Book fest spotlight: Explore Whitman’s dark side with Whitman After Dark

As part of the Brooklyn Book Festival, fans of Brooklyn’s best-known poet and erstwhile Eagle editor Walt Whitman are invited to bring their flashlights, a sturdy pair of shoes and an adventurous spirit to the High Street subway stop on the evening of Sept. 16 for a walking tour organized by the Walt Whitman Initiative. The tour will feature a live reading from Whitman’s
“The Sleepers,” from his deathbed edition of “Leaves of Grass.” 

The Walt Whitman Initiative is an international collective of Whitman fans founded in honor of the poet’s bicentennial birthday. The group celebrates Whitman with readings and educational events and works to preserve his last remaining New York City residence at 99 Ryerson St. in Clinton Hill. 

Whitman After Dark is a free Bookend Event from the Brooklyn Book Festival. Walkers will gather outside the High Street subway stop on Cadman Plaza West at 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 16. In case of rain, the event will be held at St. Francis College at 180 Remsen.

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