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Sun, Jul 24


Harvest Preserve

This Compost!: Green Whitman- a discussion and writing exercise

Relax into the calming energy of Whitman's Glade at Harvest Preserve as you participate in a guided discussion of Walt Whitman's ecological consciousness and journey into your own writing experience.

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This Compost!: Green Whitman- a discussion and writing exercise
This Compost!: Green Whitman- a discussion and writing exercise

Time & Location

Jul 24, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Harvest Preserve, 1645 N Scott Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52245, USA

About the Event

In a collaboration between Backyard Abundance and IC Poetry, join us as Dr.  Bateman will lead participants through a guided discussion of Whitman's  poem, "This Compost!," as an introduction to Whitman's green poetics,  which guide his life's work, Leaves of Grass. A discussion of Whitman's ecological consciousness and commitments will then lead into generative writing exercises.  Refreshments to be provided. 

Registration ends Saturday evening at 8pm.  The evening before the event you will recieve an email from Backyard Abundance providing more in depth travel and parking directions.  Please check spam mail if you do not recieve follow up information.


  • Own seating- folding or camp chair
  • writing implements
  • notepads or notebooks


Sliding scale fee: $25 - $0, based upon your access to resources.

Harvest Preserve and Backyard Abundance members receive a 10% discount.


We need a minimum of 10 attendees to host the class. Please invite friends and family to ensure the event happens as scheduled. We would love to meet your loved ones.


Micah Bateman is an assistant professor at the University of Iowa and the editor of the online Walt Whitman Collection at the Harry Ransom Center. He is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and the author of a chapbook of poems, Polis.


Whitmans Glade at Harvest Preserve


The event is held outside. Masks are optional. We will try to maintain 6' distancing.


This class was developed in collaboration with many community partners using grant funding from the Johnson County Community Foundation and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. It would not be possible without these sponsors and supporters. Please frequent these generous organizations to thank them for donations of time, materials and funds.


  • Abundance of Resources

    This fee is for people with expendable income. This option allows you to assist others in attending our classes by “paying it forward” for those who have less access to opportunities.

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  • Reduced Access to Resources

    This fee is for people who are working hard to make ends meet on low wages and have less access to resources and opportunities.

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  • Under Resourced

    This option is for people who have low access to resources. Examples include those with income below the poverty line, people living with mental and physical health concerns, and people experiencing insecurity in basic needs attainment.

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