Online Resources

Partner Sites

Poetry Out Loud
Guidelines, announcements, and poems for the national high school recitation contest.

WGBH Teachers’ Domain
Resources from public television on a variety of topics, including videos and lesson plans for teaching poetry to grades K–12. Free registration required.

PBS NewsHour Extra
Videos of poets reading and discussing their work, segments on poetry and contemporary culture, poet profiles, and teaching tips.

The Poetry Archive UK
Recordings of poets reading their work. Includes historic archive, children’s archive, poet in residence blog, lesson plans, and activities.

General Poetry Sites

The Academy of American Poets
Poems, poet biographies, interviews, recordings, and essays. Includes a newsletter and events calendar, academy resources, discussion forum, a poet’s workshop of exercises, and teaching ideas.

American Verse Project
Full texts of volumes of American poetry pre-1920.

Arts Edge (Kennedy Center)
A variety of lesson plans, exercises, and guidelines for incorporating poetry into K–12 classrooms. Links found under “thinkfinity” feature.

BBC Poetry
The British Broadcasting Company’s poetry site. Poems, poets’ biographies, videos, and writing and performance tips from contemporary poets.

Contemporary American Poetry Archive
Full texts of out-of-print volumes of contemporary poetry.

Electronic Poetry Center (SUNY Buffalo)
Gateway for sites and resources related to innovative poetry. Extensive links to poets, digital projects, and publications.

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature
Medieval, Renaissance, 17th-century, and Restoration poets. Poems, biographies, and critical essays.

Modern American Poetry
Extensive material on poets included in Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford). Manuscripts, brief critical essays, historical backgrounds, biographies, interviews, and sample syllabi.

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature - A Research and Reference Guide
Pages on American authors include bibliographies, biographies, and outside links. Information on literary movements and definitions, writing assignments, and historical perspectives.

Paris Review Interview Archive
Index of the Paris Review’s author interviews from the 1950s to 2000s. A selection are available as full-text PDFs.

Poetry Daily
Anthology features one new contemporary poem each day, selected from current journals and books. Includes an archive of past selections.

Poetry International
International poets searchable by country or name. Poems in original language and translation, biographies, articles, and recordings.

Poetry Speaks
Features recordings of classics and spoken-word poets, video animations of poems, and a site to upload and share recordings of original poetry.

Poets’ Corner
Includes work by roughly 800 poets. Individual poems and a selection of book-length collections, including anthologies.

Representative Poetry Online
Collection of poetry from Old English to the present day. Includes a glossary, timeline, and selection of criticism.

The Poetry Resource Page
Information for poets: contests, programs, and links to secondary sources. Lesson plans for teaching beginning and intermediate poetry courses.

Teacher-specific resources

The Academy of American Poets: For Educators
Extensive range of free poetry resources for teachers.

EdSITEment Literature and Language Arts
Lesson plans and links for literature classes, grades K–12.

Favorite Poem Project: Poetry Lesson Plans
Lesson plans based on the Favorite Poem Project, emphasizing reading and appreciation.

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program
Official site of annual Dodge Poetry Festival; contains overview of Poetry-in-the-Schools program and information for teachers, poets, and students.

Language for a New Century
Course materials to complement the ground-breaking print anthology dedicated to Contemporary poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and beyond.

Poetry Class
British website devoted to integrating poetry into the classroom; offers lesson plans, assessment advice, and training courses in the UK.

Readwritethink
Lesson plans and web resources for students and teachers, organized around IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts.

Teacher Vision
Activity ideas and lesson plans for elementary students; first three articles free, thereafter membership required.

Teachers and Writers Collaborative
Insights, practices, and techniques from professional writers and educators; includes information on TW Collaborative in-school and professional development programs.

ThinkCERCA
A Common Core State Standards literacy resource for teachers who want to incorporate poetry and other genres to help students learn to read closely, think critically, and develop powerful arguments.

Web English Teacher
Collection of links to activities and lesson plans based on specific types of poetry and specific poets.

Writers in the Schools
Home page of popular program; includes resources for teachers, WITS blog, and links to publication opportunities for students.

Single-poet archives

Dickinson Electronic Archives
Collection of digital facsimiles of Dickinson’s poetry and correspondence, emphasizing her process of composition; includes links to secondary sources.

The Classroom Electric
Whitman, Dickinson, and American culture; provides links to thematically based sites with text and discussion questions. For upper-level/college grade levels.

Walt Whitman Archive
Includes e-text and facsimile versions of all editions of Leaves of Grass; contemporary reviews and correspondence; and extended biography and bibliography with links.

Audiovisual archives

From the Fishhouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets
Audio archive of emerging poets reading and in conversation.

Key West Literary Seminar: Audio Archives
Digitized recordings of past readings, panels, and discussions from the Key West Literary Seminar.

Library of Congress poetry site
Comprehensive site for Poet Laureate and related Library of Congress programs; includes webcasts of laureates and Witter Bynner fellows.

National Council of Teachers’ Teaching Resource Collections
Resources for English teachers including lesson plans, discussion forums, and professional development opportunities.

Seattle Arts & Lectures
Calendar and archives of long-running Seattle lecture series; contains information on Writers-in-the-Schools and Wednesday University programs.

PENNSound
Largest collection of poetry audio files on the Internet; includes readings, conversations, and lectures in downloadable mp3 format.

Poem Present: Readings and Lectures
Streamed audio/video of University of Chicago’s distinguished reading and lecture series.

UbuWeb
Comprehensive site for avant-garde and conceptual poetry and poetics; includes hundreds of audio files, short videos, and e-text resources.

W.W. Norton: Poems Out Loud
Sponsored by W.W. Norton; features mp3 files of individual poems, video streaming, and a poetry blog.

92nd Street Y Reading Series
Webcasts of prestigious New York reading series.


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