Matt Cohen works in the fields of early American literature, digital archives, and the history of the book. His essays have appeared in PMLA, American Literary History, The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Book History, among others. He is the author or editor of five books, including most recently Whitman’s Drift: Imagining Literary Distribution ( University of Iowa Press, 2017).
A contributing editor at the Walt Whitman Archive, Cohen has led several projects, including a collaborative effort to track all of the reprints of Whitman’s poetry published during the poet's lifetime; a digital edition of Horace Traubel’s nine-volume biography of the poet; and the first book-length translation of Whitman's poetry into Spanish, Álvaro Armando Vasseur’s Walt Whitman: Poemas. Supported by two grants from the NEH program for Humanities Collections and Reference Resources, the Archive has begun to create a digital edition of Whitman’s marginalia and annotations on other writers’ works.