In celebration of Whitman's 200th Birthday and the arrival of National Pride Month, the National Postal Museum welcomes slam poets Mia Willis (2018 Capturing Fire Slam Champion), Tyler French (author
In celebration of Whitman’s 200th Birthday and the arrival of National Pride Month, the National Postal Museum welcomes slam poets Mia Willis (2018 Capturing Fire Slam Champion), Tyler French (author of He Told Me) and Micah Powell (Stoked Feature Poet) to deliver their fiercest love poems in letter forms. Hosted by Nuyorican Poetry Slam Champion, Regie Cabico. Free; no advance registration required.
The “Walt Whitman 200 Festival” from May 23rd to June 3rd will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of America’s most significant and enduring poets, who was a resident of Washington, DC for ten years during and after the Civil War. Over the course of twelve days, this city-wide celebration will emphasize the poet’s continuing influence on American culture and the city’s culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet’s heart: unity, democracy, and healing. With events in all of DC’s eight wards, the festival includes multiple opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman’s legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits, and more. We are thrilled to be one of thirty community partners participating in the Festival!
The Walt Whitman 200 Festival is sponsored by Humanities DC, in cooperation with the Whitman 2019 Consortium. Founded in 1980, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC (Humanities DC) aims to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants. For information on Humanities DC and grant opportunities visit www.wdchumanitiesdc.org.
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