Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman!
Oct
5
11:00 AM11:00

Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman!

The Pickaway Public Library in Circleville, Ohio, celebrates Walt Whitman’s bicentennial, his poetry, and his love of nature by having a public reading of Whitman’s poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.”

Volunteers welcome in advance!

Pickaway County Library
CANAL PARK
23352 Canal Road
Circleville, OH

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: A Walt Whitman Walking Tour of DUMBO
Jul
15
6:00 PM18:00

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: A Walt Whitman Walking Tour of DUMBO

On the heels of the Bard of Brooklyn’s 200th birthday, trace Whitman’s steps along the Brooklyn waterfront as portrayed in his visionary poem from Leaves of Grass, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” We begin with a vocal incantation of the poem at Fulton Ferry Landing, followed by a tour led by Greg Trupiano and Stefan Killen, bringing to life the physical spaces of DUMBO through the literary themes of water, time, and our interconnected modern, democratic life in America. The tour concludes at BHS DUMBO, located in the Empire Stores, for a visit to the current exhibition, Waterfront.

Also offered on Sat, June 15 at 11 am. Presented in partnership with The Walt Whitman Project.

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Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: A Walt Whitman Walking Tour of DUMBO
Jun
15
11:00 AM11:00

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry: A Walt Whitman Walking Tour of DUMBO

On the heels of the Bard of Brooklyn’s 200th birthday, trace Whitman’s steps along the Brooklyn waterfront as portrayed in his visionary poem from Leaves of Grass, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.” We begin with a vocal incantation of the poem at Fulton Ferry Landing, followed by a tour led by Greg Trupiano and Stefan Killen, bringing to life the physical spaces of DUMBO through the literary themes of water, time, and our interconnected modern, democratic life in America. The tour concludes at BHS DUMBO, located in the Empire Stores, for a visit to the current exhibition, Waterfront.

Also offered on Mon, July 15 at 6 pm. Presented in partnership with The Walt Whitman Project.

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Walt Whitman Beard Competition
Jun
8
12:00 PM12:00

Walt Whitman Beard Competition

Not EXACTLY “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” but another Whitman projects I’m collaborating on, this one with the Brooklyn Public Library and Coney Island USA.

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The beard is a great sanitary protection to the throat - for purposes of health it should always be worn, just as much as the hair of the head should be. Think what would be the result if the hair of the head should be carefully scraped off three or four times a week with the razor!"  Walt Whitman

2019 marks the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman, America’s literary radical and great poet of democracy - and Brooklyn's own eternal beard growing champion!

Join Brooklyn Public Library, Coney Island USA, and Fort Greene Park Conservancy as we celebrate the legacy of Walt Whitman's contribution to poetry and hipsterism with an all ages and genders beard and moustache competition in beautiful Fort Greene Park*. Co-hosted by legendary Coney Island performance artist Adam Realman and "Too Woke!" commedian Nore Davis, special guest judges Sue Smith, Jordan TempleMurf Meyer, and Brooklyn Public Library's own Norman Eriksen will award prizes in Whitman-themed categories including the highly coveted "Good Gray Poet" Best in Show prize!  Registration begins at 11am and the show starts at noon.

Hirsute competitors are invited to enter in one of the following categories:

Barbaric Yawp - (Best Natural Moustache)

Leaves of Grass - (Best Natural Beard)

Song of Myself - (Best Costume Beard)

Sea Drift - (Best Styled Beard)

Flag of My Disposition - (Best Styled Moustache)

Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking - (Best Kids Beard)

The Sleepers - (Best Teen Beard)

The Good Gray Poet - (Best in Show)

*The Competition will be located at the base of Fort Greene Park’s Monument Steps Enter at Myrtle and North Portland Avenues, or St. Edwards Street and Willoughby Street from Flatbush Ave subways.

Check back for more details as special guests and competition categories are confirmed. Let the growing begin!

The Walt Whitman Beard & Moustache Competition would not be possible without the generous support, enthusiasm, and partnership of the Ft. Greene Park Conservancy, and Coney Island USA's Adam Realman. These wonderful partners have our enduring gratitude.

*The Walt Whitman Beard & Moustache Competition judges will be awarding prizes based on the overall beauty and creativity of the beards and moustaches presented, and not specifically for Walt Whitman look-alike presentations.


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Brooklyn Poets Bicentennial Celebration
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklyn Poets Bicentennial Celebration

Brooklyn Poets is hosting their first Yawp of the new year on Monday, January 14, at 61 Local. Founder & Executive Director Jason Koo will lead a workshop on Whitman's seminal poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" to kick off our Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest. Participants will read the poem together and respond to the question at the heart of the poem—"What is it, then, between us?”—considering how it has taken on new resonance today.

Poets can submit poems written in response to the prompt to our contest, which will open on January 15 in three different age brackets: 13–17, 18–22, and 23+. Mark Doty, Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang will serve as the judges, each selecting three winners from one of the age brackets. The winners and judges will read at our bicentennial celebration of Whitman on his birthday, May 31, 2019, at Smack Mellon in DUMBO.

Workshop starts at 7; open mic at 8. $10 for the workshop & open mic / $5 for the open mic. Members get in free. A Voyager membership at $60 gives you free admission to the Yawp workshop & open mic at 50% off the annual price of admission ($120), plus $25 off our five-week workshops at any time.

During the open mic, each poet reads one poem of 3 minutes max. You can sign up in advance on our website for one of fifteen reserved spots. If those spots fill, sign up in person at the start of the Yawp workshop for one of five open spots or for the wait list. We usually get to 3–5 poets on the wait list every month.

61 Local is a true public house where the community comes to eat, drink, celebrate and collaborate. It's located at 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (off Smith St), right down the street from the Bergen F/G stop and a few blocks from the Borough Hall 4/5 stop, the Hoyt 2/3 stop and the Hoyt - Schermerhorn A/C/G stop.

For more information and to request accommodations (including ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices and the text of the poems read), contact Jason Koo at koo@brooklynpoets.org.

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Fort Greene Park Walt Whitman Walking Tour + Poetry Open Mic
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Fort Greene Park Walt Whitman Walking Tour + Poetry Open Mic

Join the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, in collaboration with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, for our first Walt Whitman Walking Tour of the year! Learn about the history of Fort Greene Park and Walt Whitman's contribution as an advocate. Tour is 120 minutes long and will take place inside Fort Greene Park starting at the Visitor Center.

This special April tour is being offered in celebration of National Poetry Month! In addition, please join us in the park at 3:00pm by the Visitor Center for a special open mic event, featuring Whitman's poetry and other readings from young poets.

Meet at the Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m.

Event is free of charge, but kindly register here.

Special thank you to tour collaborators American Opera Projects and The Walt Whitman Project.

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Troubled Americans
Feb
1
1:00 AM01:00

Troubled Americans

Artist Jimmie James has been making paintings, drawings, music, and plays for over 30 years. For the past year he has been working on a series of drawings which he calls Troubled Americans. We invited him to participate in our project and will post one of his drawings weekly throughout 2019.

https://www.instagram.com/troubledamericans/

Source:: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnWJsm9BQz_/?taken-by=troubledamericans

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Brooklyn Poets Poetry Contest
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

Brooklyn Poets Poetry Contest

Brooklyn Poets is hosting their first Yawp of the new year on Monday, January 14, at 61 Local. Founder & Executive Director Jason Koo will lead a workshop on Whitman's seminal poem "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" to kick off our Whitman Bicentennial Poetry Contest. Participants will read the poem together and respond to the question at the heart of the poem—"What is it, then, between us?”—considering how it has taken on new resonance today.

Poets can submit poems written in response to the prompt to our contest, which will open on January 15 in three different age brackets: 13–17, 18–22, and 23+. Mark Doty, Rowan Ricardo Phillips and Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang will serve as the judges, each selecting three winners from one of the age brackets. The winners and judges will read at our bicentennial celebration of Whitman on his birthday, May 31, 2019, at Smack Mellon in DUMBO.

Workshop starts at 7; open mic at 8. $10 for the workshop & open mic / $5 for the open mic. Members get in free. A Voyager membership at $60 gives you free admission to the Yawp workshop & open mic at 50% off the annual price of admission ($120), plus $25 off our five-week workshops at any time.

During the open mic, each poet reads one poem of 3 minutes max. You can sign up in advance on our website for one of fifteen reserved spots. If those spots fill, sign up in person at the start of the Yawp workshop for one of five open spots or for the wait list. We usually get to 3–5 poets on the wait list every month.

61 Local is a true public house where the community comes to eat, drink, celebrate and collaborate. It's located at 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 (off Smith St), right down the street from the Bergen F/G stop and a few blocks from the Borough Hall 4/5 stop, the Hoyt 2/3 stop and the Hoyt - Schermerhorn A/C/G stop.

For more information and to request accommodations (including ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices and the text of the poems read), contact Jason Koo at koo@brooklynpoets.org.

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