United for Libraries Designates Literary Landmark for Walt Whitman

On September 5th, United for Libraries, an organization dedicated to supporting citizens who govern and advocate for all types of libraries, in partnership with the Suffolk County Library Association, Suffolk School Library Media Association, Lambda Literary Foundation and Empire State Center for the Book, designated the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site & Interpretive Center in Huntington… read more

'Rivering' by Dean Kostos

The examined life, in poetry, is sometimes a rant. Not so Dean Kostos’s new collection of poems, Rivering (Spuyten Duyvil Press), which is just the opposite. This collection presents self-discovery and homage with a pure air of ceremony, startling visual imagery, and a refreshing clarity of language. These poems encompass a whole range of personal… read more

Benjamin Grossberg: Five Poets Who Changed My Life

1. Whitman I first read “Song of Myself” in 1993.  I was twenty-two, living on my own for the first time, in a city a thousand miles from the suburbs where I grew up.  Just moved into my first apartment, I shattered one of the painted-shut front windows trying to pry it open and spent… read more