Welcome to the digital home of the poetics and practice of the essay, an upper-level course for English majors at Keene State College.

The primary author of the site is professor Mark C. Long. You can learn more about his work as a professor at The Far Field. Keene State College students are also contributors to this site. Their essays are syndicated from their course sites on the From the Blogs page and their writing is part of the ongoing discovery, preservation, and exploration of culture at the The Far Field Learning Lab 

If you are a current or prospective student, I hope you will have a look at the English Department at Keene State College and consider joining us in the work of studying the art and humanities—of taking up common texts, examining them from our own experiences and perspectives, and discovering in them the questions about meaning and value that make our lives richer as human beings; of becoming better informed as citizens and members of our communities; and of telling stories, making art, and engaging in the shared labor of thinking and making.

We welcome your interest in our literary and cultural inquiry. If you would like to experience the excitement of studying the poetics of the essay, and the art of writing essays, let me know of your interest and we will consider how you might join us in our reading, thinking, and writing this semester.