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Bill Murray's poetry parade

June 7, 2010 |  9:31 am


On June 14, the Poets House in New York hosts its annual benefit poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. As participants cross the bridge, they'll be treated to readings by work by Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, Brooklyn poet Walt Whitman and others. Who's reading? Notable poets Galway Kinnell, Thomas Lux and Tina Chang -- plus musician Laurie Anderson and actor Bill Murray.

Deadpan comic Bill Murray doing poetry? Why not? Maybe you've seen this video of Murray reading to construction workers, which made the Internet rounds recently. It was recorded last year during the construction of the new Poets House facility in Battery Park City in Lower Manhattan, where Poets House has since moved from SoHo.

The Poetry Walk will end with a celebratory dinner and, most likely, more readings. This year's honoree is Lawrence Ferlinghetti of City Lights, the San Francisco bookstore and publishing house. Ferlinghetti, now 91, published Allen Ginsberg's "Howl & Other Poems" and has been nurturing the literary culture of San Francisco ever since.  

The 15th annual event is a fundraiser; tickets start at $250.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Bill Murray, center, with the co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2010, for the upcoming feature "Get Low." Credit: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

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