You might have already heard or read that this week marks what would have been Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday, but did you know that the iconic poet was a huge fan of Coney Island? In 1847, he even wrote an article in The Brooklyn Eagle about a beach hang and clambake he attended there. It’s fitting then, that Parachute Literary Arts is throwing a day-long festival of poetry, music, free workshops, and site-specific on the Coney Island Boardwalk this Sunday. Bring a blanket to sit on and head to West 21st Street and the Boardwalk to help commemorate the birth and life of a towering figure in American literature at Whitman Was Here: Walt Whitman in Coney Island. From 3-6pm, there will be a series of readings performed by poets from the Worker Writers School, songwriters, artists, and other creative types. The festivities will continue after 7pm at the rooftop of Kitchen 21, where Bushwick Books Club will present new music inspired by “Leaves of Grass.” The event is 100% free, so you can use the cash you save to take a spin on The Cyclone while you’re out there.