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Al Filreis

Kelly Family Professor of English, Director of Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, and Founder and Faculty Director of the Kelly Writer’s House at the University of Pennsylvania

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 (Illinois, 1998) an edition of Wallace Stevens's correspondence with Jose Rodriguez Feo (Secretaries of the Moon, 1986), and many articles on modern poetry and painting, and the literary and cultural politics of the 1950s. Other books include Stevens and the Actual World, a literary biography of Wallace Stevens (Princeton); Modernism from Right to Left (Cambridge), and most recently, Counter-revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-1960 (University of North Carolina). Filreis 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, the Writers Center at SUNY Purchase, UbuWeb, and the SpokenWeb sound archive (Concordia University, Montreal). He served for many years as the Chairman of the Board of WXPN (88.5 FM; xpn.org) and as Chair of the Residential Faculty Council at Penn. Filreis has won Penn’s Lindback Award and Ira Abrams Award for teaching, and was 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. His free, non-credit, open online course, “ModPo,” has seen enrollments of 80,000 in the past two years.


PANEL: Making It Up: Creative Writing, Literary Study, and Digital Humanities
TITLE: "Round table discussion with Lorene Cary, Jim English, Al Filreis, and Mark McGurl"
TIME: Friday, September 12, 4:30 – 6:00pm