WWBA presents the kickoff of its eighth season of its signature series Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance. The event begins with a community mic, free with admission. After a musical prelude, the main event begins at 8 pm with the featured poet, Scott Hightower.
Born on a ranch in central Texas on August 4, 1952, Scott Hightower attended the University of Texas and Columbia University.
He is the author of Self-evident (Barrow Street Press, 2012); Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets Natural Trouble (2003); and Tin Can Tourist (2001). He has also published a bilingual collection of poems in Spanish, translated by Natalia Carbajosa.
Hightower’s own translations of poems by the Spanish-Puerto Rican poet Aurora de Albornoz have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
About his poetry, Marie Ponsot has said: “The most exciting quality of Hightower’s work is its poetic and paradoxical unifying of emotional and intellectual depth with a marvelous quietness.”
Hightower has taught at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. He currently serves as adjunct faculty at NYU and Drew University. A former Poet-in-Residence at Fordham University, Hightower currently lives in New York City.
5:30 pm Sign up for community open mic (walk-ins welcome)
6:00 pm Open mic performances begin
7:30 pm Musical prelude w/ Tommy Santoriello & Friends
8:00 pm Poetry reading, Q&A, book signing
Tickets available at the door or for purchase online (links above). You can also call 631-427-5240 x112 to reserve tickets in advance.
Refreshments served. Event accessible to those with physical disabilities.