Birthday Celebration Weekend Featuring Poet-in-Residence, Marilyn Hacker

Happy 198th Birthday Walt!
Birthday Celebration Weekend featuring Poet-in-Residence Marilyn Hacker, children’s book author Karen Karbiener, and Whitman Personator Darrel Blaine Ford”.

WWBA’s 2017 Poet-in-Residence, Marilyn Hacker, will offer an afternoon workshop and an evening reading on Saturday, June 3rd.
Sunday, June 4th, is an award celebration of the annual student poetry writing contest. Hacker will officiate the award ceremony along with Karen Karbiener, who will read from her newly published anthology, Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman, Whitman’s verse for children. Karbiener will offer a book signing afterwards.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Poetry Master Class  12:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Intimate three-hour Master Class with Marilyn Hacker featuring in-class writing and discussion. *Registration is required. Please bring your own pen/pad writing instruments.

Non-Members $60
WWBA Members $50
Non-Members  $25
WWBA Members $20

* This purchase includes complimentary admission to evening reading*

Evening Reading  5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Join us as Marilyn Hacker reads her poetry. The evening concludes with an audience Q&A and a “Meet The Poet” Reception. *Registration is required.

Non-Members $15
WWBA Members $10

Marilyn Hacker Bio


See below to purchase tickets for Saturday’s events.

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 12-2pm

  • Marilyn Hacker will address the audience and officiate at the Young Poets Award Ceremony.
  • Elected officials will greet the crowd.
  • NYU Professor and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener will lead a discussion of Whitman’s poetry for children (ages 8-13), and a reading and signing of her new book, Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman.
  • Meet with Darrel Blaine Ford, Whitman Personator and enjoy 19th century era music by Mary Nagin.





Karen Karbiener’s new book, Poetry for Kids: Walt Whitman.


NYU Professor and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener with Walt Whitman Impersonator









Executive Director Cynthia Shor and Whitman Personator with elected officials from previous Walt Whitman Birthday Weekend Celebration.

Whitman Personator and winners from Poetry Contest during a previous Walt Whitman Birthday Weekend Celebration.

Sunday is a free event open to the public.

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