What thrill to join forces with Amanda Deutch’s dream child, Parachute Literary Arts! Whitman Was Here: Walt Whitman in Coney Island, June 2nd, 2019, was a festival celebrating Walt Whitman’s birthday in a place he loved. He spent time roaming the shore, drinking beer, eating oysters, and shouting poetry to the ocean. Our reading took place on West 21st Street and the boardwalk and was a part of the Walt Whitman Initiative. Poets dug their toes and words into the sand for this ethereal reading.