Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Time Traveling Walt Whitman Visiting Coney Island this Weekend

'Walt Whitman' will be reciting this Sunday at Coney Island.
Parachute: the Coney Island Performance Festival takes place this weekend, October 13 and 14.

The event features two evenings of a literary stage and two afternoons of free poetry workshops. The main stage is located in the NY Aquarium's Alien Stingers Exhibit, in front of the Jellyfish.

There will also be site-specific poetry happenings around Coney Island. These include poet, actor and Whitmaniac John Farrell reciting Walt Whitman at the Coney Island History Project on Sunday, October 14, from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.

Mr. Farrell's one-man show "Walt Whitman: Time Traveler" premiered last year in Ireland. In New York, he has performed as Whitman at the Brooklyn Book Festival, NYC Poetry Festival and Dixon Place.

"Walt Whitman, an American poetry icon, was a frequent visitor of Coney's shores in the 1800's," says Parachute Festival director Amanda Deutch, who notes that Whitman ran along Coney Island's coast shouting Homer and Shakespeare to the Atlantic surf.

Photo courtesy Coney Island History Project

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