THE ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON
2017 I STREET NW
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Sandra Beasley, ACW Literary Chair
Flirting with the Masters: Poets on Walt Whitman
Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 7 p.m.
The Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I Street NW Free and open to the
public, reception to follow.
On Wednesday, November 5, the Arts Club of Washington will host
acclaimed poets Aaron Baker and Ted Genoways as they "flirt with the
master," Walt Whitman, in the city that served as Whitman's home for
a decade. While in Washington, Whitman administered to Civil War
soldiers, composed such masterworks as "When Lilacs Last in the
Dooryard Bloom'd," and published two editions of Leaves of Grass. As
an introduction to reading from their own works, Baker and Genoways
will each speak about Whitman's influence as a writer and American
icon. This event is part of an ongoing series at the Arts Club.
AARON BAKER is the author of Mission Work (Houghton Mifflin 2008). He
has lived in Mexico, Germany, and Papua New Guinea, where his parents
were missionaries in a remote village of the Chimbu Highlands. A
former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford
University, he currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his
wife, the poet Jennifer Chang. He teaches at Hollins University.
TED GENOWAYS is the author of two books of poetry, most recently
Anna, washing (Georgia, 2008), as well as Walt Whitman and the Civil
War (California, forthcoming 2009). He has edited seven books,
including Joseph Kalar's Papermill: Poems 1927-1935 (Illinois, 2006)
Whitman: The Correspondence (Iowa, 2004). As editor of the Virginia
Quarterly Review, he has received thirteen National Magazine Awards
nominations and won in General Excellence and Fiction. He is a
contributing editor to Mother Jones and Menís Journal.
THE ARTS CLUB OF WASHINGTON is at 2017 I Street NW, near Foggy
Bottom/ GWU and Farragut West metro. Headquartered in the James
Monroe House, a National Historic Landmark, the Club was founded in
1916 and is the oldest non-profit arts organization in the city. The
Club's mission is to generate public appreciation for and
participation in the arts through ongoing educational programs that
include literary events, art exhibitions, musical and theatrical