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We Contain Multitudes: Celebrating Walt Whitman’s 200th Birthday with Poetry, Song, and Cake
11:00am - 2:00pm (UTC)
Philadelphia City Hall
May 31
11:00am - 2:00pm (UTC)
Philadelphia City Hall at 1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard
Interior Courtyard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

This community poetry reading, focusing on diversity, will mark the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman, America's "poet of democracy." At this lively celebration, Whitman's poetry will be interspersed with music and guest appearances,* and conclude with the eating of his 200th birthday cake. Join us at the Philadelphia City Hall Courtyard between 11am and 2pm! Free and open to the public. Cake will be provided by The Fancy Crumb. 

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*Special guests include: Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith, and Mayor Jim Kenney, among others. See the full schedule here.

Special thanks to the Waterman II Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation who, following a recommendation of David Haas, has provided support for Whitman at 200 poetry events, including this one.