Poetry for the HART Selects Six from Whitman

Left to right sitting: Linda Powell, April Fallon, Shayna Pehel, and Nicole Grennan. Standing left to right: Principal Ms. Kathleen Acker and Mr. Joseph Pipolo. Not available for photo: Emily Biederman and Ken Miyaguchi.
Left to right sitting: Linda Powell, April Fallon, Shayna Pehel, and Nicole Grennan. Standing left to right: Principal Ms. Kathleen Acker and Mr. Joseph Pipolo. Not available for photo: Emily Biederman and Ken Miyaguchi.

On Thursday, April 30th at 7PM, the Huntington Town Board will recognize teen poets from the community selected as winners in the town’s 2015 Poetry for the HART public art initiative. The winning teen poets will receive certificates and reproductions of how their poem will appear on the HART buses during an award ceremony.  Immediately following the conclusion of the award ceremony, there will be a poetry reading. After the reading there will be a brief reception honoring the teen poets. The award ceremony, reading, and reception are free and open to the public.

Fittingly, the awards reception will be held at the beautiful Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center. In 1819, Walt Whitman was born at this farmhouse in West Hills, built by his father circa 1810. The birthplace is the only New York State historic site on Long Island listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This year, there were six winners from Walt Whitman High School. Congratulations to Emily Biederman for her poem titled:  By a Thread. To April Fallon for her poem titled:  A Rumble of Thunder. To Nicole Grennan for her poem titled: Just Before When I Was in the Shower. To Ken Miyaguchi for his poem titled:  Hah, Good Luck! To Shayna Pehel for her poem titled: Killing Time, and to Linda Powell for her poem titled: Unbreakable Bond. 

Congratulations to our six winning students and the creative learning culture, both at Whitman and in their homes, that helps foster the creativity so abundant here in South Huntington.