Celebrations at the Brooklyn Public Library are underway marking the legendary writer, journalist, and poet Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday.

Whitman was born on 5/21/1819 and worked as a journalist for the Brooklyn Eagle and a local Williamsburg-based newspaper in between publishing his poetry.

The “Whitman Weekend” kicked off last Saturday with events continuing through this week to mark the occasion.

On Friday, May 31st, Leonard Library (81 Devoe St.) will host “Read Across Brooklyn: Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” where a reading of Whitman’s poetry will take place.


See the full list of events here.

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