Poets Mark Doty and Sally Keith read from the work of Whitman, and materials from the Library's Whitman collection were on display.
Mark Doty is a poet and memoirist, and the winner of the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Sally Keith is the author of three collections of poetry: The Fact of the Matter, Dwelling Song, winner of the University of Georgia's Contemporary Poetry Series competition in 2004, and Design, winner of the 2000 Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in Colorado Review, A Public Space, Gulf Coast, New England Review, and elsewhere. Keith teaches at George Mason University.