The Return of ModPo

From Al Filries:

Dear Paul Nelson,

I am thrilled to announce that we are now taking enrollments for the second running of ModPo. Here’s the link:

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernpoetry

ModPo Team

ModPo Team

We start on Saturday, September 7. Ten weeks plus two days later, on Monday, November 18, we will conclude with another final live webcast gathering.

Most – and possibly all – of the ModPo TAs will be back, although some of them will no longer be in Philadelphia. Julia Bloch, our fabulous lead TA, will again be in that role.

With a few exceptions (we’re adding Wallace Stevens, for instance!) the poets and poems will be the same. The discussion in the forums will be new, of course – and once again we will host a series of live webcasts so we can respond to some of your questions and comments.

If you didn’t finish the course but enjoyed the parts you completed; if you finished but would like to delve deeper into the poems; if you enrolled last time but never really took the course at all – I certainly hope you will re-enroll. The link above takes you to a page where you can register.

If you have friends or family members who might enjoy the ModPo experience, please forward this message and encourage them to give it a try. The first of prednisone side effects two introductory videos (5 minutes long) can be found on the main ModPo registration page. The other introductory video – 20 minutes long, with all the TAs – can be found on YouTube here:

http://youtu.be/HsE6f0hbHwI

The current ModPo site, which you asked us to keep open, will close on September 6. The second ModPo course site will be at a different address and you’ll have to re-enroll in order to have access to the ModPo materials after 9/7/13. Meantime, I’m enjoying the ongoing discussions in the forums of our original site, as well as our discussions in the ModPo Facebook group and around our twitter feed (@ModPoPenn).

With best wishes from 3805 Locust Walk in Philly, where, by the way, you are always welcome! Always.

Al

About Splabman

Poet/interviewer Paul Nelson:

Founded: SPLAB (Seattle Poetics LAB) & the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Wrote: American Sentences (2015), A Time Before Slaughter (2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme Editions, Brazil, 2013). His 2015 interview with José Kozer was published in 2016 (Ranchos Press) as Tiovivo Tres Amigos.

Interviewed: Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Joanne Kyger, Robin Blaser, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Diane di Prima, Nate Mackey, George Bowering, Brenda Hillman, among others
and is engaged in a 20 year bioregional cultural investigation of Cascadia, including the festival, a MOOC (Innovative Cascadia Poetry), interviews with Cascadia poets indigenous elders and activists, and the anthology Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia. Paul is co-editor of that anthology as well as 56 Days of August the poetry postcard anthology and writes an American Sentence daily.

*MOOC = Massive Open Online Course

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