New Stamp Honors Walt Whitman

News Release, US Postal Service

On Thursday, September 12, 2019, the US Postal service will dedicate the newest US Stamp of Walt Whitman.

Born 200 years ago, poet Walt Whitman was one of the nation’s greatest champions. His writing aimed to embody the democratic ethos itself, using poetry to break down the artificial boundaries that separate man and woman, city and countryside, free and enslaved, poet and laborer — and ultimately the self and the universe.

The 1855 publication of “Leaves of Grass” marked the beginning of what would become Whitman’s lifelong masterwork. Over the next 40 years, he published several editions of the collection, which grew from 12 untitled pieces to nearly 400 poems.

Art director and designer Greg Breeding worked with artist Sam Weber to create this stamp. Additional details will be provided before the ceremony date.