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Walt Whitman Birthplace Association Presents “Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman” with Bertha Rogers & Evelyn Kandel
June 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Featuring Bertha Rogers, Evelyn Kandal, and Musician Bryan Gallo. Join us for a night of poetry, music, and fun!
WWBA presents the 10th season of Poetry in Performance: Walking With Whitman, hosted by Writer-in-Residence, George Wallace. The signature series continues to bring to bring the most intriguing figures in contemporary literature on the national scene paired with local poets to the Walt Whitman Birthplace Stage.
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on Zoom
$5 Suggested Donation.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82684157941?pwd=SzY3Z1VtcVNyUFU0SDVmNlpQQUpZZz09
Meeting ID: 826 8415 7941
Bertha Rogers is the Poet Laureate of Delaware County, NY and was named a Community Hero in 2018 there for her work in literary and visual arts education and outreach in the County. She is head of Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills, a literary organization she co-founded in 1992 that developed New York State Literary Website and Literary Map in partnership with NYSCA. Rogers has awards and fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, the Millay Colony for the Arts and more; and received several New York State Council on the Arts and New York Foundation for the Arts grants. A noted translator from Anglo-Saxon (including Beowulf), in 2007 she was awarded the Distinguished Service to the Arts in Education Field Award by the Association of Teaching Artists. As part of her appearance in April, Rogers will read from her book of translations Uncommon Creatures, 95 Anglo-Saxon Riddles, rendered in alliterative verse found in the 10th-Century Exeter Book, the largest surviving collection of Old English poetry, they deal with every day subjects, primal forces, and wild, mighty, fierce elements.
Reading with Bertha will be Nassau County Poet Laureate Evelyn Kandel. Author of four books of poetry, her poems also appear in many anthologies and journals. She teaches poetry classes in Great Neck and Glen Cove and is a proud Marine Corps veteran.
Bryan Gallo is a Long Island based singer-songwriter who is inspired by the pressures and consequences of living life romantically. Intrigued by both the sounds of alternative country-rock and wistful pop music, he embarked on a career as a performing singer-songwriter and began to pen songs that would be deeply personal but still readily accessible. Steeped in reflective heartache, the lexicon of Gallo’s lyrics stands as a testament to his raw talent as a musician while weaving a flush and relatable.
In 2014, he self released The Party Guest, a debut full length album of all original material produced by Pete Mancini which featured the Roots-Rock band Butchers Blind who served as the album’s session musicians. At the tail end of 2015, Gallo recorded and released an EP of Christmas themed original songs and standards titled Santa Songs, that was self produced with production and engineering assistance from Mick Hargreaves. Bryan is currently at work on new recordings which he hopes to release to the public in 2020. For all further information, including performance dates, recordings, social media links, and more, please visit Bryan’s official website at bryangallo.com