“ModPo” is an entirely free, non-credit, online 10-week version of the 14-week course on modern and contemporary American poetry I’ve been teaching for thirty years, mostly here at Penn in Philadelphia, mostly here in the Kelly Writers House.
The course was offered last fall, with 36,000 people enrolled from 129 different countries. An overview of that experience, including links to reviews of and articles about the course, is available here:
As of today, we are taking enrollments for the second running of ModPo – starting Saturday, September 7, and finishing 10 weeks plus two days later, on Monday, November 18. One can enroll here:
- providing merely an email address and name (no other information is requested). As I say, it is entirely free and entirely open.
A 20-minute video introduction to the course can be found on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/HsE6f0hbHwI .
If you know of teachers, students and friends who might like to give this introduction to modern & contemporary poetry a try, please forward this message to them and encourage them to enroll.
I received the following email from a fellow poet, and he gave me permission to announce this wonderful opportunity on my website:
As you may have heard, Stanford, Penn, Princeton and the University of Michigan are collaborating to offer free online courses to anyone, anywhere. The project has just gotten underway.
In this first round, Penn is offering four courses in the arts & sciences. A course I’ve been teaching here at the Writers House for many years – Modern & Contemporary American Poetry – is one these first experiments.
To find out more about the course, and to enroll, just go here:
No prior knowledge or understanding of poetry is necessary. It is a non-credit course, and again it is free. But it’s a significant and substantive version of the course I teach at Penn, and the poems and poets you encounter stand a chance of changing your life.
The course begins September 1 and runs for 10 weeks.
If you have questions, feel free to ask me.
Kelly Professor, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Faculty Director, Kelly Writers House
Director, Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing
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If blogs were all in meter, they would rock!
But since they’re not, I guess they all must suck.
Feel free to write a sonnet with these lines.