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Walking With Whitman – September 2nd with Bruce Johnson and Nicholas Samaras
Friday, September 2, 2022
7PM – 8:30PM
Friday September 2nd, Walking With Whitman will feature Nicholas Samaras, the author of “Hands of the Saddlemaker” (Yale University Press, 1992) and Bruce Johnsonauthor of “Borderlands and Dreams.”
The series was founded by WWBA Writer-in-Residence George Wallace in 2010. Walking with Whitman (WWW)spotlights distinguished poets from around the world and allows attendees a chance to interact with the poets in an intimate setting.
No registration is required, there is a $10 entry fee for this event that will be collected at the door.
Poetry Reading with Nancy Keating & Deborah Hauser, featuring open mic night
Wednesday, July 27, 2022
7PM – 8:30PM EST
Open Mic – Registration at the door, first come, first serve basis.
A fellow poet has written: “Nancy has worked tirelessly to promote poetry in Babylon Village. Her poetry reflects her life, her surroundings on Long Island and many life lessons as seen through the her eyes. Like Walt Whitman, Nancy’s poems are accessible to any listener.”
The Gwenn A. Nusbaum / WWBA Poets To Come Scholarship Committee has selected HuaXi (they/she) as the 2022 Scholarship recipient. Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) founded the Gwenn A. Nusbaum / WWBA “Poets To Come” Scholarship Award. This $1500 scholarship is offered in the spirit of Walt Whitman’s poem, “Poets to Come: POETS to come! / Not to-day is to justify me and answer what I am for,/ But you, a new brood…/Leaving it to you to prove and define it,/Expecting the main things from you.”
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.”
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.
Help the “Leaves of Grass” grow! Roll up your sleeves and participate in outdoor spring cleanup of the Walt Whitman Birthplace, as part of a statewide initiative to maintain parks. Walk-ins welcome. Rain date: May 21st. Bring your own gardening tools. Lunch, Birthplace tours, and free t-shirt provided.
Intersections of the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes Sunday, May 22, 2022 1:30-3:30 PM EST online
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.
Reasons & Seasons of Food 6 Week Reading and Discussion Series Exploring Serious and Fun Aspects of Food
Thursdays June 2 – July 7
1:30 P.M.. – 3:30 P.M EST
“Reasons & Seasons of Food” is a 6 week in-person discussion series designed to educate our participants through engaging discussions about the many aspects of food – spiritual, physical, emotional, political, and cultural. The Facilitator for this Series, Laurie Rozakis PhD, is a cook, teacher, mother, and consumer. She aims to explore both the serious and fun aspects of food for the healthy benefit of all participants. Over six weeks, participants will read literature that explores topics such as fad diets, food corporations’ relationship to politics, and food trends throughout history.
Week 1:The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.
Week 2: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle.
Week 3:The Road to Wellville by T. Coraghessan Boyle.
Week 4:Diet Cults: The Surprising Fallacy at the Core of Nutrition Fads and a Guide to Healthy Eating for the Rest of Us by Matt Fitzgerald.
Week 5:In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan.
Week 6: A cookbook of each participant’s choice. Participants share their favorite cookbooks and recipes. If Covid restrictions allow, we will end the program with a potluck meal.
African American Voices of Democracy Program Series
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.
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
2022 Poet In Residence Natasha Trethewey: Discussion and Poetry Reading Saturday, May 14, 2022
Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to announce our 36th annual Student Poetry Contest. 2022 Poet-In-Residence Natasha Trethewey will officiate the afternoon.
GRAND CHAMPIONS 2022
“The Joy Flower”
The Laurel Hill School
“Realization & Renewal”
Great Hollow Middle School
“Amongst the Fire”
W.T. Clarke Middle School
“Lessons in Farming”
Herricks High School
Saint Anne’s School
“A New Leaf”
Dogwood Elementary School
“A New Chapter”
Centre Avenue Elementary School
Mrs. C. Loiacono
“New Season, New Beginnings, New Hope”
HB Mattlin Middle School
“Poems of Renewal”
Hillside Grade School
“A Time for Renewal Vol. 3 gr 8 pd 6”
Mt. Sinai Middle School
Mr. Graham Otton
New Hyde Park High School
Dr. Deirdre Faughey
“Wonder Once Hiding Within”
Oyster Bay High School
Violet LeClaire, Emily Gorecki, Jordan Logue
Walt Whitman High School
Friday May 6th, Walking WIth Whitman will feature publisher Diane Frank of Blue Light Press and the new anthology NYC FROM THE INSIDE, featuring 179 poets and 360 pages of poetry. The anthology has been called a landmark collection for American poetry in the 21rst century, includes numerous winners of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Guggenheim Fellowship and other major awards, and was edited by Walt Whitman writer in residence George Wallace.
WWBA’s Long Island Poet of the Year celebration and reading for Matt Pasca.
Another installment of Walking With Whitman featured Martin Espada, Denis Gray, and Josie Bello.
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!
SALathon celebrating the World’s Greatest Celebrity Museums, a 24 live virtual tour including Walt Whitman Birthplace, hosted by ThePhil 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.
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!
“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!
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!
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!