A Bicentennial Celebration of Walt Whitman

Monday, June 03, 2019, 7:30 pm
Folger Theatre
Free, reservations requested

Reservations for this event are now open.

In celebration of Walt Whitman's birth, poets Regie Cabico, Kyle Dargan, Melanie Henderson, Kim Roberts, Dan Vera, and Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore read from work Whitman created and published during his time in Washington D.C.

The doors to the Folger Theatre will open at 7pm. Come early and watch the new documentary short “Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet,” directed by Haydn Reiss and produced in association with the Poetry Foundation. This documentary was filmed in part at the Library of Congress and features Poets Laureate Tracy K. Smith and Robert Hass, among other poets. 

Next door at the Library of Congress from 2:30 to 5:00 PM,  the library will present a Walt Whitman Multi-Divisional Open House display in Room 119 of the Thomas Jefferson Building. The Open House will feature a special array of Walt Whitman collection items from the Manuscript, Rare Book, Music, and Prints & Photographs divisions, including items pertaining to Whitman in Washington, D.C. As part of the celebration, the Library’s Poetry and Literature Center will host a special showing of the new documentary short “Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet.” 

Both events are part of a week-long festival honoring Whitman. 

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival is sponsored by Humanities DC, in cooperation with the Whitman 2019 Consortium.