New York, NY (April 11, 2019)—The Academy of American Poets, The Cooper Union, the Poetry Society of America, and Poets House will present a special reading from the work of Walt Whitman in celebration of his 200th birthday and the democratic imperatives of his work. 
Poets reading include National Book Award winner Mark Doty, BOMB Magazine Poetry Contest winner Marwa Helal, Whiting Writers Award winner Major Jackson, former Brooklyn Poet Laureate D. Nurkse, New York State Poet Alicia Ostriker, Pulitzer Prize winner Vijay Seshadri, American Book Award winners Carmen Giménez Smith and Anne Waldman, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Patricia Smith, and more. 
The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St., New York, NY. It is part of a series of #Whitman200 events that will be taking place throughout the month of May. RSVP here:
The event is co-sponsored by CantoMundo, the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses, PEN America, Poets & Writers, and Urban Word NYC.