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Walking With Whitman October 1st with Gregory Leadbetter, Tom Stock, and Rorie Kelly

Walking With Whitman October 1st with Gregory Leadbetter, Tom Stock, and Rorie Kelly

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 ForumThe Long Islander; as well as various anthologies, and newsletters.

Rorie Kelly makes ladybeast music. Her life’s mission is to create music that inspires others to love themselves fiercely and become their own heroes. Rorie’s empowerment anthem “If You Teach a Bird to Sing” led her to perform at the Obama White House and earned her a top 10 staff pick from WFUV’s John Platt. Rorie performs weekly on her livestream Monday Night Muses, and you can tune in every Monday night from 7pm-9pm ET on her Facebook, Youtube, or Twitch page. Her new album Shadow Work is a big, dark, witchy album about healing wounds and shining a light in the darkness. It can be found on all streaming platforms or purchased on her website –
Each program begins on a Friday at 7 p.m., and features performances by an international poet, a local poet, and a musician. After the poetry readings, the featured poets offer a Q&A. Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman is hosted by WWBA Writer-in-Residence George Wallace and is sponsored by Poets & Writers.