Walt Whitman was one of America's first literary stars, known for celebrating New York City in his poetry. To observe his 200th birthday, the Brooklyn Public Library hosts a weekend of panels, talks, debates, lectures and even a beard contest at branches located throughout the borough. Special literary guests including Tina Chang, Vijay Seshadri, Harmony Holiday and Martin Espada will be in attendance, along with many more surprises; check the BPL website for details on specific events. This two-day mini festival will be co-presented by the Poetry Society of America.
May 18 — May 19, 2019
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