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Upcoming & Past Events

Upcoming & Past Events

 

Announcing Hua Xi as “Poets To Come” Scholar

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Award Ceremony Virtual Zoom Event:  7PM – 8PM EST 

The Gwenn A. Nusbaum / WWBA Poets To Come Scholarship Committee has selected Hua Xi (they/she) as the 2022 Scholarship recipient.  During the scholarship year, Hua plans to publish a first chapbook of poetry and finish a first poetry book manuscript.  Hua is interested in the mind and its internal languages, and writes about ways “we internally process the pain of the world.  The interior world can be as vast as the actual one, a place where things happen both forwards and backwards, simultaneously and years apart, where everything is true but nothing is real.”

This event has a $5 suggested donation:  https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

ZOOM Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrduCvrDwpEtJMUAsWLBtiRa3Civ42L1fv

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Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon & Long Island History

Sunday, June 12, 2022

Discussion and Q&A: 1:30PM – 3:30PM EST

WWBA collaborates with community members to interpret Jupiter Hammon’s poetry in historical contexts. Hammon (1711-ca. 1806) is known as a founder of African-American literature. Born into slavery, Hammon published his first poem, “An Evening Thought. Salvation by Christ with Penitential Cries,” at 50 years of age. He gained wide circulation and used his Christian biblical foundation to criticize the institution of slavery. Robert Hughes, Huntington Town Historian, discusses his book “Slavery in Huntington and its Abolition.”  Lauren Brincat, Curator of Preservation Long Island (PLI), discusses their major initiative to interpret Hammon’s life while enslaved at the Joseph Lloyd Manor house in Lloyd Harbor. Poet David Mills discusses Jupiter Hammon, the man and the poet, and reads his own poetry.

Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

This event has a $5 suggested donation:  https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

In-Person Registration link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1J6w2GUSgk5IUHFl1SAG_Md-I6nOc7bYHrHWfJLb1YYY/edit

ZOOM Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkduiprDkvGtycwZqfZ30O7zo-yLIibPAX

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2022 Poet In Residence Natasha Trethewey: Discussion and Poetry Reading
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Discussion and Q&A: 3:30 – 5:00 PM EST
Poetry Reading: 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST
WWBA is delighted to share the distinguished voice of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Natasha Trethewey. She was appointed United Stated Poet Laureate in 2012 and 2013.In her second term as United States Poet Laureate, Trethewey’s signature project was a PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, “Where Poetry Lives.” In this series, Trethewey traveled with Senior Correspondent Jeffrey Brown to cities across the United States in order to explore societal issues such as Alzheimer’s, domestic abuse, the civil rights movement, and incarcerated teenagers—all through the prism of poetry, literature, and Trethewey’s own personal experiences.

$10 Registration for Moderated Discussion, which includes admission to the Evening Poetry Reading: https://forms.gle/XNJKpxa3mucovwDq6

$10 Registration for Evening Poetry Reading: https://forms.gle/8uH723qJivoojiXz8

For more about this event and poet, please click here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/poets-poetry/2022-poet-in-residence-natasha-trethewey/

This event is made possible with funds from the Restart NY 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 administered by Huntington Arts Council.


2022 Student Poetry Awards
Sunday, May 15, 2022
12:00 – 2:00 PM 

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to announce our 36th annual Student Poetry Contest. 2022 Poet-In-Residence Natasha Trethewey will officiate the afternoon. For more information, please click here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/events/intersections-african-american-voices-of-democracy-series/


Intersections of the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes
Sunday, May 22, 2022
1:30-3:30 PM EST online and in-person

As part of our Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy Series, WWBA welcomes creative scholars to discuss the poetry, life, and legacy of Langston Hughes and connections to poetry by Walt Whitman. Presenters include educator, dancer, and singer Peter Brooks and educator and author Ivy Wilson.

This event has a $5 suggested donation:
https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

Registration link on the way

Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

For more information about this event, please click here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/intersections-of-the-harlem-renaissance-and-langston-hughes/


Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon and Long Island History
Sunday, June 12, 2022
1:30-3:30 PM

As part of our Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy Series, WWBA collaborates with Preservation Long Island who launched a major initiative to interpret poet Jupiter’s Hammon’s life a the Joseph Manor Home. Speakers include Preservation Long Island curator Lauren Brincat, Huntington Town Historian and author of Slavery in Huntington and Its Abolition Robert Hughes, and poet David Mills.

This event has a $5 suggested donation:
https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

Registration link on the way

Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

For more details about this event, please click here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/intersection-of-jupiter-hammon-and-long-island-history/


Intersection of Community and Literary Voices
Sunday, October 16, 2022
1:30-3:30 PM 

As part of our Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy Series, WWBA reprises the successful Favorite Poem Projects created by US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Community members of all ages 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. Bronx Beat Poet 2020-2 Lorraine Currelley emcees the afternoon.

This event has a $5 suggested donation:
https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

Registration link on the way

Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

For more information about this event, please click  here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/intersection-of-community-and-literary-voices/


Intersection of Contemporary African American Poetry and Hip Hop
Sunday, November 6, 2022

1:30-3:30 PM

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.

This event has a $5 suggested donation:
https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/2197152

Registration link on the way

Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

For more information about this event, please click here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/intersection-of-contemporary-african-american-poetry-and-hip-hop/


Please take a moment to consider what you can give to help us sustain the important work we do for literacy, education, history, the performing arts, writers, scholars, and researchers. Please visit our donation page to make a donation in  any amount and join us for the fun and engaging programs below. Your support means multitudes to us!! To Donate Click Here

 
 
 
 

 PAST  EVENTS:
WWBA’s Long Island Poet of the Year celebration and reading for Matt Pasca. Video coming soon.
Another installment of Walking With Whitman featured Martin Espada, Denis Gray, and Josie Bello.
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. AntonioWatch it here!
Book Talk with Maire Mullins about Hannah Whitman Heyde: The Complete Correspondence. Watch it here!

Student composers from Adelphi visited the Birthplace to “Meet” Whitman. Watch here!

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

Walking With Whitman featuring Vicki Iorio, Denise Duhamel, and Josie BelloWatch Here!

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

Walking With Whitman featuring Barbara Ann Branca and Bryan Gallo, part of WWBA’s poetry in performance signature series. Watch it here.
A self-care event with WWBA 2020 LI Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau featuring poetry, meditation, and yoga.
A six-part discussion series with WWBA Writer in Residence George Wallace about Borderlands/La Frontera.
History and literary walking tour with Andrew Rimby through Stony Brook Village: Imagining Whitman.
Discuss about The Divine Comedy with Cliff Bleidner, WWBA’s 2021 LI Poet of the Year.
 
Poetry writing workshop with Maria Lisella, Academy of American Poets Fellow and Queens Poet Laureate.
Walking With Whitman featuring Gregory Leadbetter, Tom Stock, and Rorie Kelly in another installment of our signature series.
WWBA at Arts on Terry was a wonderful experience! Click here to see erasure poems by some of the talented people we met.
Virtual “meet the artists” reception for YAWP, WWBA’s group art exhibition on view in person through January 7, 2022.
A Virtual In-Depth Look At Form Poetry with Cliff Bleidner, WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year.
 
Haiku: An In-Depth Look at Forms with Cliff Bleidner, WWBA’s 2021 LI Poet of the Year.
 
Virtual Children’s Masterpiece Painting Event: Children learn about Vincent van Gogh & Walt Whitman and create their own artwork.
 

Art and Poetry Virtual Workshop: Exploring the Relationship between Images & Words with Karen De Mauro and Caitlyn Shea. Watch it here!

“To Bryant, The Poet Of Nature”: A Virtual Walking Tour with Andrew Rimby about Walt Whitman and William Cullen Bryant’s Transcendental Relationship. Watch it here!
 
A master class and workshop with Forrest Gander, WWBA 2021 Poet-in-Residence. Watch it here! This event was made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the governor’s office and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.
Celebrating Richard Bronson, MD, Suffolk County’s 2021-2023 Poet Laureate with music by Linda Sussman and a poetry reading. Watch it here!
Every Hour, Every Atom, a Pride Month discussion about Whitman’s notebooks. Watch it here!
 

Walt Whitman’s 202nd Birthday Celebration. Watch it here!

SALathon celebrating the World’s Greatest Celebrity Museums, a 24 live virtual tour including Walt Whitman Birthplace, hosted by The Phil Silvers Archival Museum  and St. George Living History Productions.
Walking With Whitman featuring poets Rommi Smith and Deborah Hauser with musician Rori Kelly to continue our 11th year in this signature series. Click here to watch!
 
I Love My Park Day 2021, a statewide endeavor with Parks & Trails New York to clean up and take care of our parks.
Poetry reading and music with John L. Wright, MD and Linda Sussman. Click here to Watch it!
 
Pioneers of Poetry and Paint: Virtual tours of Walt Whitman Birthplace House and the Pollock-Krasner studio with a poetry workshop. Click here to watch!
 
Poetry reading and awards ceremony for 2021 Long Island Poet of the Year Cliff Bleidner. Click here to watch!
Poetry reading to celebrate the release of Corona: An Anthology of Poems edited by Gayl Teller, the Nassau County Poet Laureate for 2009-11 and the 2016 Walt Whitman Birthplace Poet of the Year. Click here to watch!
 
The reading and discussion series The Fire THIS Time, led by Indran Amirthanayagam, about race in America through the perspective of James Baldwin’s essays. Sponsored by Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES act.  Books may be purchased on our website with a 20% discount here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/product/james-baldwin-collected-essays/
 
O Captain! My Captain! A discussion led by Dr. David S. Reynoldsand Dr. Barbara Bair about Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman. Click here to watch!
Walking With Whitman Poetry in Performance series featuring Afric McGlinchey and Richard Bronson with music by Josie Bello. Click here to watch!

Walking With Whitman Poetry in Performance series featuring Larry Beckettand Ed Luhrs with music by Bryan Gallo. Now in its 11th season! Click here to watch.

Memoir writing class with Barbara Field: Writing Life Stories.

Book Release: Professor Kenneth M. Price, PhD presents Whitman in Washington: Becoming the National Poet in the Federal City. Click here to watch!

Library of Congress curator Barbara Bair presents: “‘For you whoever you are’: Transcribing Whitman Manuscripts Online By Democratic Crowdsourcing.” Click here to watch!
 
Walking With Whitman featuring Edgar Carlson. Click here to watch!
 
Spoken word and CD launch with Mary C. M. Phillips and friends. Click here to watch!
 

Virtual poetry and music open mic: Diverse voices from Vermont, Canada, the UK, and New York. Click here to watch.

A premiere of the short film Walt Whitman Facing West and a Q&A with filmmaker H. Paul Moon and Whitman impersonator Darrel Blaine Ford.
Video of Walt Whitman Facing West is here.
Video of the Q&A is here.
American Masters & Their Influences: European Literary Realism, a discussion series with WWBA Writer-in-Residence George Wallace.
Virtual Starry Night Painting and History Evening to workshop some painting and learn some history.
Andrew Rimby presents “The Traveling Bachelor in Huntington Village: A Whitman Walking Tour.” Click here to watch!
Poetry Reading with Poet & Voice Actor Bill Ratner. Click here to watch!
 
An Evening of Poetry Set to Modern Classical Music with Leonard Lehrman, Helene Williams, and Michael Niemann. This event was part of our Walking With Whitman Series. Click here to watch!
 
Poetry reading with Bri Onishea, social worker and friend to the arts. Click here to watch!
 
“A Queer Meeting: Wilde And Whitman In Camden, NJ” a discussion with Andrew Rimby, a Ph.D. candidate focusing his dissertation on Walt Whitman. Click here to watch!
 
A poetry reading with Cathryn Shea reading from Genealogy Lesson for the Laity. Click here to watch!
 
 
A reading with the Long Island Poetry Collective. This group features readings from a diverse group of poets sharing poems in their own unique styles with a variety of inspirations and influences. Click here to watch!
 
Yoga, meditation, and poetry with Christina M. Rau from the grounds of Walt Whitman Birthplace. Click here to watch!
 
Poetry reading with Maggie Bloomfield, author of the poetry books Trains of Thought (Local Gems Press) and Sleepless Nights (Finishing Line Press). Click here to watch!
 
Children’s Masterpiece Workshop: Learning about history and painting.
 
Poetry reading with George Wallace, Writer in Residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Click here to watch!
 
“Whitman, Race, & Racism”, a discussion with Distinguished Whitman Scholar and Professor Ed Folsom, Ph.D. Click here to watch!
 
Russ Green Poet
A reading with Long Island poet and stellar friend to the arts Russ GreenClick here to watch!
 
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. Click Here To Watch!
 
Jack Coulehan, MD discusses The Talking Cure, his latest book publication. Click to watch here!
 
Karen De Mauro’s workshop on Performing Poetry: teaching approaches to performing poetry to embodying the unique voice of each particular poem.
 
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. Click here to watch!
 
Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance Featuring Octavio Quintanilla and Wayne Mennecke! With Musical Performance by Rorie Kelly! Click here to watch!
 
Virtual Open Mic Night. Featuring: Mary Makofske, Maggie Bloomfield,
Bill Ratner, Emily-Sue Sloane, J R Turek Click here to Watch!
 
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. Click Here to Watch!
 
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. Click Here to Watch!
 
Virtual Open Mic Night: Featuring Mary C.M. Philips, Linda Trott Dickman, Thomas L. D’Angelo, and Maria Iliou. Click Here to Watch!
 
Walking With Whitman: Poetry in Performance Featuring Bertha Rogers and Evelyn Kandel! With Musical Performance by Bryan Gallo. Click Here to Watch!
WWBA Poet-in-Residence Zoom Evening Poetry will be available in clips soon! Check out links to our other past event videos below!
 
Watch this gifted family’s creative response to the quarantine: Click Here to Watch
 

Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Matt Pasca.
 
 Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Terri Muuss.
 

Poetry Workshop and Performance with Distinguished Poet Steven Licardi. Click Here to Watch.
 
Author Kristin McGlothlin discusses her book “Drawing with Whitman” and her inspiration to share Whitman, Cezanne, and other literary/artistic figures with a younger generation Click Here to Watch
 
Distinguished Poet Mary Healey Poetry Reading on Zoom.  Click here to watch.
 
 
 
WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau Ceremony and Poetry Reading. Click Here To Watch.