resources for poets

Poetry: Everyone Should Try It
Basic poetry writing tips for young writers from Sit Down and Write. A special thank you to Amelia (young poet) and her mother for sharing this link.

Favorite Poem Project
The Favorite Poem Project is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry’s role in our lives. Robert Pinsky, the 39th Poet Laureate of the United States, founded the Favorite Poem Project shortly after the Library of Congress appointed him to the post in 1997.

Mr. Murray’s Literature Page
This website provides access to resources that will better help you analyze and understand prose and poetry.

Online courses in poetry.

Split This Rock
Split This Rock explores and celebrates the many ways that poetry can act as an agent for change: reaching across differences, considering personal and social responsibility, asserting the centrality of the right to free speech, bearing witness to the diversity and complexity of human experience through language, imagining a better world.

Poetry 180
A poem a day for high school students, hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003

From the Fishhouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets
Free online audio archive showcases emerging poets (defined for this purpose as poets with fewer than two published books of poetry at the time of submission) reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process. Our mission is to use online technology and other media to provide the public with greater access to the voices of emerging poets, and to provide an educational resource to students and teachers of contemporary poetry.

Key West Literary Seminar
Key West Literary Seminar is to promote the understanding and discussion of important literary works and their authors; to recognize and support new voices in American literature; and to preserve and promote Key West’s literary heritage while providing resources that strengthen literary culture.

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Asian American literature. Kundiman creates an affirming and rigorous space where Asian American writers can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively what legacy we will leave for our future generations as individuals and as a community.

Library of Congress Poetry & Literature Site
The Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. To this end, the Center administers the endowed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry position, coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures, conferences, and symposia, and sponsors high-profile prizes and fellowships for literary writers.

PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives. For an overview of PennSound — including a discussion of the project’s pedagogical implications.

Poems Out Loud
Poems Out Loud features columns and recorded readings by well-known and award-winning poets as well as general poetry news and ephemera. The name of the site was inspired by the anthology edited by Robert Pinsky called Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud.

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.

Academy of American Poets
The organization’s mission is to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry.

Poetry Society of America
The Poetry Society of America, the nation’s oldest poetry organization, was founded in 1910. Its mission is to build a larger and more diverse audience for poetry, to encourage a deeper appreciation of the vitality and breadth of poetry in the cultural conversation, to support poets through an array of programs and awards, and to place poetry at the crossroads of American life

This list will be regularly updated, so please check back.