Zoom Live Events // Upcoming & Past

Topic: Poetry Reading with Bri Onishea
Time: Thursday, September 24, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present Bri Onishea. Bri opens her thoughts, emotions, and memories to the audience in such a way that she opens the audience at the same time. Bri’s words are a journey through self-discovery, a triumph against fear, and a declaration of survival. Join us for an illuminating reading! Join us for this exciting event!

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$5 suggested donation
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/

Bri Onishea is a collection of mismatched socks. A social worker by day, and a poet by night, Bri has performed her work throughout Long Island and parts of New York City since 2014. She has been published in Suffolk County Poetry Review, Xanadu Poetry, Cagibi Literary Journal, Great Weather for Media: Before Passing, and I Want You To See This Before I Leave. She spends her free time staring lovingly at her collection of books, and enjoys cemeteries far more than any reasonable person should. Bri’s poetry not only locates the amorphous veil between our conscious thought and our well of emotion, it dances freely there as if it had always belonged. She can be found on Cuckoo Clock Heart on Facebook, or @briniroselove on Instagram.

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Topic: An Evening of Poetry Set to Modern Classical Music 
Time: Friday, October 2, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present An Evening of Poetry Set to Modern Classical Music with Leonard Lehrman, Helene Spierman, and Michael Niemann. Join us for this exciting event!

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$5 suggested donation
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) presents the 10th season of Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, 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.

Leonard Lehrman is an American composer who was born in Kansas in 1949, and grew up in Roslyn, NY. Since  1999, he has resided in Valley Stream, and he is considered the most prolific composer living on Long Island today. A student of Elie Siegmeister, Nadia Boulanger, The Guarneri Quartet, Karel Husa and others, he has composed hundreds of works, including 12 operas and 7 musicals, and has set the works of many poets to music, from the world’s great writers (Brecht, Heine, Brel, Bressen, Euripides, Yevtushenko, Lorca, Mayakovsky, Akhmatova, Khelbnikov, Pushkin), Great American writers (Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, ee cummings) and additionally has put the words of a wide range of Long Island poets to music, authored Marc Blitzstein: A Bio-Bibliography, and co-authored Elie Siegmeister, American Composer: A Bio-Bibliography.

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Topic: Poetry Reading with Bill Ratner
Time: Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present a live virtual Poetry Reading with Poet & Voice Actor Bill Ratner. Bill Ratner’s poetry is a mixture of narrative and memory-driven work with a smidgen of humor, irony, occasional politics, and a good portion of elegy. With a background as a personal essayist and a long history with The Moth Storytelling, Bill’s poetry is often story-driven, but he believes that a poem must be more than just a simple tale; thus lyricism and the sound and tone of the live reading itself are key to his interests as a poet. Bill is the voice of “Flint” in the G.I. Joe TV cartoon and “Donnell Udina” in Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3. Join us for this exciting event!

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$5 suggested donation
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/

Bill Ratner is a Poets & Writers Readings & Workshops Grant recipient. His poems, essays, and stories are published in The Chiron Review, The Baltimore Review, Rattle Magazine’s Rattlecast, Pleiades, KYSO Flash, South Florida Poetry Journal, Nixes Mate, Willawaw Journal, Missouri Review Audio, and other journals. His poetry chapbook is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press in 2021. His performances are featured on National Public Radio’s Good Food, The Business, and KCRW’s Strangers, and he is a 9-time winner of The Moth Story Slams. Bill works as a voice actor. http://billratner.com/author • @billratner

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Topic: “The Traveling Bachelor in Huntington Village: A Whitman Walking Tour” with PhD Candidate Andrew Rimby
Time: October 11, 2020 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present “The Traveling Bachelor in Huntington Village: A Whitman Walking Tour” with Andrew Rimby, a PhD Candidate focusing his dissertation on Walt Whitman life and literary legacy.  You may remember Andrew Rimby as our hike leader, heading up to the top of Jayne’s Hill:[ https://youtu.be/Cdn7g_NjetI ] This will be an exciting live virtual Zoom tour of Huntington Village, located in Long Island, NY.

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$5 suggested donation
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/

While working as a journalist, in 1849, in Brooklyn, Whitman makes a journey to visit his relatives in the Huntington area. He provides a personal account of his journey both on foot and on the recently built Long Island Railroad in his “Letters from a Travelling Bachelor.” He begins his journey in Huntington Village where he had created The Long-Islander (now known as Long Islander News). Whitman called Huntington “one of the prettiest villages of the island,” and in the case of life imitating art, I’ll be taking you on a historic trip through Huntington Village. I’ll discuss which structures Whitman would have seen when working at The LongIslander and a few sites that Whitman would surely approve of.

Andrew Rimby is a Ph.D. Candidate in the English department at SBU. His dissertation, “The Pool of Narcissus: Transatlantic Homoerotic Attachments (1837-1901), argues that Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, and other 19th-century writers use ancient Greek allusions to express male homoerotic desire before the term “homosexuality” is invented. He is a 2019 Guiliano Global Fellow, a 2019-2020 Public Humanities Fellow, and a 2019 Stony Brook Graduate Fellow in the Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences.

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Topic: “Starry Night” Painting & History Night
Time: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to offer a night of fun and painting! Join us virtually from the comfort of your home while an art and history teacher gives step by step painting instructions and a historical narrative about Walt Whitman’s poetic inspiration for Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” No painting experience necessary. It will be a relaxing event for everyone with a creative spirit! Feel free to keep your camera on for interaction with the instructor, or keep your camera off if you are shy about sharing your painting. Stock up on your favorite drinks and snacks to enjoy while you create your own masterpiece and learn some little-known history!

One $12 ticket allows one individual to attend “Starry Night Painting & History Night” on October 17th, 2020 at 6:30PM EST.

Art supplies are not included, recommended materials below but feel free to be creative with supplies as well. Suggested supplies could range from paint to markers. Heavy weight white paper or recycled cardboard are excellent to paint on.

We do not have any affiliation with Michael’s and are not promoting their products. However, we are supplying the following links as an idea of the materials to have on hand. You may acquire these products anywhere.

A paint set like this, that includes black, is recommended. https://www.michaels.com/default/10209995.html

Brushes like these are recommended: https://www.michaels.com/triangle-paint-brushes-by-creatology/10347498.html

Purchase Painting & History Night Tickethttps://www.waltwhitman.org/product/starry-night-virtual-painting-history-night/

No refunds will be given after October 17th.

**A Zoom Link will be Emailed to you after Purchase**


Topic: “American Masters & Their Influences: European Literary Realism”— A Discussion Series Led by WWBA Writer in Residence George Wallace
Time: Saturdays, 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST: October 17th – November 21

WWBA is delighted to present “American Masters & Their Influences: European Literary Realism”— A Discussion Series. Over six weeks, we will read short stories and view films of works by major European authors and how they influenced the works of early 20th century American authors. Participants will receive free links to readings and YouTube videos to review before each week’s meeting. There will also be suggested movies that can be rented online. WWBA Writer in Residence George Wallace will lead this 6-part series.

Saturdays, 1:00PM – 2:30PM EST: October 17th – November 21

Purchase $10 ticket that covers all meetings in this 6-part series: https://www.waltwhitman.org/product/american-masters-their-influences-european-literary-realism-a-discussion-series/

WEEK 1:
Chekhov: The Princess, The Joke
Mansfield: The Garden Party
Kate Chopin: Story of an Hour

WEEK 2:
Mansfield: Tiredness of Rosabel
James Joyce: Araby
Maupassant: Boule de Suif, The Necklace
Flaubert: A Simple Soul

WEEK 3:
Wilde: Importance of being Earnest
Shaw: Pygmalion

WEEK 4:
Tennessee Williams: Glass Menagerie, Streetcar Named Desire

WEEK 5:
Hemingway: Hills like White Elephants, A Cat in the Rain
Miller: A View From The Bridge

WEEK 6
Hellman: Little Foxes


Topic: Poetry Open Mic
Time: Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present Poetry Open Mic! Six Featured Poets will present their poetry and the audience will be invited to share as well(as much as time permits)! Join us for a night of poetry, music, and fun!

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$5 suggested donation
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/

Please email WWBA Events and Media Director Caitlyn Shea with the subject “Open Mic” if you are interested in reading for a future Open Mic: Events@waltwhitman.org

Please Pre-Register for this event. 🦋⚡️☕️📗We are so excited to have you all join us! We will not share your email address with any other organization; it will only be used to send you the event link. Thank you for your multitudes of support!

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Topic: Poetic Yoga and Meditation with WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau
Time: Sundays, November 1st – November 22nd, 2020 at 6:30PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present Poetic Yoga and Meditation with WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau. On a chair or on a mat in the comfort of your own home, you can join in for a session of meditation, yoga, and a little bit of poetry listening. Breathe and move to settle your thoughts and find some moments of calm and peace. Open to all levels, including first-timers. Join us for this four-session series.

Sundays, November 1st – November 22nd, 2020 at 6:30PM EST
One $30 ticket entitles you to attend all 4 sessions on Zoom.
No refunds will be given after November 1st.

Christina M. Rau is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Instructor, a Level 1 Reiki Practitioner, and an award-winning poet who currently serves as Oceanside Library’s Poet in Residence and was named WWBA’s Long Island Poet of the Year. She has practiced yoga since her teen years and has taught in yoga studios and in private sessions for over a decade. When she’s not writing or teaching yoga, she’s usually watching the Game Show Network. Find her books and links on her website: www.christinamrau.com 

Purchase Virtual Poetic Yoga and Meditation Ticket: https://www.waltwhitman.org/product/poetic-meditation-yoga-series-with-christina-m-rau/

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Topic: Spoken Word Reading and CD Launch
Time: Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present Spoken Word Reading and CD Launch with Mary C. M. Philips. Join us for this exciting event!

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$5 suggested donation
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/

Mary C. M. Phillips is a caffeinated wife, mother, writer and musician.  Her work has appeared in numerous bestselling inspirational anthologies. Her poetry has been published in Bards Annual 2019, Bards Annual 2020 (Bards Initiative), 2020 Beat Gen, The Mondo, Nassau County Voices in Verse, and CHAOS Poetry Vortex (Local Gems Press).  As a musician she has recorded and/or toured with artists such as Matthew Sweet, Don Dixon, Marti Jones, writer and comedian, Rob Bartlett, and satirist, Barry Mitchell.  Mary blogs at CaffeineEpiphanies.com.

Music of the Forest is a metaphysical romance.  An escape. A journey from subway-to-forest floor via seventeen offerings of poetry and music. Listening to poetry is a bit like stepping into a forest.  We enter an environment in which our hearts may be stirred by a smattering of enlightened words – as if we’ve found a place in which we feel we belong. Poetry is the language of love, the sword of the psalms, the blade that cuts through the noise so that LIGHT can enter in…and somehow be understood.

Please Pre-Register for this event. 🦋⚡️☕️📗We are so excited to have you all join us! We will not share your email address with any other organization; it will only be used to send you the event link. Thank you for your multitudes of support!

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Topic: Walking With Whitman: Edgar Carlson and Open Mic
Time: Friday, December 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

WWBA is delighted to present Walking With Whitman: A Virtual Poetry Reading with Poet Edgar Carlson and Open Mic. This is the 10th season of Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, 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. Join us for this exciting event!

Audience members are welcome to share one short poem during the program (as time allows). Please email WWBA Events and Media Director Caitlyn Shea with the subject “Open Mic” if you are interested in reading for this or a future Open Mic: Events@waltwhitman.org

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$5 suggested donation
WWBA staff is currently displaced from our office and closed for public tours of Walt Whitman’s childhood home. Your online contributions have never been more vital to sustaining our efforts. We can keep our weekly online programs and community engagement going only with the support of individuals like you. Contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated! To donate please visit: https://www.waltwhitman.org/join-donate/donate/

Edgar Carlson is a landscape-gardener, poet, taxi driver and grandfather. A resident of Farmingdale, he studied creative writing at Adelphi University’s Graduate Fine Arts program, and has served on the Nassau County Poet Laureate committee.

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LINKS TO PAST ZOOM EVENTS:
“A Queer Meeting: Wilde And Whitman In Camden, NJ” a discussion with Andrew Rimby, a Ph.D. candidate focusing his dissertation on Walt Whitman. Video coming soon!
A poetry reading with Cathryn Shea reading from Genealogy Lesson for the Laity. Video coming soon!
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. Video coming soon!
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. Video coming soon!
Russ Green Poet
A reading with Long Island poet and stellar friend to the arts Russ Green. 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!
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 presents provide 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

Zoom Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Terri Muuss.
Zoom Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Terri Muuss.

Zoom 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 on Zoom. Click Here To Watch.