UCLA Writing Programs and the Center for the Art of Performance are thrilled to present the first-ever west coast “Song of Myself” marathon reading! This historic event will begin at noon on the top of Janss Steps (near the fountain between Royce Hall and Powell Library). The 52 sections of this radically optimistic and seminal poem will be read and performed by UCLA faculty, students, staff, alumni, and members of the larger Los Angeles community. This event is free and open to the public.
2019 marks both UCLA’s Centennial and the bicentennial of Walt Whitman. Often described as the father of free verse and America’s first bard of democracy, Whitman is one of the world’s most influential poets, and the hallmarks of his work are those of UCLA itself: radical optimism and community engagement for the greater good.
If you are interested in reading, apply here.