The New York University
Colloquium in American Literature and Culture
Walt Whitman’s “Faces”:
A Typographical Reading
Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
19 University Place, Great Room
Internationally recognized letterpress artist Barbara Henry and Whitman scholar Karen Karbiener offer a first look at their collaborative effort, a letterpress book introducing a “typographical reading” of Whitman’s poem, “Faces.” Karbiener will discuss the poet’s interests in physiology, phrenology, and the faces he encountered on the streets of New York. Henry will present Whitman’s peculiar fascination with typefaces and relate how his work as a printer inspired her innovative setting of the poem.