Each day, the community of websites devoted to poetry grows and expands. One need only search for the word "poetry" to find millions of websites, ranging from personal blogs to corporate publishers. To help navigate the vast online poetry world, and find the most dependable and exhaustive sites, Poets.org profiles a few of the most necessary sites for both aficionados and practitioners of poetry.
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Beginning with John Berryman’s historic first reading of The Dream Songs on Halloween night, 1963, the Academy of American Poets has presented and recorded over 700 poetry readings, lectures, and symposia, making the Poetry Audio Archive one the world's richest aural records of poetry.
American Poetry Review Photo Records
"For readers looking for the visage behind the verse, the American Poetry Review photo records offers a perfect, and possibly voyeuristic, solution."
"A gallery, archive and radio show featuring a wealth of recordings culled from poetry readings over the past several decades."
"The University of Chicago's contemporary poetry series with archived readings and lectures, as well as the discussions they inspire."
From the Fishouse
"An audio archive showcasing emerging poets reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process."
"Visitors to the site are as likely to download a Renaissance visual poem as they would listen to the MP3 of Louis Farrakhan singing."
A free collection of new recordings by contemporary poets and historic recordings—primarily from the United Kingdom.
Wired for Books
"Home to scores of poetry audio clips, ranging from a reading of Homer’s The Iliad in ancient Greek to poems by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, and John Keats."
Many of the recordings were made during BBC radio interviews, and include exciting discussions with Dylan Thomas, E. E. Cummings, and others.
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Essays on Writing
A wealth of primary sources concerning poetry as a vocation, including pieces on craft, publishing, writing contests, collaborations, and more. There are also book recommendations and interviews with famous poets.
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
"Poets, novelists, essayists—in short, writers of every stripe, every level—can find something useful."
Poets & Writers Online
"One of the leading trade journals for creative-writing professionals."
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
"Dedicated to connecting artists with state agencies that provide funding and assistance."
The InterBoard Poetry Community
"The increasing popularity of online forums means that writers have an expansive environment to share poems, engage in discussions, and participate in virtual workshops."
The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses
"A major resource for independent literary journals and presses with inside information and tips about the industry."
Literary Contest Caution
"From young to old, beginners and experienced alike, many writing hopefuls have found themselves snagged by literary scams."
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National Poetry Map
Search by State to find literary organizations, reading series, conferences, & literary festivals in your area.
Submit an event or browse our national listings by area, date, or featured poet.
Poetic Schools & Movements
Essays and supplementary material exploring more than thirty historic schools and movements, including the Beats, the Harlem, Renaissance, Confessional Poetry, and much more.
Poetic Forms Database
A growing collection of definitive essays on poetic forms and techniques, including an online Poetry Glossary, example poems, related reading, and more.
"The world's largest and fastest growing encyclopedia, recently hitting its one-millionth article mark."
The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
"A number of free, interactive features aid visitors in discovering and appreciating language, contemplating etymologies, or just having fun with words."
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Shmoop Reading Guides
"This supplemental resource is aimed at anyone studying poetry, particularly anyone who might be initially reticent toward the subject."
The Favorite Poem Project
"During the one-year open call for submissions, 18,000 Americans wrote to the project to share their favorite poems—people from ages five to ninety-seven, from every state."
The Poetry Daily website showcases a new poem each day and represents both emerging and eminent poets.
"Striving to encompass the entirety of independent publishing."
"The oldest archive of literature on the web, with over 13,000 free, downloadable titles in thirty-six languages."
The Poetry Foundation
Aside from featuring the work of more than 250 poets, the website also offers select poems from the back issues of their literary journal Poetry.
Poetry4kids and Giggle Poetry
"Step-by-step lessons help children write humorous poems using rhymes, exaggerations, and surprise endings."