Signature Series “Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman”
Live Poetry Readings & Music On Zoom
Friday, October 1st, 2021 – 7:00-9:00PM EST
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) continues to present the 10th season of Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman on Friday, October 1st, with Worcestershire, UK based Poet Gregory Leadbetter, Long Island based Poet Tom Stock, and Long Island based Singer/Songwriter Josie Bello live on Zoom.
Hosted by Writer-in-Residence George Wallace, the signature series continues to bring the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets on the Walt Whitman Stage.
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Gregory Leadbetter is an England-based poet and critic. He is the author of two poetry collections, Maskwork (2020) and The Fetch (2016), both with Nine Arches Press, as well as the pamphlet The Body in the Well (HappenStance Press, 2007), and (with photographs by Phil Thomson) Balanuve (Broken Sleep, 2021). He has written both poetry and radio drama for the BBC, and in 2019 five poems from The Fetch were set to music for piano and voice by the American composer and pianist Eric McElroy. His book Coleridge and the Daemonic Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) won the University English Book Prize 2012, and he publishes widely on Romantic poetry and thought, twentieth-century and contemporary poetry. He is lives in Worcestershire, UK and is a Professor of Poetry at Birmingham City University.
Tom Stock has been involved in the Long Island environmental and outdoor education community for decades. To list a few: retired science teacher; explored hundreds of outdoor areas; worked as a ranger at Fire Island National Seashore; helped to establish the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference; directed the Cold Spring Harbor Nature Study Summer Program; won the literary award from the New York State Outdoor Education Association; as well as a host of various events. He has published two books; The Nissquogue River: A Journey and Hidden Agenda; A Poetry Journey. He has also published many essays and poems in such journals as the Long Island Forum; The Long Islander; as well as various anthologies, and newsletters.