Watch the live video stream of “Five Up on Walt”: celebrate Whitman at 200
We’re excited to invite you to the Writers House on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:30 PM, for an event commemorating Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday. FIVE UP ON WALT will feature five people — poets and members of the Kelly Writers House community — each talking briefly about a Walt Whitman poem that has meant something to their poetry or writing practice. This event will bring together writers from multiple genres and generations, each sharing and reckoning with the legacy of Whitman as a poet and as an American. Featured readers include Davy Knittle (G’25), Ujjwala Maharjan, Frank Sherlock, Ron Silliman, and Simone White.
Part of Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy, a region-wide initiative organized by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, with major support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, to mark the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s birth.
Eager to see you there,
Kelly Writers House
FIVE UP ON WALT
Supported by The Sussman Poetry Program
FEATURING Davy Knittle (G’25), Ujjwala Maharjan, Frank Sherlock, Ron Silliman, and Simone White
Tuesday, February 5, 6:30 PM
Kelly Writers House | 3805 Locust Walk| Arts Cafe
KWH Calendar: writing.upenn.edu/wh/calendar/0219.php#5
Watch online: writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/
WHITMAN AT 200: ART AND DEMOCRACY is a year-long series of cultural events and artistic commissions generated by University of Pennsylvania Libraries and partner organizations to mark the bicentennial of Walt Whitman, America’s “poet of democracy,” who was born on May 31, 1819. Whitman lived the last two decades of his life in Camden, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. In 2019 we recognize his connection to the region and his far-reaching relevance today.
The EVA & LEO SUSSMAN POETRY PROGRAM honors the memory of Eva and Leo Sussman — beloved grandparents of Daniel Morse — with an annual poetry program. Eva and Leo valued arts, culture, and education; between working shifts to support his family, Leo wrote poems. Their daughter Naomi — Dan’s mother — was herself a reader, writer, poet, and painter. The program translates the Sussman/Morse family’s deep and indelible commitment to arts and culture into an opportunity for the entire Writers House community to experience the work of contemporary poets.