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Yawp! A Read Aloud of Leaves of Grass for the Walt Whitman 200 Celebration

About the Event:

We'll be celebrating Whitman with a Read Aloud in the style of our Bloomsday reading of Ulysses by starting Leaves of Grass (1855 edition) at 5pm and doing our best to read the poem before the end of the evening! We'll have the entire poem divided up and sections available for audience members to present as well. If you are interested in being a reader please just let us know when you RSVP! This event is free and open to the public and will take place in Loyalty Bookstores + the Petworth Citizen Reading Room.

Can't get enough Whitman and Loyalty? Join us for the final days of the festival back in the Reading Room for Literary Cocktails by Chantal Tseng based off Leaves of Grass Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1st 7pm-Midnight.

RSVP (not required but much appreciated) Here!

About the Walt Whitman 200 Festival:

The Festival will kick off on May 23rd from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Busboys and Poets ( 450 K Street, NW) with a reading of Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself” by local poets. Over the course of twelve days, this city-wide celebration will emphasize the poet’s continuing influence on American culture and the city’s culture, and showcase the themes closest to the poet’s heart: unity, democracy, and healing. With a total of forty-eight events in all of DC’s eight wards, the festival includes opportunities for residents to engage with Whitman’s legacy through readings, discussions, workshops, family events, exhibits, and more. For the complete schedule Festival events visit

The Walt Whitman 200 Festival is sponsored by Humanities DC, in cooperation with the Whitman 2019 Consortium. Founded in 1980, the Humanities Council of Washington, DC (Humanities DC) aims to enrich the quality of life, foster intellectual stimulation, and promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history in all neighborhoods of the District through humanities programs and grants. For information on Humanities DC and grant opportunities visit