Commitment to Privacy
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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 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
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 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
TPF participates in, and has complied with the requirements of, the Safe Harbor principles relating to the EC Directive.
The Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
tel: (312) 787-7070
fax: (312) 787-6650
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.
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.
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.
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
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
General Terms and Conditions
Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved by The Poetry Foundation.
The Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
tel: (312) 787-7070
fax: (312) 787-6650