Dive Into the World of Walt Whitman at a Live Podcast Recording With The Bowery Boys

Walt Whitman photographed circa 1860 to 1865. Photo by Matthew Brady via National Archives

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    Kick off the 200th anniversary of the birth of Brooklyn’s poet with an evening of history and poetry as The Bowery Boys record a special Walt Whitman-themed podcast.

    Born on May 31, 1819 on Long Island, Whitman became one of America’s most influential 19th century poets. He was a Brooklynite for 28 years and went through many changes in career — printer, journalist, teacher. While few physical reminders of his time in the borough remain, the celebration of his birth comes at the same time as a coalition of Whitman fans and scholars are hoping to ensure the remaining house with a Whitman connection, 99 Ryerson Street in Wallabout, survives.

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    Walt Whitman’s house. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Tom Meyers and Greg Young of The Bowery Boys: New York City History podcast will weave the tale of Whitman’s life along with guests involved in the preservation of Whitman’s Brooklyn story and performances by local poets.

    The recording takes place on Friday, January 11 from 7:30 to 9 p.m at The Bell House at 149 7th Street. Tickets are $20. For more information or to purchase a ticket, click here.

    The event is part of the Brooklyn Podcast Festival which takes place from January 10 to 13. For a full list of events, visit the festival website.

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