Bateman, Micah

Micah Bateman

A.B.D. English, University of Texas at Austin (Ph.D. expected 2020)
M.A. Library and Information Science, University of Iowa (2015)
M.F.A. Poetry, University of Iowa (2011)
A.B. English, Washington University in St. Louis (2007)

School of Library and Information Science
3072 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Micah Bateman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa. He is presently completing a dissertation, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through the University of Texas at Austin, on the politics of American poetry in social media environments. He is co-author, with Riley Hanick and Jennifer Burek Pierce, of Mapping the Imaginary: Supporting Creative Writers through Programming, Prompts, and Research. His research focuses on the digital and public humanities, and he has edited the online "Walt Whitman Collection" for the Harry Ransom Center as well as co-developed the University of Iowa's first Massive Open Online Courses in creative writing and literature through the International Writing Program. He has also worked at Coralville Public Library, the University of Iowa Libraries, and has served as the assistant director of the New Writers' Project M.F.A. in creative writing program at the University of Texas at Austin.



Hanick, Riley, Micah Bateman, and Jennifer Burek Pierce. Mapping the Imaginary: Supporting Creative Writers through Programming, Prompts, and Research. Chicago: American Library Association Editions, 2019. Reviewed in Catholic Library World, Library Journal, and School Library Connection.

Polis. Brooklyn, Walla Walla: The Catenary Press, 2015. Single-author poetry chapbook.

Academic Articles & Chapters:

“Whitman on Twitter.” Oxford Handbook of Walt Whitman, eds. Kenneth Price and Stefan Schöberlein. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

Essays and Prose Features:

“Tweeting (in) ‘Dark Times’: Brecht’s Second Svendborg Motto Post-Trump.” ecibs: Communications of the International Brecht Society, 2020.

“Every Atom: No. 171.” North American Review, 2019.

“Creative Writing in the Library: Four Prompts to Break the Ice.” Programming Librarian, 2019.

“The First ‘Last Page of the Internet.’” The Spectacle, 2019.

“200 years later, Walt Whitman’s legacy continues to grow.” Ransom Center Magazine, 2019.

“Son of Batman.” The Iowa Review, 2018, vol. 38, no. 1, 2018, pp. 28–37. (Personal essay.)

“Curriculum Vitae.” Tammy, vol. 8, 2018, pp. 19–28. (Personal essay.)

“The Adjunct’s Guide to Teaching College Composition.” McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, 2017 (Humor.)

“Nostalgia and Desire in JoAnna Novak’s I Must Have You.Los Angeles Review of Books Blog, 2017. (Interview.)

With Jennifer Burek Pierce. “Song of 2,000 Whitman Lovers.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, vol. 61, no. 17, 2015, p. B20.

Book Reviews:

“Django Decapitated: On Shane McCrae’s Blood.” The Iowa Review Online, 2014.

“His City Repeats Itself: Wayne Miller’s The City, Our City.The Kenyon Review Online, 2013.

“Shane McCrae’s Mule.” The Iowa Review Online, 2013.

“James Grinwis’s Exhibit of Forking Paths.” The Iowa Review Online, 2011.

Public/Digital Humanities Projects and Exhibitions:

Advisor, technical editorial board, Digital Disability Studies (DigiDS), ed. Jennifer Janechek, 2019–present

Editor, “The Walt Whitman Collection,” Harry Ransom Center Digital Collections, 2019

Curator, “‘Our Largest and Most Varied Life:’ Walt Whitman’s Bicentennial” exhibition, Perry Castañeda Library, University of Texas at Austin, April–June 2019

Research assistant, “Whitman’s Poetry Reprints,” The Walt Whitman Archive, 2017

Audio editor, WhitmanWeb, University of Iowa, 2013–2015

Developer/Editor, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), University of Iowa, 2013–2015

  • How Writers Write Fiction

  • How Writers Write Poetry

  • Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

Research assistant, Counter Map Collection, 2014

Co-editor, Electronic Journals Project, University of Iowa, 2013

Areas of Interest: 
Digital and public humanities, digital rhetoric, social media environments, user agency, media ritual, the history of the book and the future of reading, American poetry, Walt Whitman, and creative writing.