WWBA is delighted to present a featured reading with George Wallace, Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, first poet laureate of Suffolk County NY, former laureate of the International Beat Poetry Festival, and author of 31 chapbooks of poetry. Join us for this intriguing event on Zoom!
Thursday, August 13, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)[Events require pre-registration. See below for the link.]
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George Wallace is Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, first poet laureate of Suffolk County NY, former laureate of the International Beat Poetry Festival and author of 31 chapbooks of poetry.
Guggenheim Fellow Naomi Shihab Nye commented of Wallace, “This is what it would be like to hear Walt Whitman.”
Grace Cavalieri of the Library of Congress describes Wallace’s poetry as “Combin[ing] the energy of the Beat generation, the force of the Dadaists and the rhythm of the Griots. George beguiles us with his mind that has escaped all prisons.”
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More about George Wallace:
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.
He has taught writing workshops widely in the US and in Europe, including west coast weekend retreats at Paso Robles and Willow Creek; workshops in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Florida, and the New York metropolitan area; Cornwall, Cumbria, East Anglia, and at Maddy Prior’s Stone Barn in Bewcastle; and at a week long workshop on the island of Skiathos, Greece.
Wallace has performed at the Ledbury Festival, Woody Guthrie Festival, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac, and Lyric Recovery at Carnegie Hall. He has collaborated with French Playwrights at the Avignon Festival, and appeared on stage with numerous figures in popular music. As visiting writer at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, he recently researched major themes in classic literature and their application to contemporary poetics.
His lecture and reading schedule has brought him to many UK and US locations, including: the Dylan Thomas Centre, Robert Burns Centre, Brantwood and Swarthmoor Hall, the Pollock-Krasner House, Gordon Parks Museum, Detroit Labor Conference, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, John Steinbeck Center, and the William Carlos Williams Library.
His publications include Smashing Rock And Straight As Razors (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) and Swimming Through Water (La Finestra Editrice).
As WWBA Writer in Residence, Wallace founded the Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance series, which has grown to become WWBA’s Signature Poetry Performance Series. The series features performances and presentations by the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature and the arts on the national scene, paired with respected voices on the regional scene.
An avid Whitman enthusiast, Wallace 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.