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Authors Speak Features Walt Whitman Thursday

on March 18, 2019 - 6:13pm

Walt Whitman. Courtesy/The Whitman Archive

Library News:

Walt Whitman’s America is the topic for Thursday’s Authors Speak at Mesa Public Library.

Dr. Bruce Noll as Whitman. Courtesy/New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities

Whitman scholar Dr. Bruce Noll, an education professor at UNM, will present his Chautauqua performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa. The program is sponsored by the New Mexico Council for the Humanities and the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.

Dr. Noll is interested in the “orality” of literature - the use of speech rather than of writing to communicate. He came to portray Whitman out of a love of poetry, which he also creates himself.

“Outside interests include the study of Walt Whitman’s life and poetry, as well as the field of entomology,” Noll’s website states. “The Whitman interest led to the program “Walt Whitman’s America.”

He adds, “Carl Sandburg wrote ‘Whitman’s Leaves of Grass is the solemn oath that America means something and is going somewhere … America’s most classic advertisement of itself as having purpose, destiny, banners and beacon-fires.’ After 150 years, Whitman still sounds so familiar, so inspiring to Americans, or any people longing for promise, hope, sensuality and generosity of spirit.”

In the Chautauqua programs, audience members can interact with Walt, asking questions about his life and work.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more. The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.

For more information about Bruce Noll and Walt Whitman, visit Noll’s website: