Upcoming & Past Events

Literary Excursions
Monday, February 7, 2022 at 6 PM EST
On Monday, Feb. 7th at 6PM WWBA Board Trustee and 2021 – 2023 Suffolk County Poet Laureate Richard Bronson and Poet Kathaleen Donnelly will be featured in a live Zoom event hosted by Literary Excursions. Join the Zoom event with the link below to hear the poets read and congratulate Dr. Bronson on his new book release!
The Literary Excursions was founded in 2017 by Carmen Bugan to bring together the local writers at the Setauket Neighborhood House, in Long Island, NY. Since the onset of the pandemic, the series has been moved on-line and became international in scope. Its two conveners, WWBA 2011 L I Poet of the Year Pramila Venkateswaran and Carmen Bugan, bring to Long Island a diverse and compelling array of voices. The readings are free and open to the public, and when time permits, members of the public are invited to share their poems at open mic.

2022 Student Poetry Contest
Deadline: March 18. 2022
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 15, 2022, from 12:00 noon – 2:00 PM at the Birthplace

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association is delighted to announce our 36th annual Student Poetry Contest. Please visit our contest page for instructions: https://www.waltwhitman.org/2022-student-poetry-contest/

Gwenn A. Nusbaum / Walt Whitman Birthplace Association “POETS TO COME” $1500 Scholarship
Deadline: April 4, 2022
Poets ages 25-35 years are invited to apply for this award. This award is intended to further a poet’s emerging writing career.
Submissions are open Jan. 1 – April 4, 2022. No fee.
For guidelines and to apply with Submittable: www.waltwhitman.org/PoetsToCome


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Walking With Whitman featuring Barbara Ann Branca and Bryan Gallo, part of WWBA’s poetry in performance signature series. Watch it here.
A self-care event with WWBA 2020 LI Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau featuring poetry, meditation, and yoga.
A six-part discussion series with WWBA Writer in Residence George Wallace about Borderlands/La Frontera.
History and literary walking tour with Andrew Rimby through Stony Brook Village: Imagining Whitman.
Discuss about The Divine Comedy with Cliff Bleidner, WWBA’s 2021 LI Poet of the Year.
Poetry writing workshop with Maria Lisella, Academy of American Poets Fellow and Queens Poet Laureate.
Walking With Whitman featuring Gregory Leadbetter, Tom Stock, and Rorie Kelly in another installment of our signature series.
WWBA at Arts on Terry was a wonderful experience! Click here to see erasure poems by some of the talented people we met.
Virtual “meet the artists” reception for YAWP, WWBA’s group art exhibition on view in person through January 7, 2022.
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!

Walt Whitman’s 202nd Birthday Celebration. Watch it here!

SALathon celebrating the World’s Greatest Celebrity Museums, a 24 live virtual tour including Walt Whitman Birthplace, hosted by The Phil 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.
Poetry reading and music with John L. Wright, MD and Linda Sussman. Click here to Watch it!
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!
Walking With Whitman featuring Edgar Carlson. Click here to watch!
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.
Video of Walt Whitman Facing West is here.
Video of the Q&A is here.
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.
Andrew Rimby presents “The Traveling Bachelor in Huntington Village: A Whitman Walking Tour.” Click here to watch!
Poetry Reading with Poet & Voice Actor Bill Ratner. Click here to watch!
An Evening of Poetry Set to Modern Classical Music with Leonard Lehrman, Helene Williams, and Michael Niemann. This event was part of our Walking With Whitman Series. Click here to watch!
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!
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 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!
Watch this gifted family’s creative response to the quarantine: Click Here to Watch

Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Matt Pasca.
 Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Terri Muuss.

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. Click Here To Watch.