Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF)

Call for Paper Type

November 1, 2018

Conference Date
August 9, 10, 11, 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association


Walt @200 Call for Papers Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) August 9, 10, 11, 2019 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Call for Papers Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA)invites you to attend the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) to be held at this historic site in August 2019 in celebration of the Bicentennial year of Whitman’s 200th birthday. Walt was born here in 1819 in a home built by his father. In Walt’s poem, There Was a Child Went Forth, Walt commemorates his Birthplace environs which “became part of that child who went forth every day, and who now goes, and will always go forth every day.” Walk in Walt’s footsteps and join the International Festival in a way that suits you best: as a presenter, as an attendee, as a friend of Whitman. There will be academic presentations, musical interludes, theatrical events, a high school student program, poetry readings and a marathon reading of “Leaves of Grass.” Presenters will cover a wide range of topics on Walt Whitman. We hope you will take this opportunity to meet, present your ideas, learn from accomplished scholars and poets, network with a broad Whitman audience and enjoy the festivities. Featured Speaker Ed Folsom, PhD, The Roy J. Carver Professor of English, University of Iowa. Author of numerous Whitman books including, Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Choice “Outstanding Academic Book.”) Keynote speaker at four international Whitman conferences. Co-Director, Walt Whitman Archive. Editor, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and Editor, University of Iowa Press Whitman Series.

We are looking for papers that examine different aspects of Walt Whitman and his contribution to humanity. Studies relevant to culture, using any scholarly method, are welcome. Topics of interest for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to: • Impact of Whitman and the domestic & international social justice experience • Whitman’s influence on pop culture (e.g.: Breaking Bad, Dead Poets Society, The Twilight Zone, Paper Towns, Volvo commercial) • The spectrum of Whitman’s sexuality • Comparative approaches to Whitman and other poets • Technology & Whitman • Impact of social media on poetry & what Whitman would think of this phenomenon • Cross-cultural influences created by Whitman’s poetry in politics, art, music and other aspects of society • Significance of Place in Early Childhood: How the ecological landscape impacts the child


To submit a paper, email director@waltwhitman.org and submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper. Include in your submission the name, affiliation, address, and email address of each author/participant as well as their CV/bio. You must specify any special AV or scheduling needs when submitting your proposal. Registration to Present a Paper or to attend the three-day event: $300.00 Sign up for Early Bird Registration by January 1, 2019 for discounted price of $250, Sign up for Advance Sale by April 1, 2019, for discounted price of $275.00. Registration:www.waltwhitman.org If you wish to pursue financial grants to present or attend, we will be glad to provide a letter to help support your grant seeking. Co-Directors Cynthia Shor (WWBA Executive Director) Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan (2017 WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year, Poet Laureate Suffolk County 2009-2011) Location of Walt Whitman International Festival: Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site 246 Old Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station, NY 11746 WWBA Executive Director Cynthia Shor: 631-427-5240 x111 director@waltwhitman.org