Kelly Family Professor
Alan Filreis has published books on the literary politics of modern poetry, a new edition of the radical 1943 novel Tucker’s People by Ira Wolfert, an edition of Wallace Stevens’s correspondence with Jose Rodriguez Feo (Secretaries of the Moon), and many articles on modern poetry and painting, and the literary and cultural politics of the 1950s. He is also the author of Stevens and the Actual World, a literary biography of Wallace Stevens, and Modernism from Right to Left. His most recent book is Counter-Revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-1960.
Filreis has won nearly every teaching award Penn gives, including the Lindback Award and the Ira Abrams Award. He was also named Pennsylvania Professor of the Year in 2000 by the Carnegie Foundation. Aside from teaching modern American poetry, he has offered a series of courses on twentieth-century American decades, and another on the literature of the Holocaust.
Filreis is Director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, which brought together all of Penn’s writing programs in 2003. He is founder and Faculty Director of the Kelly Writers House. With Charles Bernstein, he co-founded and co-directs PennSound, the world’s largest archive of recordings of poets performing their work. He is the publisher of Jacket2 magazine. He is a member of several boards, including that of the Wallace Stevens Journal and the Writers Center at SUNY Purchase, and is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Frost Valley. He served for many years as the Chairman of the Board of XPN (88.5 FM; xpn.org) and as Chair of the Residential Faculty Council at Penn.
About the Donor
Paul K. Kelly, C’62, WG’64
Paul K. Kelly, C’62, WG’64, established this chair in 2002 to honor an outstanding member of the English faculty who is committed to creating a culture of writing on campus.