Walking with Walt


Workshop meets over three Saturdays:

  • Saturday, January 9, 12:30-2:30 pm, CT
  • Saturday, January 16, 12:30-2:30 pm, CT
  • Saturday, January 23, 12:30-2:30 pm, CT


  • Tuition: $75
  • Location: Zoom virtual workshop
  • Deadline: Registration closes 12 noon on January 9,  CT

Tution Assistance Available!

Walking with Walt

This generative poetry workshop builds on the extensive web resources surrounding Walt Whitman, including the online Walt Whitman Archive and the University of Iowa's WhitmanWeb, to use Whitman's well documented process and poetics as prompts for our own. Whitman will serve as our touchstone as we discover new verse forms and chart poetic pathways that build on Whitman's queer democracy, correct his biases, and challenge his vision of the future, all while utilizing what he did best: draft. We'll examine how and why Whitman made poems and how those poems went right as well as terribly wrong. Along the way, we'll generate (1) our own statement of poetics, defining what it is we wish for our poetry to do in the world with a commitment to inclusion and antiracism; (2) a notebook of lines, thoughts, images, ephemera, and other amusements; and (3) new poems proceeding from these. Writers of all levels of experience are welcome. And just as welcome as those who would like to learn more about Whitman or their own process are poets who, in the tradition of Langston Hughes, Natasha Trethewey, and Natalie Diaz, would like sternly to talk back to "the good gray poet."


Micah Bateman (he/him) teaches, writes, and presents on poetry, digital media, libraries, and creative writing out of the University of Iowa's School of Library and Information Science. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop; co-author of Mapping the Imaginary: Supporting Creative Writers through Programming, Prompts, and Research (ALA Editions: 2019); and author of a chapbook of poems, Polis (Catenary Press: 2015).  Other work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books Blog, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Iowa Review, The Kenyon Review Online, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency.

Danielle Wheeler (she/her) was the 2010-2011 Rona Jaffe fellow in poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she earned her MFA. She has a chapbook titled Teenage Exorcists and she recently completed a full-length book of the same title. She currently teaches writing, literature, and rhetoric at the undergraduate and high school level.


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