Al Filreis


Al Filreis is Kelly professor, founder, and faculty director of the Kelly Writers House; director of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing; codirector (with Charles Bernstein) of PennSound; and publisher of Jacket2 — all at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been teaching since 1985. Among his books: Counter-Revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945–60; Wallace Stevens and the Actual World; and Modernism from Right to Left. He has also (with Beverly Coyle) edited the letters of Jose Rodriguez-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, PoemTalk, 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.