“To Bryant, The Poet Of Nature”: A Virtual Walking Tour about Walt Whitman and William Cullen Bryant’s Transcendental Relationship
Sunday June 20, 2021 at 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST
WWBA is excited to share a historic and literary virtual tour with Ph.D. Candidate Andrew Rimby! Follow along as we learn about Whitman and Bryant around historic Roslyn.
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In 1847, Whitman coined Bryant “one of the best poets in the world” while writing for the Brooklyn Eagle. A few years before expressing his praise for Bryant’s poetic talent, Whitman had written a poem in dedication to Bryant’s Romantic and Naturalist themes. Although a role model to Whitman, their approach to the poetic genres of Romanticism, Naturalism, and Transcendentalism differed as did their approach to abolitionism. As we virtually journey in historic Roslyn from Bryant’s Cedarmere to the Bryant Library, we’ll ask how to approach these two influential Long Island poets in 2021 and what happens when we look at their poetry through an ecopoetic lens. The tour will conclude with Whitman’s poetry influencing Roslyn’s Gilded Age future and why Edith Wharton turns to his homoerotic poetics for her own writing.
Andrew Rimby (he/him/his) is a Ph.D. Candidate and queer activist at Stony Brook University researching nineteenth-century literature from a queer transatlantic perspective. He is the 2019 inaugural recipient of the Guiliano Global Fellowship, a 2019-2020 Public Humanities Fellow, and a 2019 Stony Brook Graduate Fellow in the Arts, Humanities, and Lettered Social Sciences. With Adam Katz, he co-anchors The Ivory Tower Boiler Room, a podcast about navigating academia during the pandemic. His article, on teaching Whitman during the pandemic, is about to appear in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. He is also the Associate Editor for the Watchung Review and a board member of the Walt Whitman Initiative.
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LINKS TO PAST ZOOM EVENTS:
A master class and workshop with Forrest Gander, WWBA 2021 Poet-in-Residence. Video coming soon! 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 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo 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. Video coming soon.
Every Hour, Every Atom, a Pride Month discussion about Whitman’s notebooks. Video coming soon.
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.
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. Reynolds
and 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!
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.
of Walt Whitman Facing West 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.
presents “The Traveling Bachelor in Huntington Village: A Whitman Walking Tour.” 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!
“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!
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!
Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Matt Pasca
Poetry Reading with Distinguished Poet Terri Muuss.
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
WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year Christina M. Rau
Ceremony and Poetry Reading. Click Here To Watch.