I enjoyed the interview with poet and professor Mary Jo Salter [Fall 2011, “A poem lovely as … a smartphone?”]. Her response regarding the popularity of poetry studies at Johns Hopkins, however, overlooked a vital complement to the university’s traditional offerings: the part-time MA in Writing program, offered through the Krieger School’s Advanced Academic Programs division.
As one of the 25 poetry students enrolled in the program, I can attest to its benefits: small classes held on the Baltimore and DC campuses; a rigorous curriculum that combines foundational courses in formal verse, electives such as Technology Tools for Writers, and opportunities for independent study; and a schedule that caters to those who balance full-time jobs or other obligations with their studies. The program attracts a unique mix of students who are passionate about poetry, from attorneys and public health researchers to middle school English teachers.’
Professor Salter is correct: social media and technology expand opportunities for poets. Johns Hopkins’ AAP program does, too.
Ann E. Kolakowski