Call for Student Papers

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) invites you to attend the inaugural Walt Whitman International Festival (WWIF) to be held at this historic site in August 2019 in celebration of the Bicentennial year of Whitman’s 200th birthday.

Submission Deadline: November 1, 2018

We are looking for papers that examine different aspects of Walt Whitman and his contribution to humanity. Studies relevant to culture, using any scholarly method, are welcome.  Decision notification:  January 10, 2019

Topics of interest for paper or panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • Impact of Whitman on domestic and international social justice issues
  • Whitman’s influence on pop culture (e.g.: Breaking Bad, Dead Poets Society, The Twilight Zone, Paper Towns, Volvo and Levi’s commercials)
  • Significance of place in early childhood: how the ecological landscape impacts children and/or impacted Whitman
  • The spectrum of Whitman’s sexuality
  • Comparative approaches to Whitman and other poets
  • Technology and Whitman
  • Cross-cultural influences created by Whitman’s poetry in politics, art, music, social media and other aspects of society

To submit a proposal, email  and submit a paper abstract of 250 words or a panel proposal including short abstracts and titles of each prospective paper. Include in your submission the name, affiliation, address, and email address of each author/participant as well as their CV/bio. You must specify any special AV or scheduling needs when submitting your proposal.

Presenters – Registration to Present a Paper:   $125.00 ($100 for Graduate Students) due July 1, 2019

Early Bird Registration:  $100 ($75 for Graduate Students) due March 1, 2019 

Attendees – $30/day; $75 for 3 days; (Early Bird Special – $60 for 3 days due June 1, 2019)

Seniors & Students – $20/day; $45 for 3 days; (Early Bird Special – $35 for 3 days due June 1, 2019)

Registration:  Online –     

If you wish to pursue financial grants to present or attend, we will be glad to provide a letter to help support your grant seeking.


Cynthia Shor (WWBA Executive Director):

Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan (2017 WWBA Long Island Poet of the Year, Poet Laureate Suffolk County 2009-2011)

Location of Walt Whitman International Festival:

Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site

246 Old Walt Whitman Road

Huntington Station, NY 11746

WWBA Executive Director Cynthia Shor:  631-427-5240 x111

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