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Boardwalk and West 21st Street
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Sunday June 2, 2019
Event starts at 3pm
Coney Island
The Boardwalk and West 21st Street

(This is an outdoor event. Bring beach blankets, beach chairs and whatever you need to be comfortable on the beach for the poetry reading portion of the event.)

Parachute Literary Arts invites you to come experience Walt Whitman's bicentennial in one of his favorite places Coney Island! Join us on the boardwalk and West 21st Street in Coney Island at 3pm for a day-long festival of poetry, music, free workshops and site-specific walks.

At 7pm, Whitman Was Here: Walt Whitman in Coney Island, will continue on the rooftop of Kitchen 21 (in the landmark Childs Building) where Bushwick Books Club presents new original music in response to "Leaves of Grass."

3pm-6pm ish - Boardwalk & West 21st Street

Readings by:

Marina Blitshteyn
Cliff Fyman
Stephanie Gray
Barbara Henry
Patricia Spears Jones
Tracie Morris
UrayoƔn Noel
Anna Vitale

Poets from the Worker Writers School
(representing the following organizations: Domestic Workers United, Damayan Migrants, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Street Vendor Project and Retail Action Project)
& more!

Fabulous, ethereal, Coney Island born singer and songwriter, Carol Lipnik channels Walt Whitman as she reads his letters aloud!

Multilingual reading of "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry!"

7pm ish-  Rooftop of Kitchen 21 (in the landmark Childs Building)

Bushwick Book Club presents new original music, performance, art and snacks from Brooklyn songwriters, artists and creatives in response to  "Leaves of Grass."

This event is free. If you would like to make a contribution, you can donate to Parachute Literary Arts programs HERE

P.S. Cash bar in Kitchen 21 with over 23 NYC beers on tap!

Programmed & Organized by Amanda Deutch & Susan Brennan

Take the F, D, N or Q trains to Stillwell Avenue stop and then it is a 6 block walk to the Boardwalk and West 21st Street and Kitchen 21.


Our gratitude to Kitchen 21, our sponsors and funders.

Whitman Was Here: Walt Whitman in Coney Island is funded in part by Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC)and is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


Boardwalk and West 21st Street (View)
Coney Island
Brooklyn, NY 11224
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Music > Indie
Music > Rock
Music > Singer/Songwriter
Other > Festivals

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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