Penn has brought Jacket, one of the world’s earliest and most respected online poetry and poetics magazines, back to life as Jacket2. Originally created by Australian poet John Tranter in 1997, Jacket served as a global platform for interviews with noted poets, book reviews, feature stories and a wide spectrum of poems. In 2009, Tranter announced that he planned to retire, leaving the future of Jacket uncertain. Penn’s Kelly Writers House and Penn Sound stepped in to save the magazine’s archives and relaunch the publication as Jacket2.
“We want to preserve what Jacket editor John Tranter did with the magazine in its first 40 issues and in a somewhat new mode and a somewhat different context continue and extend it,” says Al Filreis, Penn’s Kelly Professor of English and faculty director of the Kelly Writers House who serves as publisher of Jacket2. See the magazine’s new incarnation at www.jacket2.org.
Originally published on May 5, 2011