Bill Murray leads annual Brooklyn Bridge poetry walk

Murray me: Actor Bill Murray strolls across the Brooklyn Bridge on June 8 as part of the 20th annual Poetry Walk.
Photo by Jason Speakman

He’s got this going for him, which is nice.

Actor and living internet meme Bill Murray led a group of writers, poets, and verse lovers in the 20th annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday.

The “Ghostbusters” and “Ghostbusters II” star is a fixture at the yearly stroll, and was joined this year by Brooklyn’s poet laureate Tina Chang, along with fellow bards Cornelius Eady, Edward Hirsch, Laura Kasischke, Thomas Lux, and Ocean Vuong.

Once the group had traversed the bridge, Richard Blanco, who is best known as the inaugural poet at President Obama’s second inauguration, gave the traditional reading of Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Poetry fans paid $250 a pop to take part in the event, which raises cash for Poets House, a poetry library on the distant island of Manhattan

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhurowitz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Borough bard: Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang reads aloud at the 20th annual Poetry Walk Across the Brooklyn Bridge, a benefit for the Poets House library.
Photo by Jason Speakman

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