Bill Murray and Ben Yakas at the 2010 Poets House walk

For 20 years now, Poets House has hosted a poetry walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. This is attended by hundreds of people every year, including our own Poets House member Ben Yakas, and actor/poetry fan Bill Murray. This year, Murray will lead the walk along with poet Richard Blanco, and both will share "city-centric poems at strategic points along the Bridgewalk, using metaphor and verse to construct the skyline of literary New York City." Please leave your selfie sticks at home, and refrain from quoting Caddyshack.

The walk begins at 6:30, and sign up is necessary—participants need to sign in at 6 p.m. in the small park just outside of the Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street. Readings will take place in the park and on the Bridge and culminate with a sunset reading of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” by Richard Blanco beside Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn. There will be a dinner to follow. The event costs $250, and will benefit Poets House.

For those not in the know, Poets House is a 60,000-volume poetry library, national literary center, and creative space that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry.