R. Lapier
  3. Beyond the Judeo-Christian Tradition? Restoring American Indian Religion to 20th Century U.S. History by Jacob Betz

Week 5:  Thursday, November 10, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM Zoom – Reconceptualizing the Narrative – Essays 16 – 18

  1. Powering Modern America: Indian Energy and Postwar Consumption by Andrew Neeham
  2. Teaching American History as Settler Colonialism by Mikal Brotnov Eckstrom and Margaret D. Jacobs
  3. Federalism: Native, Federal and State Sovereignty by K. Tsianina Lomawaima

Week 6:  Thursday, November 17, 2022 6:30 – 8:30 PM Zoom – Essay 19 and Wrap-Up / Roundtable

  1. Global Indigeneity, Global Imperialism, and It’s Relationship to Twentieth-Century U.S. History by Chris Andersen

 

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Date: Thursday, October 13, 2022
Start Time: 6:30 pm EST
Cost: $ 10

Walking With Whitman – With Robert Gibbons And Doreen (DD.) Spungin

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 ExpoundPrometheanTurtle Island QuarterlyKiller 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.

Make a meaningful gift to support our poetry programs:  https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

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.

Date: Friday, October 7, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST
$10 entry fee collected at the door

Walking With Whitman – with Bruce Johnson and Nicholas Samaras

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.

Friday September 2nd, Walking With Whitman will feature Nicholas Samaras, the author of “Hands of the Saddlemaker” (Yale University Press, 1992) and Bruce Johnson  author of “Borderlands and Dreams.”

Nicholas Samaras is the author of “Hands of the Saddlemaker” (Yale University Press, 1992) and “American Psalm, World Psalm” (Ashland Poetry Press, 2014). Having lived in ten countries, he writes on exile and issues of belonging.

Bruce Johnson is a Northport, LI resident, a lifelong lover of poetry, and a co-founder of poetry in performance scenes in Huntington such as the Paris Cafe and the Huntington Poetry Barn. He recently published a collection of poems, ‘Borderlands and Dreams,” mostly narrative poems written over three decades exploring the power of memory and dreams in our experiences as contemporary Americans and including a section describing experiences working in a homeless shelter as well as with child protective and adult protective services.

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

Refreshments will be served. 

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. 

Date: Friday, September 2, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST
$10 entry fee collected at the door

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). The Time Capsule will contain Whitman memorabilia, related artifacts, written historic texts and books. We will include newspaper articles of the current times reflecting a significant economic, political, or social news event.

A boulder will be placed at the site with a commemorative plaque inscribed: “I bequeath myself to the dirt to grow from the grass I love, If you want me again look for me under your boot-soles.” W.W., Song of Myself, Section 52. This project was initiated during the bicentenary year of Walt’s birth, 2019. The time capsule will be opened during Walt’s 250th birthday celebration in 2069.

The ceremony will take place under a tent with refreshments served. No registration is required, all are welcome.

Make a Meaningful Gift to Support Walt Whitman Birthplace:  https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

Date: Friday, August 5, 2022
Start Time: 1:00 pm EST

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 Village.  Her poetry reflects her life, her surroundings on Long Island and many life lessons as seen through the her eyes. Like Walt Whitman, Nancy’s poems are accessible to any listener.”

Nancy Keating is a longtime advocate for poetry on Long Island. She was co-host of “Poetry in the Village” reading series under auspices of the Babylon Village Arts Council (2009-2012 and 2014 to date). She is the founding business manager of Milkweed Editions (formerly Milkweed Chronicle), 1981. Nancy’s books include, Always Looking Back (Pangaea Press, 2010), White Chick (Elixir Press, 2021) won the Antivenom Prize, chapbook, The Patron Saints of Knitting, (Finishing Line Press, 2022).  Her poems have appeared in a multitude of publications, including Poetry Daily (online), New Letters, Gettysburg Review, Carolina Quarterly, Southampton Review, American Life in Poetry (online), and elsewhere, as well as several anthologies. As a Featured Reader, Nancy appeared in “Walking with Whitman” reading series; the Green’s Café series, Cornucopia Noshery, Amityville, New York; Caffe Portofino, Northport, NY; Colgate Writers Conference, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, along with numerous group readings events.  A graduate of Bucknell University and the University of Minnesota, she has an MFA from Stony Brook University and teaches at Farmingdale State College. She is married to fellow poet Tom Stock.

Deborah Hauser is the author of Ennui: From the Diagnostic and Statistical Field Guide of Feminine Disorders (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her poetry has appeared in journals such as The Found Poetry ReviewLong Island Quarterly, Poetrybay and The Long Islander. She received third prize in the Farmingdale Poetry and Suffolk County Community College Literary Journal contests and received honorable mentions or was a finalist in the following contests: Nassau County Poet Laureate Society, Goodreads, Great Neck Plaza, Crab Creek Reviewand Science Fiction Poetry Association.  Deborah graduated from Stony Brook University with a Masters in English Literature and has taught at Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College.

Date: Wednesday, July 27, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST
Suggested Donation: $ 5