Talk at Two: A Conversation with Brian Selznick and Karen Karbiener

11/24/2019, 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

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Brian Selznick, Illustrator and author Karen Karbiener, Walt Whitman scholar 
In alliance with University of Memphis, College of Communication & Fine Arts

Walt Whitman wrote twelve poems in a small handmade book he entitled Live Oak, with Moss. The poems were intensely private reflections on his attraction to and affection for other men. They were also Whitman’s most adventurous explorations of the theme of same-sex love. Never published as he wrote them, they were instead cut up, rearranged, and hidden in Leaves of Grass, where they remained unknown for a hundred years. New York Times bestselling and Caldecott Award–winning illustrator Brian Selznick returns to the Dixon to offer a provocative visual narrative of Live Oak, with Moss, and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener reconstructs the story of the poetic cluster’s creation and destruction. Walt Whitman’s reassembled, reinterpreted Live Oak, with Moss serves as a source of inspiration and a cause for celebration. 

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