WHITMANIA

A Celebration of Whitman at 200

In celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday, the Humanities Department and the Medart Lecture Series at Maryville University, in collaboration with the St. Louis Poetry Center, is delighted to present WHITMANIA, a semester-long series of events. Widely considered the father of American Poetry, Walt Whitman has had continuous influence on contemporary poets, writers, artists, composers, and thinkers in America and abroad.


Whitman Up Close

Sept. 12 | 5:00 p.m.
Free

Whitman Up Close is an exhibition presented by Maryville University at the Morton J. May Foundation Gallery.  The exhibition opening reception includes a brief gallery talk by Dr. Germaine Murray at 5:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.

Exhibition runs September 12 – October 18


Writing Like Whitman: Chants, Catalogs & Litanies

Sept. 14 | 10:30 a.m.
$60 / $50 SLPC members

Writing Like Whitman: Chants, Catalogs & Litanies is a poetry workshop with Dana Levin presented by St. Louis Poetry Center at Maryville University’s May Gallery, in conjunction with the Whitman Up Close exhibition.  The workshop includes a brief public gallery talk by Dr. Germaine Murray.  Lunch is provided for registered workshop participants. Registration now closed.


BookFest St. Louis

Sept. 20 | 7:00 p.m.
Free

BookFest St. Louis kicks off with a Whitman poetry reading by local poets at the Mahler Ballroom, sponsored by St. Louis Poetry Center. Dr. Germaine Murray will offer a brief introduction to WHITMANIA and the vision for the project, including Walt Whitman’s St. Louis connections.


Walt Whitman and the Problem of Everyone

Sept. 26 | 3:30 p.m.
Free

Walt Whitman and the Problem of Everyone is a public lecture with 2019 NEA Big Read author Stephanie Burt presented by Maryville University. The lecture takes place at the President’s Conference Center in Gander Hall. Refreshments will be served.


Advice from the Lights: An Evening with Stephanie Burt

Sept. 26 | 7:00 p.m.
Free

Advice from the Lights: An Evening with Stephanie Burt is a poetry reading and book signing with NEA Big Read author Stephanie Burt, presented by St. Louis Poetry Center. The reading takes place at Sophie’s Artist Lounge, 3224 Locust Street, 2nd floor in the Grand Center Arts District.


Poetry of the Body

Oct. 26 | 10:00 a.m.
$60 / $50 SLPC members

Poetry of the Body is a poetry workshop with Andrea Scarpino presented by St. Louis Poetry Center. The workshop takes place at The High Low, 3301 Washington Ave. in the Grand Center Arts District.  Lunch is provided for registered workshop participants. Registration now closed.


Whitman Set to Song

Nov. 3 | 7:00 p.m.
Free

Whitman Set to Song is a concert with Peter Henderson and friends that features Walt Whitman’s poems and other pieces. The concert is presented by Maryville University, and takes place in the University Auditorium. Full concert program here.