Student/Senior One-Day WWIF 2019


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This ticket serves as your registration to ONE day of the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) to be held August 9-11, 2019. If you are NOT a student or senior, click here for the regular rate.

The price is $20/day. You may buy multiple tickets, or buy a ticket for the whole weekend here

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) invites you to attend the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) to be held August 9-11, 2019 at Walt’s Birthplace on Long Island, NY, in celebration of Whitman’s Bicentennial birthday. Join this historic celebration.

Walt was born here in 1819 in a home built by his father. In Walt’s poem, “There Was a Child Went Forth,” he commemorates his Birthplace environs that “became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.”

Walk in Walt’s footsteps and join the International Festival in a way that suits you best: as a presenter, as an attendee, as a friend of Whitman. There will be academic presentations, musical interludes, theatrical events, a high school student program, poetry readings and marathon readings of “Leaves of Grass.”

Presenters will cover a wide range of topics on Walt Whitman. We hope you will take this opportunity to meet an international crowd, present your ideas, learn from accomplished scholars and poets, network with a broad Whitman audience and enjoy the festivities.

Featured Speaker

Ed Folsom, PhD, The Roy J. Carver Professor of English, University of Iowa. Professor Folsom is the author and editor of numerous Whitman books, including Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song and Walt Whitman’s Native Representations (both Choice “Outstanding Academic Books”). He has been the keynote speaker at four international Whitman conferences, co-directs the online Walt Whitman Archive, edits the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and edits the University of Iowa Press Whitman Series.