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, DC.
Bryan Garman, Head of Sidwell Friends School, will moderate a brief conversation following the reading. Garman received his doctorate in American studies from Emory University and is the author of A Race of Singers: Whitman's Working-Class Hero from Guthrie to Springsteen. He has been a trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools since 2010.
Screening | Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet
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.
Earlier in the day ...
Walt Whitman Open House
Library of Congress
2:30 - 5pm
Thomas Jefferson Building
Join our next-door neighbors for a special display of Walt Whitman collection items pertaining to Whitman in Washington, DC, and a special showing of the new documentary short “Walt Whitman: Citizen Poet.”
Part of the Walt Whitman 200 Festival, sponsored by Humanities DC in cooperation with the Whitman 2019 Consortium.