Walking with Whitman featuring Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association & Host George Wallace proudly present the Signature Series:

Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Writing with Whitman: Poetry Workshop with Julie Sheehan

2:00-4:00 pm

$20.00 per person *this fee includes admission to that night’s evening reading with Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan

Julie Sheehan’s three poetry collections are Bar Book,Orient Point and Thaw. Her honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award, and her poems have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Pleiades, POOL, Raritan and The New Yorker. She teaches in and directs the MFA program at Stony Brook Southampton.


Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance with Eileen Myles and Julie Sheehan

5:00-7:00 pm with “Meet the Poets Reception” to follow

$10.00 per person

Eileen Myles’s life and career has created a new model for the contemporary poet. Myles is well-known in the art and performance worlds, lgbt culture, activist circles and to a general readership — including poets. She is the author of 19 books most recently Inferno (a poet’s novel) and Snowflake/different streets as well as I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems in Fall, 2015 from Ecco/Harper Collins plus a reissue of Chelsea Girls, a queer classic. Myles grew up in Boston and came to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Her education took place at St. Mark’s Poetry Project where she was the Artistic Director from 1984-86. She writes art and book reviews for Rookie, The Nation, Art in America & Bookforum. In the 80s and 90s she performed her work at PS 122 and toured nationally. In 1992 she conducted an openly female write in campaign for President of the United States. Her libretto for “Hell” composed by Michael Webster was performed in 2004 and 2006. She has received grants from Warhol/Creative Capital, the Guggenheim Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Art in 2014.

Eileen Myles is a poet, art journalist & novelist whose books include Inferno (a poet’s novel) Snowflake/different streets and in Fall, 2015 I Must Be Living Twice/new & selected poems from Ecco/Harper Collins as well as a 21st anniversary reissue of Chelsea Girls, a queer classic. She’s the recipient of many grants & honors including a Guggenheim in 2012 & a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Art award in poetry. She lives in New York.


For questions about this event or the Walking with Whitman Series, please contact Media and Events Director Katrina Lovett, (631) 427-5240 ext. 112 or events@waltwhitman.org. To purchase your tickets by phone, please call Bonnie Lowe, (631) 427-5240 ext. 115

This event is part of the fifth season of Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, a series of poetry performances by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature and the arts on the national scene paired with respected voices on the regional scene.

* Please note: After purchasing your ticket, your name will be added to the event admission list and held at the door on the performance dates. Please note that there will be no physical tickets issued for the series.

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