Whitman Birthplace to Honor Poet of the Year

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association will honor Barbara Reiher-Meyers as the Long Island Poet of the Year at a reading and ceremony on April 29.

The Long Island Poet of the Year is an annual award given by WWBA to honor a standout local poet.

Reiher-Meyers is a Long Island poet who has edited several volumes of poetry and whose work has been published in print and online. Sounds Familiar is the title of her first book of poems. A former board member of the Long Island Poetry Collective, she  has hosted the open mic at the Conklin Barn in Huntington for many years. She also curated a poetry calendar for www.poetz.com/longisland, and coordinated events for the Northport Arts Coalition and Smithtown Township Arts Council, among others. She has facilitated monthly workshops in Ronkonkoma, and sends weekly emails about Long Island and New York City poetry events.

WWBA Trustee Bob Savino and poet Gladys Henderson will offer introductions to Reiher-Meyers’ reading, which will be followed by the awards ceremony.

Light refreshments provided. This event is free and open to the public.

The Walt Whitman Birthplace is at 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station.

For more info, email [email protected] or call 631-427-5240 x112.


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