summer school

June 29, 2020

If you’ve ever felt like you jumped into the deep end of poetry, here’s a chance to put on your water wings and start over. Johns Hopkins University Alexander Grass Humanities Institute is offering a free online summer “blast course”: How to Read Poetry.

The five-week course will meet on Zoom for one lecture and one live discussion session each week, Mondays and Thursdays, from July 13 through August 14, 2020. “Through lectures on sound, image, language, and genre, you will learn what poetry is made of, and discover, along the way, poets of various national and historical traditions, from Shakespeare to Claudia Rankine.”

Details and registration here.

starts today!

March 9, 2020

Staying home? You could enroll in Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop. The six-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered free by CaLARTS and taught by poet Douglas Kearney includes videos, readings, quizzes, and poetry writing exercises. The course begins today, March 9, 2020, but because it is online and self-paced, you can enroll now and begin at your convenience.

starting soon!

August 30, 2019

We’ve mentioned Modern & Contemporary U.S. Poetry (aka ModPo) many times before. A free Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), ModPo is a ten-week intensive that includes panel discussions, videos, reading, and, if desired, writing assignments. While course activities happen on a schedule, all of the materials remain available throughout the year, so it is entirely self-paced.

The next live 10-week session of ModPo will begin on Saturday, September 7, 2019, and will conclude on November 18, 2019. Find out more, review the syllabus, and sign up.

let it flow

September 5, 2015

Hugo House fall poetry

Jump-start your autumn with a poetry class or workshop at Hugo House. Registration is now open and classes begin the week of September 14, 2015.

Not sure about Hugo House? Try a free introductory Hugo class at the Capitol Hill Branch of the Seattle Public Library on Saturday, September 19, 1:00-4:00pm: Poetry with Laura Da’.

More: View the full flow chart and browse the course catalog.

ModPo revisited

March 3, 2014


We posted about Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) back in September. Since then, you may have participated in or heard about the U Penn course, which is a fast-moving overview that covers both familiar and lesser-known poems and poets.

Like most good classes, ModPo yields the greatest returns to those who participate fully — following the reading assignments, watching the videos, taking part in the forums, even writing the short papers. The prospectus says 5 to 10 hours a week, which is about right.

Many students repeat the course, which includes some new material and all new discussion each time around.

ModPo begins again on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and will run for 10 weeks, ending with a live webcast on Monday, November 17. The course is absolutely free. To learn more or sign up, visit Coursera.

free poetry…

April 28, 2013

Coursera ~ Modern & Contemporary American PoetryPerhaps, in recent months, you’ve been following the buzz about university courses that are offered free online. Coursera consolidates many of those courses (341 at the moment) into a single online catalog where you can explore, register and enroll in programs from 62 universities.

Yesterday we mentioned Pulitzer Remix, which, in addition to being a month-long found poetry project, has also become an online community for the 85 participating poets. Sheila Sondik (thanks again, Sheila) tells us that the University of Pennsylvania online course Modern & Contemporary American Poetry has been highly recommended among Remixers. “Apparently, it is really worthwhile even if you only read the poems and watch the videos.”

The ten-week course, which is taught by Al Filreis and is entirely free, begins September 8, 2013. No previous knowledge of poetry is required, nor do you need to buy textbooks or show up at a particular time for online sessions. Read more about Modern & Contemporary American Poetry or explore other programs available free online through Coursera.

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