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Celebrating the Work of Cid Corman – Live Today 9/16

From Al Filreis



On Tuesday, September 16 the Kelly Writers House will host two events celebrating the work of Cid Corman. Both events will be webcast live. To connect to the video stream, go here

http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/ at the time of each event.

At 4 PM (Philadelphia time) I will moderate a discussion about Corman’s work featuring Thomas Devaney, Gregory Dunne, and Frank Sherlock.

At 6 PM (Philly time) there will be a celebratory reading. We have invited eight poets, scholars, and fans of Cid Corman—Laynie Browne, Thomas Devaney, Gregory Dunne, Pattie McCarthy, Jenn McCreary, Joshua Moses, Frank Sherlock & myself—to read and briefly comment upon selected Corman poems, one poem per person.

If you are in the Philadelphia area, you are of course welcome to come to 3805 Locust Walk and join us in person. Otherwise, we hope you will click on KWH-TV at the link above and will watch the live stream.


Modern & Contemporary American Poetry


From Al Filreis

ModPo – a free, entirely open, non-credit, discussion-based 10-week course on modern & contemporary U.S. poetry – begins its 2014 session on September 6. Everyone is welcome to join us. Click here –

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernpoetry  – to enroll.

ModPo 2014 includes several new features in addition to the 10-week survey of mod American poets & poems. New is an entire set of resources for teachers. (We encourage teachers at all levels to join us.) And new, too, is “ModPoPLUS,” a supplemental syllabus that parallels the main ModPo syllabus – additional poems, links to audio and video, and video-recorded close readings of the poems.

ModPo people gather together for meet-ups in many majors cities around the world. The ModPo team this year will be coming to New York, Washington DC, and Prague.

If you are new to modern poetry, join us anyway and don’t worry: TAs and Community TAs (people who have taken ModPo before and are volunteering to help with discussions) and your instructors stand by pretty much always to guide you and answer your questions.

And ModPo hosts weekly live interactive webcasts.

ModPo is committed to the idea that massive open online courses need not be impersonal, and that collaborative collective close readings of supposedly difficult poems can shed new interpretive light on them.

(ModPo’s new section of teacher resources is a collaboration of the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania and the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College.)


Ashbery Live Stream from Kelly Writers House


From Al Filreis

John Ashbery will give a reading tonight at 6:30 PM eastern time, and tomorrow Al Filreis will interview him and moderate a discussion (with Q&A) starting right at noon eastern time. For both programs, click here                http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/multimedia/tv/


Yankee go home (PoemTalk #59) Paul Blackburn, “7th Game: 1960 Series”

From Jacket 2


Wallace Stevens at Pennsound

From Al Filreis & Charles Bernstein

We are pleased to announce a new PennSound author page – that of Wallace Stevens. We begin by making available two recordings made in Boston – a project in collaboration with the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard. New Stevens recordings will be added to this page in the coming months:

We especially wish to thank Christina Davis, Peter Hanchak, and John Serio.