Call for Papers – 2019 Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF)

August 9-11, 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association invites you to attend the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) to be held at this historic site in August 2019, in celebration of the Bicentennial year of Whitman’s 200th birthday.

Walt was born here in 1819 in a home built by his father. In Walt’s poem, “There Was a Child Went Forth,” Walt commemorates his Birthplace environs, which “became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.”

Walk in Walt’s footsteps and join the International Festival in a way that suits you best: as a presenter, attendee, friend of Whitman.

WWIF’s featured speaker is Ed Folsom, PhD, the “Roy J. Carver Professor of English,” University of Iowa. Author of numerous Whitman books, including Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Choice “Outstanding Academic Book”). Keynote speaker at four international Whitman conferences. Co-director, “Walt Whitman Archive.” Editor, “Walt Whitman Quarterly Review,” and Editor, University of Iowa Press Whitman Series.

Submission Deadline: July 1, 2018

We are looking for papers that examine different aspects of Walt Whitman and his contribution to humanity. Studies relevant to culture, using any scholarly method are welcome. We hope you will take this opportunity to meet, share ideas, learn from accomplished scholars and poets, and network with a broad Whitman audience.

Topics of interest for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Impact of Whitman and the domestic & international social justice experience
  • Whitman’s influence on pop culture (e.g.: Breaking Bad, Dead Poets Society, The Twilight Zone, Paper Towns, Volvo commercial)
  • The spectrum of Whitman’s sexuality
  • Comparative approaches to Whitman and other poets
  • Technology & Whitman
  • Impact of social media on poetry & what Whitman would think of this phenomenon
  • Cross-cultural influences created by Whitman’s poetry in politics, art, music and other aspects of society
  • Significance of Place in Early Childhood: How the ecological landscape impacts the child

To submit a paper, email and submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper. Include in your submission the name, affiliation, address, and email address of each author/participant as well as their CV/bio. You must specify any special AV or scheduling needs when submitting your proposal.

If you wish to pursue financial grants to present, we will be glad to provide a letter to help support your grant seeking.

Co-Artistic Directors & Event Coordinators

Cynthia Shor (WWBA Executive Director) & Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan (2017 WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year)

Sign up for early bird registration here before June 30, 2018.

WWIF 2019 will be located at:

Walt Whitman Birthplace

246 Old Walt Whitman Road

Huntington Station, NY 11746