Professor Publishes Second Book



November 13, 2018 | Faculty, Publication, Research

City Poems book cover

City Poems & American Urban Crisis by Dr. Nate Mickelson

Dr. Nate Mickelson, Assistant Professor of English and Guttman Founding Faculty, has published his second book: City Poems and American Urban Crisis, 1945-Present, part of Bloomsbury’s Critical Poetics Series.

Dr. Nate Mickelson’s second book analyzes the work of poetic luminaries such as William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg, and Gwendolyn Brooks alongside such important, yet understudied poets as Wanda Coleman and Jayne Cortez. His groundbreaking book explores the ways contemporary U.S. poets have engaged with changing urban landscapes and experiences since 1945. By bringing a uniquely wide range of voices from post-war American poetry into conversation with developments in city planning, activism, and urban theory, City Poems makes the compelling argument that urban poetry is a mode of analysis and critique that can inform and expand the possibilities for a more just and equitable urban futures.

As Dr. Mickelson’s newest publication demonstrates, his research and teaching explore the intersections of poetry and poetics, creative literacy, and everyday life. He also edited the recently published Writing as a Way of Staying Human in a Time that Isn’t, a volume of essays by teacher-scholars who advocate writing pedagogies that integrate skills practice with considerations of well-being, emotional development, and social justice.

Dr. Mickelson joined Guttman in February 2010 and has served the College in various capacities since, including as Coordinator of Summer Bridge, Coordinator of City Seminar, Instructional Team Leader, Faculty Fellow for Excellence in Teaching, and Chair of the Assessment and Professional Development Committee. In addition, he created and facilitates the Guttman Seminar, a semester-long professional development seminar for part-time faculty.

Book Review:
Poetry’s Political Possibilities: SUM, The Graduate Center, CUNY