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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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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