A. Van Jordan
Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor
English Language and Literature
Professor Jordan specializes in Creative Writing, Modern and Contemporary Poetry, and Film Studies. He is the author of four collections, including Rise (Tia Chucha Press, 2001).
Jordan teaches a variety of courses in the study of poetry as well as writing poetry, including the ENG 440: Fearless Verse.
Jordan shares his experiences with an assignment that asked students to become experts in a subject or a poet over the course of a semester and create a series of podcasts and a website to host them as a showcase project.
Browse resources for the film poem assignment and examples of student work.
ENG 440 Modern Poetry, Fearless Verse
Become a better reader of poetry and identify techniques and themes of modern poetry that continue to inform contemporary poetry.
Creation and presentation of a final project in the form of podcasts and a homepage.
Part 1: Podcasts
You will develop three group podcasts and store them in Box at U-M.
All of your podcasts will have extra footage so if there’s something you want to add to the homepage, feel free to do so in another stream, but edit all of the three above down to the three required formats. Look at both the Homecoming Podcast homepage and the S-Town Podcast homepage and listen to how they introduce extra material to their listeners and how they make it available on their respective homepages.
Part 2: WordPress Home Page
Each of your homepages will be singular to your subject and theme; in fact, you have control over how it looks, aesthetically. That being said, there are three things that you must have on your homepage:
Offer revisions on the homepage, which is how I will grade this work; that is to say, I don’t have to like the poem or think that it’s perfect. I simply want to see the spectrum of revision. Add images and art and video or more podcasts with extra footage. Make it yours as if it were your room and you were decorating it. Don’t feel confined by my requirements.