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Poetry Series in Whitman's Backyard

Participants enjoy the writing workshop at the Whitman Birthplace.
Participants enjoy the writing workshop at the Whitman Birthplace.

Huntington, NY: Huntington’s only poetry performance series, Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, returns to the Walt Whitman Birthplace for a fourth year. This season kicks off on Saturday, March 8 with a writing workshop and performance with Hala Alyan and Ron Padgett.

 

“It’s 2014. Come walk with Whitman again,” said series host George Wallace. “This year audiences will hear distinguished American poetic voices in person, from Ellen Bass and Ron Padgett to Nathan Brown, the poet laureate of Oklahoma. They will explore the multi-lingual energy of Spanish-Surrealist Translator Urayoán Noel and Greek poet Dimitris Lyacos, while discovering how beautiful Walt Whitman sounds translated into Persian, with Sholeh Wolpé.”

 

Walking with Whitman is the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association’s (WWBA) signature poetry series. The series takes place on the first Saturday of March-May and October-December at the Whitman Birthplace in Huntington Station. On each performance date poetry-writing workshops start at 2:00 p.m. with evening performances starting at 5:00 p.m. Each show concludes with an audience Q&A session and author book signing and reception.

 

WWBA Executive Director Cynthia Shor commends Wallace for creating a dynamic program with an impressive and diverse roster of performers.

 

“Styles vary widely,” Wallace said of the performers. “But, through the entire series, what remains consistent is the display of exceptionally high quality of wordcraft, and enthusiastic devotion to audience engagement.”

 

In 2014 attendees can purchase season passes to all six workshops and performances for $90. For the full line-up and individual performance prices, please visit www.waltwhitman.org.

 

About the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association

Founded in 1949, WWBA is Walt Whitman’s voice today, celebrating the poet’s vision of democracy, diversity, and creativity. WWBA programs and exhibits educate the public on Whitman’s life and times, explore his contribution to our nation’s rich cultural heritage, and inspire young poets and writers. Over 16,000 national and international tourists visit the Birthplace each year. 

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