Al Filreis

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Winner of the Beltran Award: Jamie-Lee Josselyn

Last night at the end-of-academic-year “hub party” at the Kelly Writers House I had the pleasure of announcing the winner of the Beltran Family Award for Innovative Teaching & Mentoring—for 2017-18. She is Jamie-Lee Josselyn! Jamie-Lee is an utterly remarkable teacher. On the 0-4 scale used for student evaluations, Jamie-Lee’s courses...

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Poems of Jawdat Fakhreddine

I’m grateful to Huda Fakhreddine the gift she made of “Lighthouse for the Drowning,” poems by Jawdat Fakhreddine (her father) as translated by herself and Jayson Iwen. “Now when I meet [this poem] in a book / from time to time, / it beckons to me like a prisoner, /...

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The “First Readings” commentary series

Have you checked out the commentary series I co-edit with Brian Reed* and Craig Dworkin? It’s called “First Readings.” We ask five critics & poet-critics to write up short initial responses to a supposedly “difficult” poem: https://jacket2.org/commentary/first-readings . * ModPo’ers will remember Brian’s terrific essay about Caroline Bergvall’s “VIA” we read...

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Stephen Metcalf and Wesley Morris on podcasting

On April 4, 2017, I moderated a discussion with Wesley Morris and Stephen Metcalf. In this video clip from the program, I ask Wesley about models for his own podcasting. The whole video (and also a link to the whole audio) can be found here at the Kelly Writers House...

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PoemTalk on “Zong!”

Today in KWH’s Wexler Studio I had the great pleasure of convening & moderating a new episode of PoemTalk. Amber Rose Johnson, Tracie Morris, Alexandria Johnson & I discussed six sections of NourbeSe Philip’s “Zong!” (It will be a few months before this episode will be available.)

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West Philly’s early spring

It’s been a few days since I walked from home to campus. Today I took my camera and enjoyed West Philly’s early spring colors—built and natural. Click on an image for a larger view.