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Poet & Friend to the Arts Russ Green Live Poetry Reading

A reading with Long Island poet and stellar friend to the arts Russ Green.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/wJd_tVo4VAs

WWBA is delighted to present a featured reading with Long Island poet and stellar friend to the arts Russ Green. Green describes his poetry as “edgy and bold, introspective and vulnerable while exploring truths, both political and societal, with a deep thirst for the healing salve of nature. And, always with a dab of humor and with some culinary bliss sprinkled in.”

Over the years, Russ Green has been co-editor at Great Weather for Media, put on poetry and arts events around Long Island and NYC, and has raised funds through some of these events for humanitarian and social justice organizations such as Tahirih Justice Center, The Trevor Project, and an the earthquake victims of Nepal. Additionally, Russ hosted and curated poetry stages at various festivals and has read his work from New York to New Orleans, Cleveland, Santa Fe, and cities in between. His book, Gimme Back My Radio, is out with Night Ballet Press. Currently, he runs a monthly workshop with poet Christina M. Rau called South Bay Sundays and also hosts and curates poetry and music events in Port Jeff called Saturdays on the Sound. You can usually find him communing with the mountains in Vermont with interesting artist friends or roaming the docks of Port Jefferson Harbor at night looking for signs of life in the starry night sky.

Date: Thursday, July 30, 2020
Start Time: 6:30 pm EST

Shark Minus Mother: Susana H. Case, Jami Macarty, & Dayna Patterson Live Poetry Reading

Susana H. Case’s “Dead Shark on the N Train” has questions of gender and violence threaded throughout her poems. Jami Macarty’s “The Minuses” is an ecofeminist book of poems, concerned with endangerments to women and ecology. Dayna Patterson’s “If Mother Braids a Waterfall” is a book obsessed with motherhood and daughterhood, ancestry, and transition—of home, family, faith, and the narratives woven to uphold the Self.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/KnJlKpAWMlc

WWBA is delighted to present “Shark Minus Mother” with Susana H. Case, Jami Macarty, and Dayna Patterson. (Please scroll down in this description for links to their books and WWBA information/donation links). Three women with poetry books released during the pandemic offer their poems to you from New York City, Tucson/Vancouver, and Bellingham, Washington. Join us for this exciting event!

Susana H. Case’s “Dead Shark on the N Train” has questions of gender and violence threaded throughout her poems. Jami Macarty’s “The Minuses” is an ecofeminist book of poems, concerned with endangerments to women and ecology. Dayna Patterson’s “If Mother Braids a Waterfall” is a book obsessed with motherhood and daughterhood, ancestry, and transition—of home, family, faith, and the narratives woven to uphold the Self.

Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Start Time: 6:30 am EST

“The Talking Cure” Poetry Reading by Dr. Jack Coulehan

Jack Coulehan, MD discusses The Talking Cure, his latest book publication.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/PD05Nra1K6M

WWBA is delighted to welcome Emeritus Professor of Medicine and WWBA Board of Trustees President Jack Coulehan for a reading of his recently released book “The Talking Cure”. (See below for links mentioned in this video). Author Cortney Davis writes: “Coulehan writes about the joys of medicine, of family, of love and faith, while not ignoring the frustration of caring deeply for others, how sometimes even the most compassionate must struggle to “squeeze a portion” of the heart, allowing “a few drops of compassion” to escape (“Lift Up Your Heart”).” Jack Coulehan shares his experiences during thirty years of healing through dynamic writing and storytelling.

Jack Coulehan is an Emeritus Professor of Medicine and former director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics at Stony Brook University. Jack’s essays, poems and stories appear frequently in medical journals and literary magazines, and his work is widely anthologized. He is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Talking Cure: New and Selected Poems (Plain View Press, 2020) His other books include Blood & Bone and Primary Care (University of Iowa Press), two co-edited anthologies of poems by physicians; Chekhov’s Doctors, a collection of Anton Chekhov’s medical tales (Kent State University Press); and an award-winning textbook The Medical Interview: Mastering Skills for Clinical Practice (F. A. Davis Co,). Among Jack’s honors are a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts poetry fellowship; the American College of Physicians poetry award; American Nursing Association book of the year award; Master Scholar humanities fellowship of the Philadelphia College of Physicians; Humanities Medal of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; and the Nicholas Davies Scholar Award of the American College of Physicians for “outstanding lifetime contributions to the humanities in medicine.”

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020
Start Time: 6:30 pm EST

Performing Poetry Workshop with Karen De Mauro & Wayne Mennecke

Karen De Mauro’s workshop on Performing Poetry: teaching approaches to performing poetry to embodying the unique voice of each particular poem.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/wFZLbCKzxO4

WWBA is delighted to welcome Karen De Mauro, Artistic Director of The Acting Center in New York City.

De Mauro focuses on teaching students to approach poetry performances with the goal of embodying the unique voice each particular poem needs; encouraging the reader to “take a leap” into the poem itself. Through educational exercises, demonstrated by poet Wayne Mennecke, participants come away with a new understanding of exercises that honor the integrity of the poem they are reading. Exercises review reading poetry on Zoom, breathing patterns, reading speed, and finding the poem’s own spirit and breath. This program is extremely valuable to both seasoned and new poets, as well as any individual that wants to grow their public-speaking skills.

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Start Time: 6:30 am EST

Jayne’s Hill Hike & Walt Whitman West Hills/Huntington Long Island History with Andrew Rimby

Jayne’s Hill Hike with Andrew Rimby: a guided hike to the highest point on Long Island to see the hike Walt Whitman took when visiting his childhood home in Long Island, New York.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/Cdn7g_NjetI

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to present a guided hike with Andrew Rimby on Jayne’s Hill; the highest point on Long Island. (See below for links mentioned in this video) July 4th, Independence Day, is the anniversary of when Whitman self-published his first edition of “Leaves of Grass”; our event takes place the day afterward when Whitman would be excitedly promoting his monumental new book.

Sea-beauty! stretch’d and basking!” are the opening lines of Walt Whitman’s “Paumanok,” a poem that explores Long Island’s natural beauty, especially the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Whitman’s fascination with the natural water that surrounds Long Island comes from his knowledge of Jayne’s Hill, the highest point on Long Island. Whitman returned to Jayne’s Hill at least twice after moving from West Hills in 1823 with his family. He enjoyed the view that captured the woods, fields, and beaches of Long Island. He was known for venturing out from dawn to dusk taking in Long Island’s scenery with some food, water, and a good book in his hand. What better way to capture Whitman’s spirit than walking the same trail that he would have taken to get up to Jayne’s Hill and take in a few poems about Paumanok (how Whitman referred to Long Island).

Date: Sunday, July 5, 2020
Start Time: 1:00 pm EST

Walking With Whitman: Octavio Quintanilla, Wayne Mennecke, Rorie Kelly Live Poetry Music Performance

Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance Featuring Octavio Quintanilla and Wayne Mennecke! With Musical Performance by Rorie Kelly!

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/ji9AzwudV4k

Season 10 of Walking With Whitman! (see links for performers and WWBA below). Join 2018-2020 Poet Laureate of San Antonio, TX Octavio Quintanilla, 2017 recipient of the New York State Senator Phil Boyle “Teacher of Excellence Award” Wayne Mennecke, & the incredible “ladybeast” singer-songwriter Rorie Kelly.

Date: Friday, July 3, 2020
Start Time: 7:00 pm EST

Virtual Open Mic: LGBTQ+, Claws, Cheeseburgers & Kimchi, & So Much Live Poetry & Music Joy!

Virtual Open Mic Night featuring: Mary Makofske, Maggie Bloomfield, Bill Ratner, Emily-Sue Sloane, and J R Turek.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/AVTFgoz73Gs

Date: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Start Time: 6:30 pm EST

Whitman Anthology Invitation & Japanese Traditional Poetry with James P. Wagner (Ishwa)

James P. Wagner (Ishwa) was recently named the United States Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2021. He is also the president of Long Island’s Bards Initiative, founder and operator of Bards Against Hunger and publisher for Local Gems Press.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/HGPJdhbryUs

Traditional Japanese Poetry (Waka) has a rich history of collaborative poetry. When more than one poet comes together it offers a level of creativity that can rarely be achieved individually. James P. Wagner (Ishwa) offers a presentation on some various forms and history of collaborative poetry–such as the Mondo and the Renga, as well as some examples of more contemporary practices. He will give examples from recent collections he has published on the topic, and also present a call for submissions for a new anthology of collaborative poetry with a Walt Whitman theme.

James P. Wagner (Ishwa) was recently named the United States Beat Poet Laureate 2020-2021. He is also the president of Long Island’s Bards Initiative, founder and operator of Bards Against Hunger and publisher for Local Gems Press. A best-selling author and editor, James has edited over 70 poetry anthologies and was co-author of the best-selling “Japanese Poetry Forms.” He hosts book launches and poetry readings up and down the East Coast and is a frequent lecturer at libraries and colleges. His most recent collections of poetry are Everyday Alchemy and A Pathway To Dreams.

Date: Monday, June 29, 2020
Start Time: 6:30 pm EST

Ekphrastic Workshop: Poetry About Visual Art with WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau

WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau provides insight into Ekphrastic Poetry: poems about visual art. She pairs poems with paintings by Gustav Klimt, Pieter Breughel, and Wassily Kandinsky.

Event Video Link:  https://youtu.be/3PpJ9GrCPeE

The workshop provides insight into Ekphrastic Poetry: poems about visual art. (Please see links mentioned in video below). Rau pairs poems with paintings by Gustav Klimt, Pieter Breughel, and Wassily Kandinsky.

Christina M. Rau is the author of the Elgin Award winning sci-fi fem poetry collection Liberating The Astronauts (Aqueduct Press, 2017), the chapbooks WakeBreatheMove (Finishing Line Press, 2015) and For The Girls, I (dancing girl press, 2014). She is Oceanside Library (NY) ‘s Poet-in-Residence for 2020, and she is the founder of Poets In Nassau, a reading circuit on Long Island, NY. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Nassau Community College where she also serves as Editor-in-Chief for The Nassau Review. Her poetry has appeared on gallery walls in The Ekphrastic Poster Show, on car magnets for The Living Poetry Project, and in various journals both online and in print while her prose frequently appears on Book Riot. She also has conducted poetry readings and workshops nationwide. In her non-writing life, when she’s not teaching yoga, she’s watching the Game Show Network. http://www.christinamrau.com

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Start Time: 6:30 pm EST