Patrick Scully: Leaves of Grass Illuminated

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present  Patrick Scully’s Leaves of Grass Illuminated, a free program being offered for adults only at the following dates and locations:

Thursday, June 22, 6:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids Area Library

Saturday, June 24, 3:00 p.m.

Grand Marais Public Library

Join us for an adult-themed look at the life of Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass Illuminated. Patrick Scully assumes the role of Whitman, talking through his life story, railing against the puritan morals of the day and reading excerpts from Whitman’s works while providing a look into the controversial life of a great American poet.

Whitman, as portrayed by Scully, is a confident man who explains how he would code his language to escape the wrath of a rabidly homophobic society. Despite these efforts, Whitman’s works were banned and critics were quick to denounce him with their harshest words, which is hard to imagine today given the significant influence and great beauty of his writing.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at,  find us on Twitter, on Pinterest at, or like us on Facebook at

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