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

When: February 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM EST

WWBA is delighted to welcome Professor & Co-Director of Walt Whitman Archive Kenneth M. Price, PhD, for a live Zoom discussion about his newly released book Whitman in Washington: Becoming the National Poet in the Federal City. Join us for an evening discussion exploring the evolution of Whitman’s writing while he worked as a government clerk and journalist, sat by the bedside of thousands of wounded soldiers, and observed the tumultuous effects of the Civil War while he lived in the nation’s capital.

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During Walt Whitman’s decade in Washington, DC, 1863–1873, he labored intensely, at times seeming to have three lives at once. He wrote the most distinguished journalism of his career; came into his own as a writer of letters; crafted memorable Civil War poetry, Drum-Taps and Sequel to Drum-Taps (1865) and later folded it into heavily revised and expanded versions of Leaves of Grass in 1867 and 1871; and produced his searching critique of American culture, Democratic Vistas. Whitman’s work through the first three editions of Leaves (1855, 1856, 1860-61) often receives the highest praise, yet his writing in the Washington years is exceptional, too, by any reckoning—and is all the more remarkable given that he also cared for thousands of wounded and sick soldiers in Washington hospitals, serving as an attentive visitor. In addition, he served as a government clerk in various positions, most notably in the attorney general’s office when much was accomplished on the road toward a multi-racial democracy including efforts to suppress the Ku Klux Klan, and much was also missed (both by the attorney general’s office and by Whitman) in the efforts to advance a more just and vibrant union. This book analyses Whitman’s integrated life, writings, and government work in his urban context to re-evaluate the writer and the nation’s capital in a time of transformation. Drawing on an expanded Whitman corpus (including nearly 3,000 Whitman documents Price recently identified in the National Archives), Whitman in Washington demonstrates that the power of Whitman’s Civil War and Reconstruction writing emerges, more fully than we could ever before have imagined, from his intimate knowledge of the capital city, its bureaucracies, and its tumultuous post-war history.


Kenneth Price received his B.A. from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and then earned both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He is the Hillegass University Professor of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Price is the author of over forty articles and author or editor of eleven books. His most recent book is co-edited with Ray Siemens, Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology (Modern Language Association, 2013). His other recent books include Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His Life and Work, co-authored with Folsom (Blackwell Publishing, 2005) and To Walt Whitman, America (University of North Carolina Press 2004), a main selection of The Readers Subscription, a national book club. Since 1995, Price has served as co-director of The Walt Whitman Archive an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman’s vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to scholars, students, and general readers. The Whitman Archive has been awarded federal grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the U.S. Department of Education, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. In 2005, the Whitman Archive received a “We the People” grant from the NEH to build a permanent endowment to support ongoing editorial work. In 2009, Price received a Digital Innovation Award from American Council of Learned Societies to advance work on editing Whitman’s Civil War writings.

An Evening With WWBA 2021 Poet In Residence Natasha Trethewey
When: Saturday, June, 12, 2020

WWBA is Delighted to Announce Our 2021 Poet in Residence: Natasha Trethewey
Join us virtually for two events: a live interview & free evening poetry reading.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Natasha Trethewey served two terms as the 19th Poet Laureate of the United States (2012-2014). Trethewey was the first Southerner to receive the honor since Robert Penn Warren, in 1986, and the first African-American since Rita Dove, in 1993.
Natasha Trethewey’s Interview will take place  from 6:30PM – 7:30PM EST. Selected questions will be chosen and read from the event chat.
Register Now – $15 Members/$20 Non-Members
Her FREE Evening Poetry Reading will be on the same day from 8:00PM – 8:45PM EST.



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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.
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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.
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Poetry Reading with Poet & Voice Actor Bill Ratner. Click here to watch!
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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!
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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,
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