Al Filreis is Kelly Professor; founder, and faculty director of the
<a href="http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/">Kelly Writers House</a>; director of the
<a href="http://www.writing.upenn.edu/">Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing</a>; codirector (with Charles Bernstein) of
<a href="http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/">PennSound</a>; and publisher of
<i><a href="https://jacket2.org/">Jacket2</a></i> -- all at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching since 1985. Among his books:
<i>Counter-Revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-60</i>;
<i>Wallace Stevens and the Actual World; and Modernism from Right to Left</i>. He has also (with Beverly Coyle) edited the letters of José Rodríguez-Feo and Wallace Stevens (Secretaries of the Moon), and has edited and introduced a new edition of Ira Wolfert's Tucker's People. He hosts an ongoing podcast series,
<a href="https://jacket2.org/content/poem-talk">PoemTalk</a>, a collaboration of the Kelly Writers House, PennSound, and the Poetry Foundation. He is currently working on a book about poetry and poetics in 1960. He has won every major teaching award given to faculty at Penn, and in 1999-2000 he was chosen as the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. ModPo is based on a course (English 88) he has taught for thirty years.