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ENRICH-0729 – Lit/Film In-Person: Walt Whitman (ENRICH-0729_WALT)

Walt Whitman Unwrapped: Appreciating the Poet Through Animation and Words

What better way to celebrate the birthday month of one of America’s greatest poets than to view short films and to hear a rousing lecture on the man himself, Walt Whitman? Whitman, who was born in May in 1819, dropped out of school and started work as a printer’s devil at age 12. (Several of America's most beloved writers started working in print shops. Often called printer's devils, they included Ben Franklin and Samuel Clemens.) But in the 1800s, being a typesetter was considered a college-level occupation. Of course, Whitman went on to inspire all kinds of artists. His poetic texts invoke song, craft neologisms, embed references to typeset, include a daguerreotype and physical signature, and present imaginings of modern aerial views. And now a new trend has emerged: Contemporary artists and readers have become interested in the materiality and physical making of the poet’s work. Join filmmaker Marilyn Zornado, who has created several animated films on Whitman, and Whitman scholar Shawn Alfrey as they share the generative energy of Whitman’s poetry in the visual world and in the printed word. This screening takes place at Sie FilmCenter in Denver and features the premiere of Zornado's Whitman Unwrapped, a short, animated film featuring Whitman's poem, “A Font of Type.”

One in-person session
Sat., May 13, 2023, 1:30-3:30 pm MT

Shawn Alfrey is the former associate director of the honors program at the University of Denver having taught graduate and undergraduate courses on Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Her background is in American poetry, modernism and contemporary cultural studies.

Marilyn Zornado is an animator of independent animated films and an adjunct instructor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.

Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 34Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $35


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Saturday13th May 202313th May 202301:30PM - 03:30PMN/AMarilyn Zornado