Sunday, October 17, 2010

reading: "Song of Myself" - 52 sections, 52 readers

The Whitman 150 Project –
A Staged Public Reading of "Song of Myself"
20 October '10 at PNCA
Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 Northwest Johnson Street, Portland, OR
Reading starts at 6:30 in the Commons

Celebrating the 150th anniversary of American poet Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, fifty-two readers from the Portland area will each read a part of the poet’s 52-part “Song of Myself” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., in Swigert Commons of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), 1241 NW Johnson St.

            The event is free and open to the public.

The event marks the anniversary of the crucial third edition, and is expected to draw an eclectic mixture of participants and audience--long- and short-time Whitman readers, poets, writers and non-writers, artists, teachers and students, and anyone else who loves words and images.

            The performance, which will be filmed, was organized by Portland writer and teacher, David Oates; Wendy Willis, writer and former executive director of the City Club; and an ad-hoc committee of Barry Sanders, David Biespiel, Horatio Law, and Jennifer Viviano.

            For further information, contact David Oates via email or 503-327-9733.