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On May 29th the Walt Whitman Association will be ringing in the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman with our time-
honored Annual Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration and the regional Walt Whitman High School Poetry Contest
awards ceremony. This year’s reception and recitation of the winning poems will be held at the Rutgers University-
Camden Stedman Gallery, and guests will be joined by Walt himself, portrayed by historian Darrel B. Ford. The
celebration begins at 5pm and will feature special guests, poetry readings, cake, and punch. This will also coincide
with the opening of the Rutgers’ exhibition Democratic Vistas: Whitman Body and Soul, a contemporary survey of
art inspired by the “Good Gray Poet”. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pen and Ink drawing by J. Sokol, 1980. Walt Whitman Association.