Walt Whitman: Gay DC Walking Tours
Presented by Rainbow History

This brochure guides users on a tour of downtown DC, stopping at sites where Whitman worked and lived, as well as other sites of significance in the poet's life. Written by Martin G. Murray, Kim Roberts, and Mark W. Meinke, the tour takes approximately 2 hours, and is part of a series of walking tours Rainbow History has produced to collect, preserve, and promote the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered history of metropolitan Washington, DC.

The brochure is free, and will be available at all festival events. Funding provided by Brother, Help Thyself and Gival Press. For an on-line version you can download onto your computer, go to


The Whitman Issue
Beltway: A Poetry Quarterly (Volume 5, Number 1, Winter 2005)

Devoted to the living legacy of Walt Whitman, this web publication presents an anthology of 38 contemporary poets who live in the Mid-Atlantic region. Poems in the issue range widely in style, but all are either about Whitman's life and works, are written in the style of Whitman, or revisit Whitman's recurring poetic themes.

Available for free on line at Co-edited by Saundra Rose Maley and Kim Roberts, with editorial assistant Michael Degnan.

Contributors: Quique Aviles • Joseph Awad • David Bergman • Sarah Browning • Linda Joy Burke • Grace Cavalieri • John Clarke • Christina Daub • Mark DeFoe • Joanne Rocky Delaplaine • Nan Fry • Robert L. Giron • Ron Goudreau • Patricia Gray • Clarinda Harriss • Jean H. Johnson • Rosemary Klein • Ann B. Knox • Gerry LaFemina • Mike Maggio • David McAleavey • Judith McCombs • Miles David Moore • Erin Murphy • Bonnie Naradzay • Kathleen O'Toole • Linda Pastan • Elizabeth Poliner • Daniel Pravda • Ken Robidoux • Gibbons Ruark • M.A. Schaffner • Richard Sharp • Myra Sklarew • Elizabeth Spires • Hilary Tham • Davi Walders • Rosemary Winslow

Beltway: A Poetry Quarterly has been published since January 2000. A recent article in the Washington Post states: "These days a tasty verse morsel is just a mouse click away, thanks to Beltway...The journal offers new work by area poets, a voluminous section on local readings and extensive information on grants, awards and regional 'pobiz' resources." The Chronicle of Higher Education named Beltway one of nine poetry web sites "worth exploring." And Chickenbones, a national magazine of African American arts, lauds Beltway's inclusiveness, writing that the journal features "poets from different traditions (academic, spoken word, experimental, etc.) and with different levels of experience (from internationally known folks such as Pulitzer-Prize-winner Henry Taylor to authors who have not yet published books. This range provides a dynamic mix that showcases the best poetry from the Beltway area and encourages a sense of community."

To read a review of the The Whitman Issue by Marc Fisher, published in the Washington Post, click here.
For a free subscription to Beltway, go to

What the Press has to say about "DC Celebrates Whitman: 150 Years of Leaves of Grass":

The Washington Post, "Walt Whitman: Celebrating the Poet's History--and Washington's" by Mary Quattlebaum.

The Washington Blade, "The 'Grass' is getting greener: D.C. to celebrate 150th anniversary of gay poet Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass" by Brian Moylan.

The Chicago Tribune, "Washington Celebrates Work of Whitman," by Glen Elsasser.

The Camden Courier-Post, "O Poet! My Poet! Camden Fends Off Whitman Barbs" by Jim Walsh.

The Voice of America, "Legendary American Poet Whitman Lauded in Washington" by Stephanie Ho., "Walt Whitman: 150 Years After Leaves of Grass, a Look at Whitman and the African Diaspora," by Kim Roberts.