Parachute Literary Arts invites you to come experience Walt Whitman’s bicentennial in one of his favorite places—Coney Island! Join us on the boardwalk and West 21st Street in Coney Island for a day-long festival of poetry, music, free workshops, and site-specific walks. Featuring readings by: LaTasha Nevada Diggs, Cliff Fyman, Stephanie Gray, Patricia Spears Jones, Tracie Morris, Barbara Henry, Urayoán Noel, and poets from the Worker Writers School. Carol Lipnik will read Walt Whitman’s letters from Coney Island aloud! Join us after the readings on the roof of Kitchen 21 where Bushwick Book club presents new original music, performance, art and snacks from Brooklyn songwriters, artists and creatives in response to "Leaves of Grass."
WHITMAN WAS HERE:
WALT WHITMAN IN CONEY ISLAND
Walt Whitman Bicentennial Festival
The Boardwalk & West 21st Street
Sunday, June 2
“Last night was beautiful—Saturday I spent at Coney Island—went in swimming…”
—Walt Whitman (1872 letter)
3PM-6PMish - Boardwalk & West 21st Street
Patricia Spears Jones
LaTasha Nevada Diggs
Poets from the following organizations:
Domestic Workers United
New York Taxi Workers Alliance
Street Vendor Project
Retail Action Project
Multilingual reading of “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry”
Singer, songrwriter and Coney Island’s native daughter, Carol Lipnik will read Walt Whitman’s letters aloud!
7PMish- Rooftop of Kitchen 21 at the landmark Childs Building
Bushwick Book Club presents new original music, performance, art and snacks from Brooklyn songwriters, artists and creatives in response to "Leaves of Grass."
Don't let distance keep you away - make a day of it!
*Bring beach blankets &/or beach chairs for the poetry reading portion of the event!
Whitman Was Here: Walt Whitman in Coney Island is funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).