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Walking With Whitman with Diane Frank

Friday May 6th, Walking With Whitman will feature publisher Diane Frank of Blue Light Press and the new anthology NYC FROM THE INSIDE, featuring 179 poets and 360 pages of poetry. The anthology has been called a landmark collection for American poetry in the 21rst century, includes numerous winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Guggenheim Fellowship and other major awards, and was edited by Walt Whitman writer in residence George Wallace.

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

WWBA’s Long Island Poet of the Year 2022: Matt Pasca.

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s 2022 Long Island Poet of the Year – Matt Pasca.

Each year, WWBA honors a notable Long Island poet as WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year. The qualifications for this award are that the poet be a distinguished and well-respected poet who champions poetry through their writing, teaching, and support of the Long Island community of poets.

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MATT PASCA is a poet, teacher and traveler who believes in art’s ability to foster discovery, empathy and justice. He has authored two poetry collections – A Thousand Doors (2011 Pushcart nominee) and Raven Wire (2017 Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist) – and is named 2022 Long Island Poet of the Year by the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association. Matt serves as Assistant Poetry Editor of 2 Bridges Review and as adviser to The Writers’ Block, thrice awarded “Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine” by the American Scholastic Press Association. A 2003 New York State Teacher of Excellence, Pasca has taught Poetry, Mythology and IB English at Bay Shore High School for 25 years. He is currently at work on his third poetry collection, entitled Traitor.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Start Time: 4:30 pm EST

Walking With Whitman featuring Martin Espada, Denis Gray, and Josie Bello

Another installment of Walking With Whitman featured Martin Espada, Denis Gray, and Josie Bello.

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Date: Friday, April 1, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST
Suggested Donation: $ 5

Intersection: Jazz and Free Verse with Dudley Music, Ashley Kahn, and E. J. Antonio

WWBA’s new series Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy’s first event, Intersection: Jazz and Free Verse with Dudley Music, Ashley Kahn, and E. J. Antonio.

E.J. Antonio received fellowships in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Hurston/Wright Foundation, and the Cave Canem Foundation. She’s appeared as a featured reader and performer at venues in the NY tri-state area, including Why Not Jazz Room; Arts Westchester; The Stone; the Hobart Festival of Women Writers, The Vision Festival, and Langston Hughes House. Her work has been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies, including: the Encyclopedia Project, African Voices Literary Magazine, Black Renaissance Noire, The Mom Egg, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Taint Taint Taint Magazine, and About Place Journal. E.J. is the author of two chapbooks, Every Child Knows (Premier Poets Chapbook Series 2007) and Solstice (Red Glass Books, 2013), and a solo jazzoetry cd Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session. E.J. is a founding member of the Jazz & Poetry Choir Collective, which released its debut cd We Were Here in spring 2020, and a founding Board Member of the non-profit Arts organization One Breath Rising

Dudley Music is a Long Island-based Hip-Hop artist, producer, and Jazz musician, playing saxophone, keys, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet and MPC. He performs, curates and hosts events around Long Island, NYC and neighboring east coast cities. When he is not creating or performing, Dudley is contributing to the growth of Long Island’s community of musicians and visual artists. Dudley is a regular at Rockwood Music Hall and recently performed at The Blue Note and Brooklyn Bowl, two of NYC’s premier live music venues. Dudley spent the Summer of 2019 on stage supporting artists like Talib Kweli, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Sublime with Rome, Slightly Stooped, Gladys Knight, and Patti Labelle. His debut EP, On My Way, was released in the Spring of 2016. With support from Hip Hop legend Talib Kweli, an extended version of the project was made available at Talib’s online store, Dudley’s sophomore EP, Rely On Me, was released December 20, 2019.

George Wallace is Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace (2011-present), first poet laureate of Suffolk County NY, former laureate of the International Beat Poetry Festival and author of 38 chapbooks of poetry. An adjunct professor with the English Department at Pace University in Manhattan and at Westchester Community College, Wallace is editor of Poetrybay, Poetryvlog, Walt’s Corner, and co-editor of Great Weather For Media and Long Island Quarterly. His publications include Resistance is a Blue Guitar (Blue Light Press), Simple Blues With A Few Intangibles (Foothills Publications), Belt Buckles And Bibles (NightBallet Press), Incident on the Orient Express (Nirala Press), Poppin’ Johnny (Three Rooms Press), Burn My Heart in Wet Sand (Leicester), Sulfer of Troy and Swimming Through Water (La Finestra Editrice).
An avid Whitman enthusiast, he is a major interpreter of Long Island literature and local history, as well as European Surrealism, New York School and Beat writing; and has dialogued with many of the major figures in 20th century poetry and the popular arts, including most of the poets in residence at the Whitman Birthplace.

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Start Time: 6:00 pm EST

Book Talk with Maire Mullins about Hannah Whitman Heyde

Book Talk with Maire Mullins about Hannah Whitman Heyde: The Complete Correspondence.

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Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Start Time: 6:30 pm EST

Adelphi Composers Meet Whitman

Student composers from Adelphi visited the Birthplace to “Meet” Whitman

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Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Start Time: 2:00 pm EST
Suggested Donation: $ 5

World Poetry Day 2022 Triangulation Project – Poets Building Bridges

Poets Building Bridges is a series of poetry readings featuring international poets. Writer-In-Residence George Wallace curated this series and hosted this event.

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Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Start Time: 10:00 am EST

Walking With Whitman – Vicki Iorio, Denise Duhamel, and Josie Bello

Walking With Whitman featuring Vicki Iorio, Denise Duhamel, and Josie Bello.

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Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

Composers Meet Whitman

WWBA is proud to introduce our Walt Whitman Music Archive. Composers Meet Whitman featured Daron Hagen, H. Paul Moon, George Mallis, and Gilda Lyons.

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WWBA presents “Composers Meet Whitman,” a virtual discussion featuring the works of composer, writer, and filmmaker Daron Hagen, who discusses works by a variety of composers based on Whitman’s verse; Filmmaker H. Paul Moon, and WWBA Music Collection Archivist George Mallis join the conversation.

This event is sponsored by The Joel Foundation.

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST