October 14, 2017 - 10:00am
Prairie Lights

Iowa City Book Festival Event

Literary scholar Zachary Turpin, UIowa Professor of English Ed Folsom, and director of the Iowa International Writers’ Program Christopher Merrill, will read from and discuss their work on Walt Whitman. No one laid eyes on it until 2016 when Zachary Turpin followed a paper trail deep into the Library of Congress, where the sole surviving copy of Walt Whitman’s previously unknown novella Jack Engle has lain waiting for generations. Now, after more than 160 years, the University of Iowa Press is honored to reprint this lost work, restoring a missing piece of American literature by one of the world’s greatest authors, written as he verged on immortality.

Ed Folsom, Whitman Archive co-director, is the Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa. Since 1983, he has served as Editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. He co-edited Leaves of Grass: The Sesquicentennial Essay (2007).

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His latest book is a collaboration with Ed Folsom about Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself.