Walt Whitman Resources on the Web


"Traveling with the Wounded: Walt Whitman and Washington's Civil War Hospitals" by Martin G. Murray. First published in Washington History, Volume 8, Number 2, Fall/Winter 1996-97:

A Biography of Peter Doyle by Martin G. Murray. First published in the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Issue 12, Summer 1994:

"Whitman in Washington" by Kim Roberts. First published in Beltway: A Poetry Quarterly, Volume 4, Number 4, Fall 2003 in the issue "Memory and Influence: A History of DC Poets":

Entries from J.R. Le Master and Donald D. Kummings, eds., Walt Whitman: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, 1998) reprinted online include the following:
"Rosetti, William Michael [1829-1915]" by Sherwood Smith
"Washington, D.C. [1863-1873]" by Martin G. Murray
"Whitman, George Washington" by Martin G. Murray


"Fowler and Wells' Phrenological Cabinet" and "The Apparition" by Kim Roberts. Published in Mickle Street Review, Issue 15:

"Washington Days" by Patricia Gray. Published in Innisfree Poetry Journal, Issue 1:


Mickle Street Review: A Journal of Whitman and American Studies

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review


The Classroom Electric: Dickinson, Whitman, and American Culture

The Library of Congress, Thomas Biggs Harned Collection

The Walt Whitman Archive, Ed Folsom and Kenneth M. Price, editors


Other Whitman Sesquicentennial Events and Publications

Conferences, Concerts, and Festivals

Virginia Festival of the Book, March 16-20, Charlottesville, VA. In addition to the regular festival events, organizers have scheduled two panel discussions on Whitman co-sponsored by the Virginia Quarerly Review on Saturday, March 19. At 10:00 am, a panel of featuring William Logan, Heather Morton, and David Kirby will discuss Whitman's Self-Invention. At 2:00 pm, Ed Folsom, Stephen Cushman, and Robert Creeley will address the question "Who is the Real Whitman?"

"Leaves of Grass: The 150th Anniversary Conference," March 31 - April 2, 2005, University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Directed by Susan Belasco, Ed Folsom, and Kenneth M. Price. More than two dozen scholars, writers, and musicians will make presentations, including Betsy Erkkila, Ted Genoways, Ezra Greenspan, Jerome Loving, Joel Myerson, David S. Reynolds, Ted Kooser, Galway Kinnell, and Martin G. Murray.

Brooklyn Philharmonic, April 2, 2005. Concert of orchestral settings of Whitman's Leaves of Grass by various composers.

"Leaves of Grass 150th Anniversary Festival," April 3 - June 18, 2005, Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, West Hills, NY. Events include a Marathon Reading of Leaves of Grass, a lecture by Joann Krieg, a Birthday Celebration with Nikki Giovanni, and a culminating poetry reading with Billy Collins, Samuel Menashe, and Diane Wakoski.

The Walt Whitman Project hosts a series of events celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass from April 7 - May 31, 2005. Events include readings, presentations, a Birthday Bash, and a walking tour of Brooklyn. Admission fees for some events, others are free. Events take place at various Brooklyn locations.

"Walt Whitman's 'Death of Lincoln'": a concert and reading honoring Whitman's famous lecture on the meaning of Lincoln to the American nation, April 14, 2005. Daniel Mark Epstein delivers address; concert by members of the Air Force Band. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, Washington, DC. Time to be announced.

"Whitman and Place," April 21-23, 2005, Rutgers University in Camden, NJ. Coordinated by Emily Beach. Conference on the specific landscapes and sense of place that Whitman brought to his work and to American poetry. Presenters include Joann Krieg, Kenneth Price, Ed Folsom, Ted Genoways, William Pannapacker, Kim Roberts.

"Celebrating Walt Whitman," July 4-6, 2005, University of Paris VII. Directed by Eric Athenot and Mark Niemeyer. Conference on the first edition of Leaves of Grass, the continuing presence of Whitman in contemporary letters, and the importance of Whitman in France. Presenters include Betsy Erkkila, Ed Folsom. Email

Poetry Society of America Walt Whitman Sesquicentennial Series, July 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2005, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn, NY. Diverse New York poets read Leaves of Grass on four consecutive Wednesdays in July.

"'Look Back on Me': New England Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Leaves of Grass," September 22 and 23, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. Readings by Billy Collins, Martin Espada, and CCSU faculty and students, lectures by Karen Karbiener, Jerome Loving, and David S. Reynolds, public reading of "I Sing the Body Electric," reception, book signing, discussion.

"Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Symposium," September 22-24, 2005, The College of New Jersey. Directed by Michael Robertson and David Blake. Symposium on Whitman in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, featuring 16 of the nation's leading poets and scholars. Participants include Sherman Alexie, Betsy Erkkila, Ed Folsom, David Lehman, and Kenneth Price.

The Third Annual Walt Whitman Poetry Festival, September 24, Ocean Grove, NJ. Over 40 NJ poets give readings and participate in panels and workshops, in a free one-day celebration of the anniversary of Leaves of Grass. In addition, a walking tour and exhibition are offered. Participants include Gloria Rovder Healy, Joe Weil, Frank Finale, Bob McKenty, Emanuel di Pasquale, and Deborah La Veglia.

"We Celebrate Walt Whitman," November 9, 2005, The University of Northern Iowa. Conference on Whitman in the classroom and Whitman as a formative influence for young people. Presenters include Ed Folsom. For information: or

InSeries presents "Leaves of War: In Search of Walt Whitman," Fri. Nov. 11 at 8:00 pm; Sat. 12 at 2:30 pm; Wed. 16 at 7:30 pm, at Source Theatre. On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass directors Abel López and Debbie Niezgoda bring us an evening of staged poetry and song exploring Whitman’s world and the monumental American poet’s Civil War years in Washington, working as a volunteer nurse. Bass David Brundage, soprano Fleta Hylton and performance artist/dancer Joseph Perna, give voice and visual dimension to the poetry and to music ranging from American folk music to Italian opera (Bellini, Verdi), to contemporary art-song. Tickets: General $25, Senior $22, Youth/Student $13. Box office and information: (202) 518-0152 or

"Whitman Making Books/Books Making Whitman," November 11-13, 2005, The University of Iowa. Directed by Ed Folsom and David Schoonover. Symposium on Whitman as bookmaker, examining the implications of Whitman's love of the book as material object. Presenters include Ezra Greenspan, Ed Folsom, and David Schoonover.



American Treasures: "Revising Himself: A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass," May 16 - December 3, 2005, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Main Gallery, Washington, DC. Three tours are offered in conjunction with the exhibition. The co-curators, Alice Birney and Barbara Bair, will give an overview on May 25 at noon. In addition, Ms. Bair will give a tour on Sept. 14, and Ms. Birney on Sept. 31; these Fall tours will focus on particular items of note on display.

"Images of Walt Whitman: The Commercialization of an American Original," July 1 - September 30, Central Connecticut State University, Burritt Library, New Britain, CT. Items on display include postcards, buttons, matchbooks, and advertisements. Reception on July 7 at 6:30 pm. Information: (860) 832-2098 or

"Walt Whitman and the Promise of Democracy, 1855-2005," July 4 - December 2005, South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY. Curated by Karen Karbiener. Themes of the exhibit include sexuality and repression, spiritual options to organized religion, and Whitman's bohemian circle in New York City.

"The Many Leaves of Grass," Walt Whitman House, Camden. Special tours (offered Saturdays in July) highlighting the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass with a special exhibit highlighting several first editions of the book including the hallmark 1855 edition. The museum also sponsors an annual Regional High School Poetry Contest.

"'I Am With You': Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass (1855-2005)," September 9, 2005 - January 6, 2006, New York Public Library. Featuring first and rare editions of Leaves of Grass, manuscript drafts, books, and trial proofs annotated in the poet's hand. Also includes manuscripts and rare books of Whitman's literary heirs, Jack Keroac, Allen Ginsberg, and others.

"The Making of Leaves of Grass," November 2005 - January 2006, The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City. Curated by Ed Folsom and David Schoonover. Featuring editions of Leaves of Grass from 1855 to the present, with emphasis on editions that demonstrate printing and design innovations.



The Iowa Whitman Series, University of Iowa Press, edited by Ed Folsom.

The Virginia Quarterly Review, Volume 81, No. 2, Spring 2005, includes essays and appreciations of Walt Whitman by noted poets and scholars, edited by Ted Genoways. Contributors include Diane Ackerman, Robert Bly, Rafael Campo, Michael Collier, Robert Creeley, Mark Doty, Ed Folsom, Sam Hamill, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirschfield, Galway Kinnell, William Logan, Gregory Orr, Natasha Trethewey, and Charles Wright.

Mickle Street Review, Issue 17: Whitman and Place, featuring works frm the Rutgers conference. Publication date: June 1, 2005.

The University of Nebraska Press plans to publish a collection of essays presented at the conference "Leaves of Grass: the 150th Anniversary Conference" (see above).

Leaves of Grass Blog by Mitchell Santine Gould. The focus is on new historical insights into Whitman and his book; news items about preparations for the Sequicentennial; and politics and opinion at the intersection of human sexuality and liberal faith. Gould is an author, illustrator, and interactive designer. Two connected sites, both recommended: the blog can be found at An examination of Whitman's "Quaker paradox" can be found at

On-line exhibition of Whitman postcards, from the collection on Ed Centeno. Includes some specifically commissioned for the sesquicentennial.