Poetry is a vital aspect of any writing program that wants to be taken seriously. The success and prestige of the AAP Writing Program at Johns Hopkins hinges on being able to offer its students the benefit of housing its own Poetry Concentration with a complement of poets and poetry course offerings to create a complete and vibrant community. Without the Poetry Concentration, not only does the DC/Baltimore area lose a thriving poet community, the AAP Writing Program loses its ability to call itself a true writing program.
In addition, the AAP Writing Program will lose Ed Perlman, whose value and commitment to the program across all genres is unparalleled. Ed has taken the time to help fiction writers, non-fiction writers, and poets improve their craft for the sheer love of sharing knowledge -- a knowledge, which, in his case, is vast and precise. (And because of Ed, many of you know that the previous sentence has a resumptive modifier in it.) His loss to this community would be devastating.
At present, Ed is staying on in a voluntary capacity to help the students in the Poetry Concentration complete their studies, which underscores deeply his commitment to his students and to the writing community at Hopkins.
Please consider signing this petition to help save the vital Poetry Concentration at JHU and the amazing Ed Perlman.