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151Whitman Happenings in New York

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  • calvertmartin
    May 17, 2013

      Walt Whitman's Fort Greene

      Sunday, May 19th, 1 - 4 p.m.

      Meet at the Visitors Center (top of the park) 


      Walk around Fort Greene Park, a greensward that owes its existence in large part to Walt Whitman's editorials written for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and learn about this poet's intimate connection with Brooklyn's first official park. The afternoon includes discussions about the park, its role in the American Revolution and Civil War, the Wallabout Martyrs and the monument dedicated to their memory. The Whitman tour also includes an optional extension to Museum 92 in the Navy Yard.

      Guest Artists include Jorell Williams, baritone, Najaya Royal, poet and Charles Jarden, Chair of the Conservancy. Your guide is Greg Trupiano, Artistic Director of The Walt Whitman Project.


      Tenth Annual Reading of Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself"

      Sunday, June 2, 2013, 3:00-5:30 p.m.

      The Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park (Pier One)... free!

      Curated by NYU Professor Karen Karbiener, this year's event will be led off by poet Martín Espada. We'll declare Whitman's great poem from `Brooklyn's front stoop,' in full view of his beloved Mannahatta.

      If you'd like to read, email
      songofmyselfmarathon@... with your favorite three sections of "Song of Myself" (using the 1891-1892 edition's breakdown of 52 sections). Readings will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.

      For more information and directions:  http://www.brooklynbridgeparknyc.org