TITLE: Walt Whitman: Literary Birthday Celebration
SPEAKER: Joshua Beckman, Stanley Plumly
EVENT DATE: 05/31/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 62 minutes
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Poets Joshua Beckman and Stanley Plumly celebrate the birthday of American poet Walt Whitman by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing.
Speaker Biography: Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Ct., and earned his BA from Hampshire College, where he studied poetry and the art of the book. He is the author of five books of poetry: "Things Are Happening" (1998); "Something I Expected To Be Different" (2001); "Nice Hat. Thanks." (2002), written with Matthew Rohrer; "Your Time Has Come" (2004), and most recently, "Shake" (2006). He has numerous books of translation and is an editor at Wave Books, a poetry press based in Seattle and New York.
Speaker Biography: Stanley Plumly is the author of several award-winning volumes of poetry. He edited the Ohio Review from 1970 to 1975 and the Iowa Review from 1976 to 1978. He has taught at numerous institutions including Louisiana State University, Ohio University, Princeton, Columbia, and the Universities of Iowa, Michigan, and Houston, as well as at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1978 and 1979. His honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram-Merrill Foundation Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. He is a professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park.