Poetry in Performance featuring Bob Holman and Mary Jo Bang
Sunday, April 3, 2011
1.00 - 3.00
1.00 - 3.00
WWBA is pleased to present Walking with Whitman: Poetry in Performance, a series of performances and presentations by some of the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature and the arts on the national scene, paired with respected voices on the regional scene. The series will be hosted by Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer in Residence George Wallace.
Sunday, April 3 (1-3 PM) Bob Holman & Mary Jo Bang
Dubbed a member of the "Poetry Pantheon" by the New York Times Magazine and featured in a Henry Louis Gates, Jr. profile in The New Yorker, Bob Holman has previously been crowned "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word" (New York Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), "Dean of the Scene" (Seventeen), and “this generation’s Ezra Pound,” (San Francisco’s Poetry Flash). Holman achieved prominence nationally as a result of a series he produced for PBS, the United States of Poetry, featuring over sixty poets including Derek Walcott, Rita Dove, Czeslaw Milosz, Lou Reed and former President Jimmy Carter, as well as rappers, cowboy poets, American Sign Language poets, and Slammers. He was founding editor of the NYC Poetry Calendar (1977), curated reading series at St. Marks Church (he worked at the Poetry Project for seven years), the Whitney Museum, the Public Theater, and other locales. He co-edited Aloud! Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (also from Holt), winner of the American Book Award, having helped reopen the Cafe in 1989, where he ran the infamous Poetry Slams through 1996. He serves as curator for the biennial People’s Poetry Gathering (peoplespoetry.org) in NYC, bringing together oral poetry traditions from around the world. Poetry Guide for About.com, he has won three Emmy's and a Bessie Performance Award.
Mary Jo Bang
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Mary Jo Bang is the 2010 winner of the Paumanok Poetry Prize. She's author of five books of poems, including Elegy (Graywolf Press, 2007), The Eye Like a Strange Balloon (2004), The Downstream Extremity of the Isle of the Swans (2001), and Louise In Love (2001). Her first book, Apology for Want (1997), was chosen by Edward Hirsch for the 1996 Bakeless Prize. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a "Discovery"/The Nation award, a Pushcart Prize, a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and a Hodder Award from Princeton University. Her books Louise In Love and Elegy both received the Poetry Society of America's Alice Fay di Castagnola Award for a manuscript-in-progress. Bang was the poetry co-editor of the Boston Review from 1995 to 2005.
The full Walking with Whitman series will take place on the following dates and times:
Sunday, March 6 (1-3 PM): Leslie Bai
Sunday, April 3 (1-3 PM): Bob Holman & Mary Jo Bang
Saturday, May 7 (4-5 PM): C.K Williams
Saturday, September 3 (7-9 PM): M.L. Lieber
Saturday, October 1 (7-9 PM): Neeli Cherkovski
Saturday, November 5 (7-9 PM): Hettie Jones
Saturday, December 3 (7-9 PM) TBA
Series tickets may also be purchase in advance: $70. for 7 events. (A $5. per ticket savings).