Leaning And Loafing At Ease In Old City

May 29, 2013 |  by  |  Vantage  |  , ,

 

This was before the nude photos. Photo of Walt Whitman in Camden by Thomas Eakins | Image: Library of Congress

This was before the nude photos. Photo of Walt Whitman in Camden by Thomas Eakins | Image: Library of Congress

This week marks the 194th birthday of the Good Gray Poet for whom our region’s most trafficked bridge is named, and some of his biggest fans are celebrating. With Literary Mixtape: Walt Whitman, Philebrity is foreshadowing the 215 Festival it curates and celebrating the vaunted weird beard with readings by editor Joey Sweeney, as well as Allen Crawford and recent repatriate Erik Bader.

This evening, Bader officially brings his Literary Mixtape brand to Philadelphia after four years of successful events in Portland, Oregon. “LitMix,” Bader explains, “is like a literary show-and-tell, or a DJ night with books instead of records.” Rather than reading from their own books or works in progress, writers read passages from their favorite writers and books, or in this case, the foremost American poet, Walt Whitman.

Walt’s had himself a good run in early 2013. Collingswood native Evan Roskos’ first novel, Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets, was published earlier this year, and its central character James deals with struggles and an abusive father with an optimism learned from Whitman, his favorite poet. Roskos’ fellow South Jersey gentleman Allen Crawford, a.k.a. Lord Whimsy, is currently working on Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself, an illustrated book interpreting the works of Whitman.

Whitman isn’t the only quintessential American poet with a party this week. In conjunction with Ruth Scott Blackson’s Through the Pale Door installation for the Hidden City Festival, Edward G. Pettit—the Philly Poe Guy—will speak on Poe’s legacy in Philadelphia at the Athenaeum tomorrow. Admission is free with a Festival Pass, which can be purchased HERE.

Bader, who credits Whitman as “the first dude who made me want to put pen to paper,” anticipates this evening’s event to be the first of many in the Philadelphia incarnation of Literary Mixtape. “It pleases me to no end to be able to do this in my home-city of Philadelphia,” he says, “with two fellow writers who are basically the first two writers I ever even knew.”

Literary Mixtape: Walt Whitman is this evening at 7pm sharp, at Art In The Age of Mechanical Reproduction (116 North 3rd Street); Whitmanic cocktails will be served, courtesy of Art In The Age. For more info, see the event page HERE.

About the author

Bradley Maule is co-editor of the Hidden City Daily and the creator of Philly Skyline. He's a native of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, and he's hung his hat in Shippensburg, Germantown, G-Ho, Fishtown, Portland OR, Brewerytown, and now Mt. Airy. He just can't get into Twitter, but he's way into Instagram @mauleofamerica.



Leave a Reply

Comment moderation is enabled, no need to resubmit any comments posted.

Recent Posts
Behind The Publicity Stunt At Benjamin Franklin's Grave

Behind The Publicity Stunt At Benjamin Franklin’s Grave

April 19, 2017  |  Vantage

Nearly 70 years after Benjamin Franklin’s death, public outcry demanding honor for the Founding Father transformed a battered, overgrown gravesite into a popular tourist destination. But the real story isn't at all what we've been told. Join Mark Dixon as he uncovers truth and public deception behind the hole in the wall at Benjamin Franklin's grave > more

A Powerhouse Of Footwork And Fitness On Delaware Ave

A Powerhouse Of Footwork And Fitness On Delaware Ave

April 18, 2017  |  The Shadow Knows

On the outskirts of Fishtown, a dance club and rock climbing gym keep spirits high inside an old 19th century trolley car power station > more

Engineering & Architecture Ride The Rails At Athenaeum

Engineering & Architecture Ride The Rails At Athenaeum

April 15, 2017  |  Vantage

An exhibition at the Athenaeum of Philadelphia illuminates the history of railroad architecture through drawings, photographs, and more. Michael Bixler has the review > more

Ghost Station At Art Museum Rises From The Dead

Ghost Station At Art Museum Rises From The Dead

April 13, 2017  |  Harry K's Encyclopedia

Harry K. walks us through the origins of the mothballed "Art Museum Station," now being renovated at the PMA, and one man's visionary plan for mass transit in Philly that never came to be > more

North Broad Rising

North Broad Rising

April 11, 2017  |  Vantage

Lights on, graffiti gone. The revamped Lorraine is once again looking divine. Will the rest of North Broad follow her lead? Bradley Maule takes a look > more

La Salle University Preps Victorian Home For Wrecking Ball

La Salle University Preps Victorian Home For Wrecking Ball

April 5, 2017  |  News

More demolition for campus expansion in the works at La Salle University. Contributor Arielle Harris has the story > more