free poetry

May 29, 2015


If you follow this blog, you’ll know that we’re fans of ModPoModern & Contemporary American Poetry — a massive open online course (MOOC). Offered free through Coursera, the ten-week University of Pennsylvania class is conducted by professor Al Filreis, along with a panel of close readers, video and audio segments, and substantial on- and off-line reading. ModPo will begin again on Saturday, September 12, 2015, and run through Monday, November 23. Participation is entirely self-directed — you don’t have to “show up” at a particular time — but the syllabus is demanding and it’s wise to take seriously the suggested commitment of “5-10 hours/week.”

Here are several sources for more information: “The Web Poet’s Society,” an article on ModPo and MOOCs in The Atlantic by Kristina A. Bicher; commentary and other posting on ModPo, primarily by Al Filreis, on Jacket 2; the ModPo page on Coursera. For participants, there is also a Facebook group.

For a different approach, consider Electronic Literature,” offered by edX, which starts October 15. Harvard offers numerous MOOCs through edX and even archived courses are accessible.


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