Category: ModPo

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ModPo in London (October 2017)

A few months ago I announced that the ModPo team would be taking our annual “on the road” webcast to London, England, this year. Today we are excited to share more details of this visit. We are very grateful to our London-based partners for providing us spaces to host our...

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Camara Brown

People associated with ModPo in the last few years will know Camara Brown as a TA and participant in a number of ModPo videos. We at KWH & ModPo are proud of her for being featured in this article: Proud and excited for my student, advisee, KWH staff colleague Camara...

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Tracie Morris responds to Gertrude Stein

Tracie Morris reads her poem “Enclosed,” written in response to Gertrude Stein’s “Tender Buttons” at an event in celebration of poet Billy Joe Harris’s 75th birthday in Brooklyn, NY on March 11, 2017. We are adding this poem to the ModPoPLUS syllabus in the Stein section of chapter 2.3 (week...

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Crowdsourced close reading of “Blues for Alice”

Here’s something you’ll find in ModPo’s collection of crowdsourced close readings: Raymond Maxwell, Colleen Knight, Anika Lani, and Mark Snyder meet by GoogleHangout to discuss Clark Coolidge’s “Blues for Alice” (in the context of Charlie Parker and more): link to YouTube. (Note that the discussion starts at 5:35.) If you...

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New ModPo video on Creeley’s “The Language”

Today we have added to ModPo a new video in which we do a collaborative close reading of Robert Creeley’s “The Language.” Anna Strong and I moderate a discussion that includes six ModPo regulars: Mandana, Arif, Shoshana, Nadia, Ray, and Alonna. They joined us, via “GoogleHangout,” from near and far....

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ModPo in Boston, May 18, 2017

ModPo Boston alert! We are gathering in Cambridge MA on May 18 for a Writers House “salon”-style evening, including a collaborative close reading of a poem. If you would like to join us, please write to modpo@writing.upenn.edu. Amaris Cuchanski will be one of the readers!

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On Naomi Replansky’s last poem ever

Today we are adding new materials to ModPo—on Naomi Replansky’s “On Not Writing.” This, according to Replansky herself (who is 99 years old as of this posting), is the last poem she will ever write, and, as the title suggests, is about that very cessation. The links below will work...

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Toward a diversity of #MOOCs

Every once in a while I get the urge to resist some of the many vast generalizations about what “massive open online courses” (MOOCs) are and can be. Twitter is a place for this counterarguing. Search by #MOOCs and find a combination of profit-minded hucksterism, single-minded higher-ed utopianism, and critics...