July 16, 2023
1:00 PM EST
2:30 PM EST

Cost: Free

Event Description:

Join us on Sunday, July 16th, for our first program in WWBA 2023 Series: Legacy of Long Island’s First PeoplesWalt Whitman & Native Americans featuring Ed Folson, Whitman Scholar and Sandi Brewster-walker, Executive Director of the Montaukett Indian Nation & Government Affairs Officer.

Walt Whitman’s relationship with the Native American community of Long Island will be discussed. Whitman often referred to Long Island by its Native American name of Paumanok, and his reverence for the natural world was very much in keeping with the ethos of Long Island’s first inhabitants.

Prof. Ed Folsom, PhD. is a Roy J. Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa.  He has been a central figure in the study of Walt Whitman for several decades and is best known for pioneering the online study of Whitman by co-directing the Walt Whitman Archive. The whitmanarchive.org, an open resource that makes available a vast collection of Whitman’s work, including his manuscripts, letters, marginalia, scribal documents, photographs, and translations, as well as his published works in their various editions.

Folsom also has been the editor of the Whitman Quarterly Review, the international journal of Whitman Studies–since 1983, and has edited the Whitman Series at the University of Iowa Press, where over twenty-five (25) books on Whitman have been published. He has authored, edited, or co-edited over a dozen books dealing with Whitman, will lead a fascinating and honest discussion about Walt Whitman’s interaction, views, and writings on Native Americans.

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Ed Folsom’s teaching and research have centered on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American poetry and culture. He has been particularly interested in the ways American poets have talked back to Walt Whitman over the years, and how Whitman tapped into American culture in surprising ways to construct a radical new kind of writing. He has written, edited, or co-edited a number of books on Whitman, including Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song (Choice “Outstanding Academic Book,” Independent Publisher Book Award for Poetry), Walt Whitman’s Native Representations (Choice “Outstanding Academic Book”), Walt Whitman and the WorldWalt Whitman: The Centennial EssaysWhitman East and WestWhitman Making Books / Books Making WhitmanLeaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial EssaysWalt Whitman’s Democratic Vistas: The Original EditionRe-Scripting Walt Whitman (co-authored with Kenneth M. Price), and Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself, with a Complete Commentary (co-authored with Christopher Merrill).

Ed has directed or co-directed a number of the major national and international Whitman conferences of the past few decades, including a symposium on Whitman in Translation, the 1992 Walt Whitman Centennial Conference, a 2000 conference on Whitman in Beijing, China, and a 2005 symposium at Iowa on Whitman as a bookmaker. In 2005, the sesquicentennial of the publication of the first edition of Leaves of Grass, he gave the keynote talks at four national and international Whitman conferences. In 2011, he organized a symposium of ten Whitman scholar/translators from around the world. He helped organize and has frequently taught the Transatlantic Whitman Seminar, held each summer in a different international location.

Ed has also written about twentieth-century American poets like William Carlos Williams, W.S. Merwin, and Gary Snyder, as well as other nineteenth-century writers like Frederick Douglass and Emily Dickinson. He has been a leader in the development of Digital Humanities, co-editing a CD-ROM archive of Whitman’s work, co-directing the online Walt Whitman Archive, preparing the Whitman bibliography for Oxford Bibliographies Online, and in 2014 teaming up with Christopher Merrill to teach “Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s ‘Song of Myself,’” Iowa’s first MOOC, and in 2016 working with Merrill again to teach a MOOC on “Whitman’s Civil War.”

Winner of Iowa’s Collegiate Teaching Award, the Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Award, the university’s President and Provost’s Teaching Award, and the Regents’ Award for Faculty Excellence, Ed teaches courses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, including a survey of American poetry, and doctoral seminars on Whitman, Dickinson, and the history of American poetry.  He edits the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review and the Whitman Series for the University of Iowa Press.



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This event is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrant Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.