For Immediate Release

Poetry Foundation Launches Android and iPad Editions of Free POETRY App

Popular app now available on wider range of devices with updated features  

July 27, 2011

CHICAGO — The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is pleased to announce that its POETRY app is now available for the first time for Android and iPad. The free app has been updated for all mobile devices, including the iPhone.

The updated POETRY app now offers audio versions of many of the 1,700-plus poems included in its virtual poetry library, links to biographies of poets whose work is featured in the app, source information for each poem, and newly added poetry from Francisco Aragon, Rita Dove, Carolyn Kizer, J. Patrick Lewis, and Michael Palmer, among others. Users can browse by poet, mood, subject, or audio availability. Text size may also be increased according to preference.

The iPad edition of the POETRY app includes all of the features available on Androids and iPhones, as well as free digital editions of Poetry magazine. When connected to the Internet, iPad users can download and read the three most recent issues of Poetry as they appeared in print. Electronic editions of the magazine can then be stored in iBook or other e-reader software, allowing app users to read these issues offline at any time. iPad users can also find links to older issues of the magazine, the entire archive of which is available at poetryfoundation.org. The iPad edition of the POETRY app takes advantage of the large-screen format by offering a full-screen view of poems in landscape or portrait orientation.

“Now available on all major mobile devices, the popular POETRY app delivers poetry with ease to even larger audiences, allowing more readers to experience and discover new poetry,” said Catherine Halley, editor of poetryfoundation.org. “With additional audio components and free digital editions of Poetry magazine, the iPad edition takes the poetry e-reading experience to a new level.”

First released on the iPhone in May 2010, the unique POETRY app offers hundreds of well-known poems by contemporary and classic poets, including Lucille Clifton, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Heather McHugh, Pablo Neruda, William Shakespeare, César Vallejo, and many, many others; easy access to new poems from the pages of Poetry magazine; a searchable database of poems to suit any mood or occasion; a folder for saving favorite poems; the capacity to share poems with friends through e-mail and social media; and an engaging, user-friendly interface.

Called “essential” by New York Times reviewer Bob Tedeschi, the POETRY app is updated regularly with new poets and poems so that app subscribers are always discovering new poetry. The app is free to download and use.

Download the POETRY app for Android.
Download the POETRY app for iPads and iPhones.

Learn more about the app and its original release.

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About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, 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 poetryfoundation.org.

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