For Immediate Release
Poetry Foundation Relaunches Website
Updated site features better navigation, expanded archive, and added content
April 8, 2011
CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is pleased to announce a redesign of its award-winning website. Audiences are invited to explore the updated site at www.poetryfoundation.org, which now features the full archive of Poetry magazine dating back to 1912 and a richer, faster browsing experience, among other improvements.
Reaching over half a million unique monthly visitors, poetryfoundation.org boasts a browsable archive of more than 10,000 poems and 1,800 poets. The new site makes finding poems and poets even easier with multiple search categories. Users can now conduct very specific queries—find, for example, that spring-themed 19th-century poem that mentions England—and share their findings with friends.
In addition to making specific poems simpler to find, the user-friendly site makes new poetry even easier to discover, offering poem recommendations via a dynamic browsing carousel on the sidebar of each page. Plus, regular users of the site may now register and keep a list of their favorite poems and poets at their virtual fingertips.
Parents will find an expanded children’s section, with monthly book picks from the children’s poet laureate. These picks—and all books mentioned throughout www.poetryfoundation.org—will now directly link to a site that allows readers to buy or borrow the books mentioned.
In advance of Poetry's centennial, the entire archive of the magazine will be available on the site for the first time. With PDFs of poems dating back to 1912, users will be able to see some of the most recognizable poems of the 20th century—like T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” —as they were originally presented in the magazine. On Harriet, the Foundation blog, the editors of Poetry will highlight poems and prose from the historical archive and offer fresh perspectives and content that complements the current print issue, as well as take closer looks at other aspects of the magazine, including its cover art.
“In the five years since the original website launched, it has grown enormously—both in content and in audience. The new site makes improvements in both areas,” said online editor Catherine Halley. “We’ve made poems and poets structurally central to the site and, with our dynamic new browsing tool, users will be directed to additional material from our archive. All together, the new design and updated features will allow the site to reach a wider audience and introduce more people to poetry.”
Visit www.poetryfoundation.org to explore the new site and become a registered user.
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About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit www.poetryfoundation.org.