Ed Folsom is the Roy J. Carver Professor of English at The University of Iowa, where he has taught since 1976 and served as chair of the Department of English, and where he has been awarded the President and Provost Teaching Award, the Collegiate Teaching Award, and the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. He is the recipient of five grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and received the University of Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award . He has been a senior Fulbright Scholar in Germany, has directed international conferences in the United States and China, and has lectured widely in fourteen countries. Three of his publications have been awarded the Choice “Outstanding Academic Book of the Year” designation. He is currently writing a biography of Leaves of Grass, for which he received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.
Folsom has published ten books, including Re-Scripting Walt Whitman (co-authored with Kenneth Price), Whitman Making Books / Books Making Whitman, and Walt Whitman’s Native Representations. He has edited the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review since 1983, edits the Whitman Series for the University of Iowa Press, and co-directs the online Walt Whitman Archive, a teaching and research resource for students, teachers, and scholars around the world.
Folsom’s work has been featured on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, Morning Edition, and What’s the Word?, CBS Sunday Morning, and in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. He is featured in the one-hour PBS American Experience film on Whitman telecast in 2008.