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STARTING FROM PAUMANOK... The Newsletter of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Fall 2014

Volume XXVII No. 2 photos by WWBA

Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration: Poet-in-Residence Li-Young Lee and Young Poets Contest Walt   Whitman   Birthplace   Association   proudly   celebrated   Whitman’s   195th   birthday  with   WWBA   Poet   in   Residence   Li-­‐Young   Lee   and  with   the   winners  of  the  28th   Annual  Young   Poets  Contest  on  May  31   and    June  1.       This   year,   the   Young   Poets   Contest   went   global   and   WWBA   received  over  4,000  submissions   from  New  York  to  California,  from  South   Korea  to   Tel   Aviv.     The   theme   was   “A   Song  of   Joys”   and   it   encouraged   young  writers   to  think  of  things  that  make  them  joyful.  The  contest  details   featured  Whitman’s  poem  “A  Song  of  Joys.”   On   Sunday,   June   1,   nearly   300   family   and   friends   attended   the   awards   ceremony.     Welcome   remarks   were   delivered   by   Executive   Director   Cynthia   Shor,   Board   President   William   Walter,   Ph.D.   and   Vice   President   Thomas   Wysmuller.     Officials   in  attendance  included:   Wayne   Horsley,   L.I.   Regional   Director   of   NYS   Office   of   Parks,   Recreation   and   Historic   Preservation;  Chad  Lupinacci,  NYS  Assemblyman;  William  “Doc”   Spencer,   Suffolk   County   Legislator;   and   Tracey   Edwards,   Huntington   Town  Council  Member.   Assemblyman   Lupinacci   presented   Carolyn   Diglio,   WWBA   Education   &   Poetry   Contest   Coordinator,   with   an   official   citation   to   recognize  and  commend  her  efforts.   “The  citation  is  in  recognition  of  your   commitment   to  the  success  of  the  Annual  Whitman  Birthday  Celebration   and   for   your   contributions   to   the   Young   Poets   Poetry   Contest   through   your   untiring   efforts   and   excellent   organizational   skills,”   said   Mr.   Lupinacci  when  presenting  the  award.

(L-R) William Walter, Ph.D, WWBA Board President; Cynthia Shor, WWBA Exec. Director; Wayne Horsley, L.I. Regional Director, NYSOPRHP; Carolyn Diglio, WWBA Poetry Contest Director; Chad Lupinacci, NYS Assemblyman; and William Spencer, Suffolk County Legislator.

Walt Whitman Birthplace Designated as a “Literary Landmark”

Annabelle Moseley Named 2014 Long Island Poet of the Year

! Walt Whitman Birthplace Association has received designation as a “Literary Landmark” by United for Libraries. The dedication ceremony will be held September 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Birthplace and is open to the public, free of charge. ! Joining WWBA in their celebration is NYS Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, Poets, elected officials and the public will come together Congressman Steve Israel, on Sept. 5 to recognize the significance of Walt’s home NY State Senators Phil Boyle as a “Literary Landmark.” and Carl Marcellino, NYS Assemblyman Fred Thiele, and sponsors which include Lambda Literary Foundation, Suffolk County Library Association, Suffolk School Library Media Association, and NYS Empire Center for the Book.

WWBA   is   pleased   to   a n n o u n c e   A n n a b e l l e   Moseley   as     2014   Long   Island  Poet  of  the  Year.   The   Long   Island  Poet   of   the  Year  is  an  annual  award   given  by  WWBA  to  honor  a   notable  poet  on  Long  Island   who   is   nationally   known   and   well-­‐respected.   The   honorees   should   not   only   champion   poetry   through   their   writing,   but   also   2014  L.I.  Poet  of  the  Year:   Annabelle  Moseley through   their   teaching   and   support  of  the  Long  Island  community  of  poets.   Annabelle   Moseley   is   an  award-­‐winning  author   of   several  collections  of poetry  including   The  Clock   of  the   Long   Now,   which  made   The  Poetry   Foundation's   best-­‐ seller   list   for  poetry  in  2012,  The  Divine   Tour,  and  The  

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Fall 2014

Promoting the Legacy of Walt Whitman

photo courtesy of Annabelle Moseley

First place anthology winners from Mrs. Zindman’s Locust Valley Intermediate School receive their award and pose with Whitman Personator Darrel Ford.

photo by George Mallis

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The Newsletter of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association  

Fall, 2014

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