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Al Filreis

on collaborative learning:
On collaborative learning, open education and the end of the lecture: interview hosted by Rolf Potts for his podcast "Deviate" (April 2018)

"Digital Poetics and the End of the Classroom as We Know It", a talk given at the 2005 International Association of Word and Image Conference, September 27, 2005.
brief excerpt from "Wallace Stevens of the New York School" presented at a conference titled "Wallace Stevens, New York & Modernism," March 4-6, 2011, NYU. [link]

on the uses of recorded poetry:
interview on teaching poetry online (December 31, 2001; The Best of Our Knowledge radio program, WAMC, Albany NY)
discussion with Steve Evans (April 23, 2007)
Beinecke Library panel on sound archives, with Steve Evans and Jason Camlot (April 26, 2013)
discussion with Richard Sieburth on the Pound recordings (May 22, 2007)
discussion with Curtis Fox on "Dial-a-Poem" ("Telephony Is So Retro It's Cool," April 2009, for "Poetry off the Shelf" podcast)
on PennSound's pedagogy (August 18, 2007)
introducing the PennSound collection at the High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS) in Austin (May 29, 2013)

introductions to and readings from 2008 book, Counter-Revolution of the Word:
excerpts from the Fifties Thirties from LIVE at the Writers House, Episode 43 (October 20, 2003)
reading from the book
Charles Bernstein introduction
Jessica Lowenthal & Jamie-Lee Josselyn introductions

with Naomi Replansky (as part of the Close Listening series -- April 1, 2016)
with Alan Golding (co-moderated by Orchid Tierney, Bob Perelman & Ron Silliman) (November 19, 2014)
with Joan Retallack (as part of the Close Listening series -- February 26, 2011)
with Ed Barrett (March 30, 2006)
with Laurie Anderson (March 25, 2003)
with John Ashbery (March 26, 2002)
with Charles Bernstein (as a part of the Close Listening series -- March 4, 2008)
with Cid Corman (co-moderated by Tom Devaney and Frank Sherlock) (November 19, 2001)
Filreis interviewed on The Best of Our Knowledge, a Radio Show. (December 31, 2001)
with Robert Creeley (April 2000) (20-minute excerpt in PennSound podcast)
with Donald Hall (April 17, 2007)
with June Jordan (June 23, 2001)
with Carl Rakosi (co-moderated by Tom Devaney) (October 30, 2002)
with Adrienne Rich (April 19, 2005)
with Jerome Rothenberg (April 28-29, 2008)
with Lyn Hejinian (February 22, 2005)
with Robert Grenier (October 27, 2009)
with Robert Grenier (Part II) (March 19, 2010)
with Susan Howe (March 23, 2010)

and conclusion on Cid Corman (September 16, 2014)
Ed Barrett (March 30, 2006)
Bob Perelman (October 14, 2000)
Poetry in 1960 - A Symposium (December 6, 2010) [YouTube excerpt]
Burt Kimmelman (October 26, 2010)
to Robert Coover (February 23, 2009)
to Johanna Drucker (February 14, 2008) [LINK]
to Greg Djanikian (February 20, 2007)
Harvey Shapiro and Norman Finkelstein (September 29, 2005)
to Harvey Shapiro & Norman Finkelstein (September 29, 2005)
to "Poetry & Empire" reading (October 18, 2003)
to Joan Retallack (February 28, 2001)
to Rae Armantrout (October 14, 2000)
to Lyn Hejinian (October 14, 2000)
to "9 Poets Read Themselves through Modernism" (October 2000)
to Marjorie Perloff (October 20, 1999)
to Pierre Joris and Jerome Rothenberg (September 28, 1998)

discussion with Rae Armantrout (April 29, 2014)
discussion with Robert Coover (February 24, 2009)
discussion with Kenneth Goldsmith and Jena Osman (December 9, 2004)
reading-performance by Edwin Torres (December 11, 1999)
discussion on Gertrude Stein with Marjorie Perloff and Bob Perelman (October 20, 1999)
discussion on William Carlos Williams' "To Elsie" - discussion (July 8, 1999)
discussion with Ron Silliman, Bob Perelman Jena Osman and Brian Kim Stefans at the Contemporary Avant-Garde Poetry Symposium at the Kelly Writers House December 7, 1999 (1:51:06): .rm, MP3
discussion of the work of Kenneth Goldsmith (February 9, 2006; with Barbara Cole, Joshua Schuster and Kenneth Goldsmith)

podcast series:
PennSound Podcasts
Kelly Writers House podcasts

on poems & poets:
on John Ashbery's "Just Walking Around" (Distinguished Humanities Lecture, 2013)
30-minute excerpt
on Ronald Lane Latimer (The Poetry Foundation, 2013)
on Wallace Stevens's "The Snow Man" [video] (January 2013)
on Wallace Stevens's "The Snow Man": video, audio (January 2015)
discussion of William Carlos Williams' "Young Woman at a Window"
on Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" (with Bob Perelman, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Taije Silverman and John Timpane, October 11, 2012)
1. program introduction (3:07): MP3
2. the importance of Robert Frost's "Mending Wall" in the discussion of modernist U.S. poetry (5:17): MP3
3. Robert Frost reading "Mending Wall" (3:57): MP3
4. iambic pentameter and everyday speech in lines 12-15 ("I let my neighbor know beyond the hill; / And on a day we meet to walk the line / And set the wall between us once again. / We keep the wall between us as we go.") (8:13): MP3
5. the self-conscious use of language and sound, and paternal voice echoing tradition (7:20): MP3
6. the prosody of the first four lines of the poem, the "work of hunters," and challenging of the concrete (9:00): MP3
7. following the pronouns throughout the poem and the question of "it" (5:50): MP3
8. cultural conservatism and the segregation of the subject/object (3:42): MP3
9. smugness in the second half of the poem (3:52): MP3
10. tradition v. innovation in relation to the poem (1:50): MP3
11. separating Frost from the smug speaker (0:40): MP3
12. the power imbalance between the two neighbors and anarchistic play as consolidated back into the speaker and Frost (3:19): MP3
13. the double place of the I (5:50): MP3
14. final words (5:47): MP3
reading and commenting on John Yau's "830 Fireplace Road"
Jerome Rothenberg 80th Birthday Tribute (December 9, 2011)
on Emily Dickinson and solitude [Jacket2 commentary] (7-Up on Isolation, KWH, February 23, 2012)
on William Carlos Williams's Paterson
on Wallace Stevens's "Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself"
on Gertrude Stein's "Readings" (with Shawn Walker, 1999)
on Kathleen Fraser's "The Cars"
on Jackson Mac Low's "A Vocabulary for Peter Innisfree Moore" (1 hr., 20 mins.; audio) - a class session of English 88, December 2, 2008
on John Ashbery (1 hr., 20 mins.; video) - a class session of English 88, November 13, 2008
on Ezra Pound's "Cantico del Sole" (with Charles Bernstein, Rachel Levitsky, Joshua Schuster)
on two poems by Emily Dickinson (November 10, 2008, with Jessica Lowenthal) (video)
on Marianne Moore after 9/11 ("Mending the Break in Time") (November 7, 2001) [This piece is also featured in a podcast.]
on George Oppen's "Ballad" (with Jessica Lowenthal, Linh Dinh, and Rachel Blau DuPlessi, PoemTalk #3)
on George Oppen's Antifascism: "Guilt in 'Myth of the Blaze'" (April 7, 2008)
on Adrienne Rich's "Wait" (with Jessica Lowenthal, Linh Dinh and Randall Couch, PoemTalk #2)
on Williams' "Between Walls" (with Jessica Lowenthal, Linh Dinh, and Randall Couch, PoemTalk #1)
on William Carlos Williams' "Flowers by the Sea" (with Shawn Walker) (2:52; RealAudio) (teaching video for English 88); audio (mp3) version
on Wallace Stevens' "The Snow Man" [mp3] (January 2005)
on Stevens' "The Snow Man" [video] (January 2009)
on Williams' "Lines" (with Shawn Walker) [mp3] (1999)
on Williams' "Red Wheelbarrow," a mini-lecture with slides for introductory modern poetics course (1999)
on Williams' "Portrait of a Lady," with Shawn Walker (5:05; RealVideo); mp3 audio-only version (teaching material for English 88)
on Williams' "Flowers By the Sea" and "The Red Wheelbarrow"
on Dickinson's "I dwell in possibility" (4:19) (teaching video for English 88)
on Williams' "Danse Russe" (4:24) (teaching video for English 88) [mp3 audio version]
an online class on Dickinson and Whitman, October 3, 1999 (1:51:43; RealVideo)
on William Vaughn Moody's "Gloucester Moors" (3:01; RealAudio) (teaching audio for English 88)
on Richard Wilbur's "Cottage Street, 1953," with reference to the appearance of the "doomed" Sylvia Plath in the poem (7:41: RealAudio) (teaching audio for English 88)
on William Carlos Williams' Paterson with Jessica Lowenthal and Randall Couch, interviewed by Joe Milutis
on Vachel Lindsay's "The Congo"
on Ginsberg singing Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience
on Ted Berrigan's "3 Pages"
on Jaap Blonk's performance of What the president will say and do
on Jerome Rothenberg's A Paradise of Poets
on Rae Armantrout's "The Way"
on John Ashbery's "Crossroads in the Past"
on Gertrude Stein's "Christian Bérard"
on Erica Hunt's "the voice of no"
on Ezra Pond's "Cantico del Sole"
on Kathleen Fraser's "The Cars"
on Wallace Steven's "Not Ideas About the Thing but the Thing Itself"
on a Lyn Hejinian poem known as "constant change figures"
on Robert Creeley's "I Know a Man"
on Rodrigo Toscano's book, Platform
on Lydia Davis' "A Position at the University"
on Bob Perelman's "The Unruly Child"
on Amiri Baraka's "Kenyatta Listening to Mozart"
on Charles Bernstein's "In a Restless World Like This"
on Zukofsky's Anew poems
on Cid Corman's "Enuresis"
on Barbara Guest's "Roses"
on Alice Notley's "I the People"
on Robert Grenier's "Sentences"
on Kit Robinson's "Return on Word"
on Jack Spicer's "Psychoanalysis: An Elegy"
on Robert Duncan's "Often I am Permitted to Return to a Meadow"
on Vichel Lindsay's "The Congo"

discussion of several poems by WCW and a mini-lecture intended as an introduction to the writing of Stein by way of H.D.'s "Sea Rose," Williams's "The rose is obsolete," Williams's "Portrait of a Lady" and Stein's cubist portrait-in-language of Picasso (1:48:23) on the decline of late Victorian poetry, with a note on the emergence of imagism (5:57; RealAudio)
on the transition from the poetry & poetics of the 1920s to that of the 1930s with examples from Isidor Schneider, Edna St. Vincent Millay and William Carlos Williams (14:10; RealAudio)
on three categories of "New York Poets" verse: anti-narrative, non-narrative, pastiche (3:06: RealAudio) (teaching audio for English 88)
introduction to the art book and a visual poetics, with reference to Tom Phillips' A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel (16:07; RealVideo [low quality]) (teaching audio for English 88)

by Adrienne Rich
by Tony Kushner


On Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man"—with Patrick Bredehoft at KWH (November 16, 2016)
Stephen Metcalf on Janet Malcolm's visit to the KWH (September 2013)
Interview by Dikran Kassabian about ModPo (March 2013)
A discussion of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks (October 31, 2012)
American Philosophical Society Celebration of Marjorie Perloff (November 10, 2012)
Coursera feature on NPR: "Online Education Grows Up, And For Now, It's Free" (All Things Considered, WBUR) (September 30, 2012)
Sen. Dick Durbin on Coursera ModPo (Chicago Tonight, WTTV) (September 26, 2012)
NPR interview about teaching a free Modern & Contemporary Poetry online through Coursera (April 18, 2012)
on Cubist language
Introduction to Imagism
"Ideological readings of the founding of the Writers House"(October 30, 2010)
on Robert Lucid (at the Lucid memorial, October 19, 2007)
Discussion with Bob Perelman and Ron Silliman after the Bob Cobbing celebration at the Kelly Writers House, October 11, 2007 (5:31)
on Matthew Abess as curator of the Bob Cobbing exhibit (October 10, 2007)
speaking at the 2005 International Association of Word and Image Conference at the Kelly Writers House (September 27, 2005)
introducing and reading with Amos Oz (October 17, 2004)
on Primo Levi's The Periodic Table [ YouTube] (Jewish Writers You Wish You Knew About, KWH, February 9, 2012)
on "Gold" in Primo Levi's The Periodic Table (September 29, 2004)
radio interview on teaching poetry online (April 2001)
local TV news story on online advising for pre-matriculants (WPVI Philadelphia; Fall 1999)
on the end of the lecture (June 9, 1999)
PhillyTalks #2, response to Jackson Mac Low and Andrew Levy (November 5, 1997)

Al Filreis on PennSound Daily

Learning with MOOCs 2015 Keynote Conversation, Columbia University, October 2, 2015

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Discussing Critical Thinking and MOOCs, Coursera Partners' Conference, University of Pennsylvania, April 6, 2013

Complete recording (10:35): MP3

Discussing Bruce Springsteen's "Land of Hope and Dreams," KWH, November 15, 2012

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Engaging Students with Technology Symposium at the University of Pennsylvania, October 2012

Complete recording (10:28): MP3

7-Up at the Kelly Writers House, February 23, 2012

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Complete recording (12:42): MP3

Filreis gives the introduction to a symposium on poetry in 1960.

Appearing at Jerome Rothenberg's 80th Birthday Tribute, CUNY Graduate Center, New York City, December 9, 2011

Appearing at Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent, Kelly Writers House, April 13, 2012

  • Complete recording (1:35:08): MP3

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