Privacy Policy & Terms of Use

Welcome to The Poetry Foundation (hereafter, "TPF", “we” or “our”). This Privacy Policy and Terms of Use govern your use of TPF's Internet Websites located at the addresses PoetryFoundation.org, PoetryFoundation.org/foundation, PoetryMagazine.org, and PoetryOutLoud.org (the "Website"). Please review carefully this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

Privacy Policy
Terms of Use

This Privacy Policy may be modified at any time and without notice to you. It is your responsibility to visit this web page frequently to review carefully the current Privacy Policy. Each and every time you access the Website you shall be deemed to have agreed to the then current Privacy Policy.


Privacy Policy

Commitment to Privacy

TPF is committed to protecting your privacy and that of any personal identifying information we may collect through the Website. This Privacy Policy explains why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy.

Information Collected

Personal Information. TPF does not collect any personal identifying information about you except when you specifically and knowingly provide such information. From time to time, TPF may request that you provide us with certain personal identifying information (such as your name, e-mail address, phone number, etc.) in connection with the services and features offered on the Website. For example, when you register or create an account on the Website, we collect your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address, along with any other personal information that you voluntarily provide. You may change or update your personal information by visiting your account page. Persons younger than 13 years of age may not register at the Website without the express written permission of a parent or legal guardian.

Cookies. The Website uses cookies to enhance your experience while using this Website. A cookie is a piece of data stored on your hard drive containing information about you. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on this Website. For instance, by setting a cookie on this Website, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on this Website. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance their experience on this Website. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by configuring your web browser setting. If you refuse the cookie, you may still use this Website, however, your use may be limited in some areas of this Website. If you would like to learn more about cookies, you can do so at www.cookiecentral.com.

IP Addresses. TPF collects the IP address of all users visiting this Website. An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you use the Internet.

Site Usage Tracking. TPF may monitor and analyze your activity on this Website to gather information to determine interest in different areas of this Website.

Other Information Collected. TPF automatically gathers aggregate statistical information about this Website and its visitors, such as browsers used, pages viewed, number of visitors, etc.

Use of the Personal Information

Service Enhancement. All information, including personal identifying information, collected by TPF may be used to personalize your experience and improve the services offered by the Website.

Analysis of Site Behavior.TPF may monitor and analyze your activity on this Website. This information is used to maintain and enhance the quality of the Website. TPF may provide this information to any entity affiliated with TPF in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Use of Personal Information in Aggregate. TPF may use information collected by TPF for purposes of compiling aggregate information on the use of this Website. TPF may provide this information to any entity affiliated with TPF in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Termination Option. Out of respect for the privacy of the users of this Website, TPF offers the option to terminate future communications that were originally requested through this Website. Please see the "User Access to Personal Information" section below.

Cookies. Cookies are used to store and sometimes track your preferences to provide you with customized and personalized services in order to enhance your use of this Website. TPF may provide this information to any entity affiliated with TPF in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

IP Addresses. TPF uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer this Website, track users' movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personal identifying information. TPF may provide this information to any entity affiliated with TPF in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Surveys. At times TPF may conduct surveys on a voluntary and anonymous basis. You are not required to participate in the surveys.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Sharing With Affiliates and Employers. The Personal Information that TPF collects may be shared with any entity affiliated with TPF in accordance with this Privacy Policy for purposes of providing requested services.

Sharing with Third Parties.TPF does not rent or sell your personally identifying information. TPF may share your personal identifying information with companies that assist us in delivering electronic and postal mailings, provide maintenance for the Website, or help facilitate our events. These companies will use your information solely to provide these services to us. We may also, but only with your permission, share the personally identifying information of users who reside within the United States with reputable organizations that offer information and programming that we think may be of interest to you. If you wish for us to share your information for these reasons, please check the "opt-in" box on our sign-up page, or contact us at

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Guidelines for Transfer of Personal Information. TPF will only transfer personal information to third parties consistent with the principles of notice and choice set forth in the European Commission's Directive on Data Protection ("EC Directive"). Where TPF has not provided for a choice, because our use of the personal information is compatible with the purpose for which the data was originally collected or which was disclosed in a notice, TPF will transfer the data to a third-party only if TPF first either (a) ascertains that the third party subscribes to the Safe Harbor principles or is subject to the EC Directive, or (b) enters into a written agreement with such third party requiring that the third party provide at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by the relevant Safe Harbor principles.

Exceptions. Notwithstanding the limitations on transfer of personal information set forth above, TPF will disclose your personal information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on TPF or this Website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of TPF; and (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of employees of TPF, users of this Website, or the public.

Opt-Out

Opt-Out Procedure.Users of this Website are given the opportunity to 'opt-in' to have their information used for purposes not directly related to this Website and may choose to provide information to take advantage of TPF's services related to this Website. You may cancel your 'opt-in,' cancel TPF's services or remove your personal information from TPF's database by either: (a) sending correspondence to the following postal address: The Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654; or (b) sending an e-mail to

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Effect of Opting-Out. Upon receipt of such notification, TPF will, within a commercially reasonable time, either: (a) remove you and your personal information from TPF database (which may affect your ability to use the Website); (b) correct any personal information that you state is erroneous; or (c) permit you to "opt-out" of further e-mail contact (excepting notification of major changes to the service) while still allowing access to this Website; as directed by you.

Links to Third-Party Websites

This Website contains links to facilitate your access to external or third-party Websites. You should be aware that these linked external or third-party Websites are not controlled by TPF and, therefore, are not subject to this Privacy Policy. TPF is not responsible for these other, linked Websites, including the privacy practices of such other Websites. You are responsible for checking the privacy policies of these third party sites to determine how your personal information may be utilized by the proprietors of those third-party Websites. TPF disclaims any and all responsibility and/or liability for the collection and/or transfer of information collected by such other third-party Websites.

Security

This Website has industry standard security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information. All personal information in the public domain will be protected by an industry standard encryption scheme. All information, once received, is stored behind a firewall. However, although TPF has endeavored to create a secure and reliable Website, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted via the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, you should consider carefully if you want to submit sensitive information via the Internet.

User Access to Personal Information

If you desire access to your own personal information, to correct existing personal information, or to remove your personal information, please contact TPF using the contact information provided below. If you request removal of Personal Information, you acknowledge that residual personal information may continue to reside in TPF's records and archives, but TPF will not use that information for a commercial purpose. TPF reserves the right to maintain your personal information if TPF has suspended, limited, or terminated your access to this Website for violating the applicable Terms of Use.

Safe Harbor

TPF participates in, and has complied with the requirements of, the Safe Harbor principles relating to the EC Directive.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the operation of this Website, or your dealings with us, you can contact us at:

The Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
tel: (312) 787-7070
fax: (312) 787-6650


Terms of Use

These Terms of Use may be modified at any time and without notice to you. It is your responsibility to visit this web page frequently to review carefully the current Terms of Use, which govern your continued use of the Website. Each and every time you access the Website you shall be deemed to have agreed to the then current Terms of Use.

Your use of this Website is at the sole discretion of TPF. We may deny you access to this Website or any portion thereof at any time, without notice and with or without cause. If you do not agree to these Terms of Use your sole recourse is to leave the Website.

Intellectual Property

You acknowledge and agree that all content included on or through the Website, including, but not limited to, text, graphics, videos, logos, buttons, icons, images, software and the selection and arrangement thereof (collectively, “Materials”), is the property of TPF or its licensors and are subject to and protected by United States and international copyright and other intellectual property laws and rights. All rights to the Materials not expressly granted in this Agreement are reserved to their respective copyright owners. Except as expressly authorized by this Agreement or on the Website, you may not copy, reproduce, distribute, republish, download, perform, display, post, transmit, exploit, create derivative works or otherwise use any of the Materials in any form or by any means, without the prior written authorization of TPF or the respective copyright owner. TPF authorizes you to view and download the Materials only for personal, non-commercial use, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices contained in the original Materials.

The names “The Poetry Foundation,” “Poetry Magazine,” “Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute,” and other trademarks, logos and indicia of source displayed on the Website (collectively, "Trademarks") are owned by TPF or their respective trademark owners. The Trademarks may not be used in connection with any product or service that does not belong to TPF or in any manner that is likely to cause confusion about whether TPF is the source, sponsor, or endorser of the product or service and may not be used in any manner that disparages or discredits TPF.

Favoriting Feature. The Website includes a feature that allows registered users to select and designate certain poems available on the Website as “favorites.” This feature is available to registered users solely for personal, non-commercial use. It may not be used as a substitute for anthologies, compilations or coursebooks in the classroom or for any similar purpose. Accordingly, you may not share your account information (i.e., username and password) for the purpose of sharing or distributing your favorites list with others.

User Content and Posting Guidelines

Certain pages on the Website allow users to post comments, engage in discussions and/or participate in public forums. Any information that you post on the Website may be seen by anyone on the Internet. When posting information on the Website, use good taste when discussing sensitive topics and treat others with respect. In addition, when posting information and media on the Website you must not:

  • Post or transmit any message, information, data, text, software, link, image or other content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortuous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene or otherwise objectionable or which may invade another person’s right of privacy or publicity;
  • Upload or transmit any material that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party or otherwise post content that does not belong to you;
  • Impersonate any person or entity or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with such a person or entity;
  • Post or transmit any unsolicited advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail,” “spam,” “chain letters,” “pyramid schemes” or any other form of solicitation;
  • Post or upload personal information, pictures, videos or any other media of another person without their express permission;
  • Delete or revise any material posted by any other person or entity; or
  • Post or upload any content or information unless it is your own work or creation or you have acquired any necessary license, authorization or permission needed to post or upload such information or content.

Any user failing to comply with these guidelines may be expelled from, and refused continued access to the public forums on the Website in the future. TPF or its designated agents may remove or alter any user-created content at any time for any reason. Materials posted and/or uploaded to the various public forums may be subject to size and usage limitations. You are responsible for adhering to such limitations. TPF expressly disclaims all responsibility and endorsement and make no representation as to the validity of any opinion, advice, information or statement made or displayed in these forums by third parties, nor are we responsible for any errors or omissions in such postings, or for hyperlinks embedded in any messages. Under no circumstances will TPF, its affiliates, licensors, suppliers or agents be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on information obtained through these forums. The opinions expressed in these forums are solely the opinions of the participants, and do not reflect the opinions of TPF. TPF has no obligation whatsoever to monitor any of the content or postings on the message boards, chat rooms or other public forums. However, you acknowledge and agree that we reserve the right to monitor the same at our sole discretion. In addition, we reserve the right to alter, edit, refuse to post or remove any postings or content, in whole or in part, for any reason and to disclose such materials and the circumstances surrounding their transmission to any third party in order to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request and to protect ourselves, our sponsors, users and visitors.

You further agree to grant TPF a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to store, use, transmit, display, publish, reproduce, or otherwise distribute your comments without limitation, as well as to make such additional uses of them as may be needed by TPF or any affiliated entity.

Links to the Website, Frames and Metatags

You may not link to the home page of the Website in any way that might cast TPF in a false or misleading light. You may not frame the Website content so that it is viewed on another site. You may not use metatags or any other "hidden text" that incorporates the name “The Poetry Foundation” or the Trademarks without our express written consent.

Linked Websites

This Website may contain hyperlinks to sites owned and operated by parties other than TPF. Such hyperlinks are provided only for ready reference and ease of use. We do not control such Websites and are not responsible for their contents. The inclusion of hyperlinks on our Website does not mean that we endorse or approve of any third party site to which you may have access through the linked Websites. We accept no liability for any information, products or services contained in, or which may be linked to through, these third party sites or for any action you may take as a result of linking to any such site. Each of the sites to which you may link are likely to set forth specific terms and conditions of use that you should review. Please review the terms of use and privacy policy of any linked site.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless TPF, its directors, officers, employees, agents, licensors, attorneys, independent contractors, providers, subsidiaries, and affiliates (collectively, “TPF and Affiliates”) from and against any and all claim, loss, expense, or demand or liability, including attorneys' fees and costs, incurred by TPF and Affiliates arising out of (i) any claim by a third party relating to the posting, distribution, modification, or alteration by you of any content, or (ii) your use of the Website in violation of these Terms of Use or in violation of any applicable law.

You agree to cooperate with us as reasonably required in the defense of any such claims. TPF and Affiliates reserve the right, at their own expense, to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, and you shall not in any event settle any such claim or matter without the written consent of TPF.

Security

The Internet is an open network that is not secure. There is an inherent risk that any transmission via the Internet may be intercepted, modified, misdirected, or not be delivered to the intended recipient. There is also an inherent risk that information stored on a computer connected to the Internet may be accessed without authorization. Although we take reasonable means to protect the security of the information communicated through the Website, no Internet-connected computer system can be made absolutely secure from intrusion. We, therefore, cannot and do not guarantee that information displayed on our Website has not been modified by others without authorization or that information communicated by you to us will be received or that it will not be altered before or after its transmission to us. If you elect to use this Website to communicate with us, you do so at your own risk.

If you access the Website by registering and creating an account, you must complete the registration process by creating a username and password and providing TPF with current, complete and accurate information, as prompted by the applicable registration form. You are solely responsible for guarding the secrecy of your username and its related password. We encourage you to change your password frequently. Although by diligence and care you may reduce the risk of unauthorized use of your username and password, such risk may not be eliminated. Again, we are not responsible for unauthorized access to the Website; if you elect to use this Website, you, and you alone, have assumed the risk of doing so.

Privacy

We are committed to respecting your privacy and that of the information you provide to us. By using this Website, you consent to the processing of personal information about you as described in the Privacy Policy for this Website, which is hereby incorporated by reference within these Terms of Use.

WE TAKE REASONABLE AND APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT INFORMATION PROVIDED BY YOU IS USED CONSISTENT WITH THE PRIVACY POLICY. HOWEVER, THE INTERNET IS AN OPEN SYSTEM AND WE CANNOT AND DO NOT GUARANTEE THAT PERSONAL INFORMATION ENTERED BY YOU WILL NOT BE MISAPPROPRIATED, INTERCEPTED, MODIFIED, DELETED, DESTROYED, OR USED BY OTHERS. YOU AGREE NOT TO HOLD THE POETRY FOUNDATION AND ITS AFFILIATES LIABLE FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SORT INCURRED AS A RESULT OF ANY SUCH MISAPPROPRIATION, INTERCEPTION, MODIFICATION, DELETION, DESTRUCTION, OR USE OF INFORMATION PROVIDED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notification of Alleged Copyright Infringement.

TPF avails itself of the protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. We reserve the right to remove any content or links that allegedly infringe another person's copyright. Pursuant to Title 17, United States Code, Section 512(c)(2), notifications of claimed copyright infringement should be sent to our Designated Agent:

Service Provider: The Poetry Foundation
Designated Agent: Web master
Address: 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Telephone: (312) 787-7070
Facsimile: (312) 787-6650
E-Mail:

To be effective, the notification must be a written communication to the Designated Agent that includes substantially the following:

(a) A physical or electronic signature of person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed;

(b) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site;

(c) Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Foundation to locate the material;

(d) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the Foundation to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted;

(e) A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and

(f) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Removal of Poems / Destruction of Copies

In the event that TPF elects to remove a poem or any other content previously published on the Website, a notice of such removal may be posted on the Website with a request that users of the Website destroy any copies of a poem so identified that a user may have made. You agree to destroy or erase any such copy, if TPF requests that you do so.

Warranty and Liability Disclaimer

THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED AS IS AND WITH ALL FAULTS. WE GIVE NO WARRANTIES IN RESPECT OF THIS WEBSITE WHATSOEVER.

ALL INFORMATION CONTAINED ON OR WHICH MAY BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH THIS WEBSITE IS PROVIDED WITHOUT GUARANTEES OF COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY OR TIMELINESS AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED. TPF DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS WEBSITE, OR ANY OTHERS WEBSITE THAT MAY BE LINKED TO THROUGH THIS WEBSITE, WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, ERROR FREE, FREE OF VIRUSES, DEFECTS OR HARMFUL COMPONENTS, COMPATIBLE WITH YOUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT OR FIT FOR ANY PURPOSE.

TPF IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR AND EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND, WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL, COMPENSATORY, ACTUAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR EXEMPLARY, ARISING OUT OF USE, REFERENCE TO OR RELIANCE ON ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED ON OR THROUGH THIS WEBSITE.

Remedies for Misuse

You agree that any unauthorized use of the Website or its contents may cause TPF and Affiliates immediate and irreparable harm for which money damages may not constitute an adequate remedy. You further agree that injunctive relief, in addition to any other remedies available, may be warranted in order to enforce these Terms of Use. You further understand that unauthorized use of the Website may expose you to civil and criminal liability and that we may report violations of these Terms of Use to and cooperate fully with the appropriate law enforcement authorities concerning any violations hereof.

IN ADDITION TO ANY OTHER REMEDY AVAILABLE, YOU AGREE AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IN THE EVENT THAT YOU WILLFULLY BREACH ANY OF THESE TERMS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO AMENDING OR MODIFYING THE CONTENT OR UNAUTHORIZED COPYING, MODIFYING, DOWNLOADING OR REPRODUCING ANY PORTION OF THE WEBSITE OR THE SOFTWARE IN VIOLATION OF THESE TERMS OF USE, THEN YOU SHALL BE LIABLE TO TPF FOR LIQUIDATED DAMAGES IN THE AMOUNT OF $5,000 PER VIOLATION. IN NO EVENT SHALL LIABILITY FOR LIQUIDATED DAMAGES PRECLUDE LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR ANY OTHER REMEDY.

Governing Law

These Terms of Use, including the Privacy Policy incorporated by reference, and any claim or dispute relating to it will be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois applicable to contracts made and performed there without regard to its conflicts of law principles.

Termination

We reserve the right to terminate these Terms of Use, including the Privacy Policy incorporated by reference, at any time without notice for any reason or for no reason, including for any user's violation of any of the provisions of the Terms of Use. The Limitation of Liability and Governing Law sections of these Terms of Use shall survive any such termination.

General Terms and Conditions

If any part of these Terms of Use is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the Terms of Use shall continue in effect.

These Terms of Use constitute the entire agreement between you and TPF and Affiliates with respect to this Website and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral, or written, between the you and TPF and Affiliates with respect to this Website. A printed version of this agreement and of any notice given in electronic form shall be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

The captions used in these Terms of Use appear solely for convenience and such captions do not constitute any part of the Terms of Use.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by The Poetry Foundation.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the operation of this Website, or your dealings with us, you can contact us at:

The Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
tel: (312) 787-7070
fax: (312) 787-6650

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