The Academy of American Poets: For Educators
Free poetry resources for teachers.
EdSITEment Literature and Language Arts
Lesson plans and links
Favorite Poem Project: Poetry Lesson Plans
Emphasizing reading and appreciation.
Language for a New Century
Course materials .
British website devoted to integrating poetry into the classroom; offers lesson plans, assessment advice, and training courses in the UK.
Lesson plans and web resources for students and teachers, organized around IRA/NCTE Standards for the English Language Arts.
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.
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.
Writers in the Schools
Home page of popular program; includes resources for teachers, WITS blog, and links to publication opportunities for students.
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.
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.
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.
Poetry Center at San Francisco State University
The reading series, is one of the longest-running such programs in the US. Includes the American Poetry Archives, approaching 5,000 hours of original audio and video recordings, available online at The Poetry Center Digital Archive.
Comprehensive site for avant-garde and conceptual poetry and poetics; includes hundreds of audio files, short videos, and e-text resources.
92nd Street Y Reading Series
Webcasts of prestigious New York reading series.
Other organizations and festivals
Cave Canem Foundation
A home for the many voices of African American poetry, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
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.
Dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature, Kundiman offers a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories.
The literary initiative at Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, which seeks to enhance the visibility, appreciation, and study of Latino literature both on and off the campus.
Supports poets and poetry in Massachusetts to transform people’s lives through inspiring verse, with programs, readings, and an annual poetry festival.
National Student Poets Program/Alliance for Young Artists and Writers
The Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the nation’s highest honor for young poets (grades 10–11) creating original work. Annually, five students are selected for one year of service, each representing a different geographic region of the country.
O, Miami Festival
Expands and advances literary culture in Greater Miami, Florida area with a visiting writer series, a poetry festival, a publishing imprint, and other programs.
A comfortable, accessible place for poetry in downtown Manhattan, offering a library and meeting place, and events and readings. Poets House seeks to document the wealth and diversity of modern poetry, to stimulate dialogue on issues of poetry in culture, and to cultivate a wider audience for poetry.
Split This Rock Poetry Festival
Cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. Hosts festivals, readings, workshops, and offers programming for youth.
Wick Poetry Festival
University of Arizona Poetry Center
A large poetry library, reading space, and living archive, founded to maintain and cherish the spirit of poetry. Promotes poetic literacy and sustains, enriches, and advances a diverse literary culture.