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URI sponsors Rhode Island’s 2006 Walt Whitman Weekend, April 8, 9

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 22, 2006 -- Ed Folsom, co-editor of the online Walt Whitman Archive, will speak April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Galanti Lounge at the University of Rhode Island library, as part of the New Leaves Presents lecture series.

Folsom, a Carver Scholar and English professor at the University of Iowa, has written and edited several books about Walt Whitman, including Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song; Walt Whitman’s Native Representations; Walt Whitman and the World; and Whitman East and West, as well as the journal, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review.

Sponsored by URI Library Special Collections, the lecture “Walt Whitman, the Maker of Books,” is a collaborative effort by the John Russell Barlett Society, the Providence Athenaeum, the Rhode Island Center for the Book and the American Printing History Association-New England Chapter. It is partially funded by grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the University of Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

In addition to the lecture at URI, which is free and open to the public, New Leaves Press will also announce the winner of the 2006 New Leaves poetry contest. The contest was begun in 2005 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Leaves and Grass in 1855 by Walt Whitman. URI senior Bonnie Taylor won the 2005 contest with her poem, “The Loud Ocean.”

The weekend will conclude with Whitmania! a marathon reading of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass at the Providence Athenaeum on Sunday, April 9 from noon to 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

For further information regarding the lecture, please contact or call 401-874-4632. Information on Whitmania! can be found online or by contacting Christina Bevilacqua or by calling 401-421-6970, ext. 28.