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Poetry Compendia

These are sites that collect and archive English-language poetry. Some of them encourage poets to upload their own work. The International section  contains sites that collect and archive English-language poetry from around the world. The section after that contains sites of national organizations and national poetry collections - listed together because the former so often create and maintain the latter.

Voices Israel members: this is your resource list! If you know about a cool resource that you think deserves a place in this list - or a category we haven't covered yet - just drop a line to our Webmistress and we'll check it out (the final decision about whether to include a link rests with Voices).


The Poetry Kit -

A U.K. site which offers an extensive listing of poetry events, competitions and magazines from around the English-speaking world: the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Africa, India. It also includes  lists of publishers, poetry organizations, grants, workshops and courses, and much more.

A new service currently under development is to enable any poet to create a page of their own on Poetry Kit's new Who's Who including poems, bio, publication links.

A U.S. site run by Rick Lupert.  PSH welcomes English-language poets and poetry from any country. Runs an annual poetry contest, a "poetry exchange", various services such as a daily "poetry writing prompt" and a huge directory of resources. Features two poets a week; maintains a large archive of submitted poems and poets; encourages poets to add to the directory a link to their own website. "The mission of the Poetry Super Highway is to expose as many people to as many other people's poetry as possible."

Because this site is equally a resource site for writing tools (lists of poets, poetry resources, publishers, online publications; offers a bookstore) and a large compendium of poetry, it is included both here and in the "Writing Tools" section.

A site for publishing poetry worldwide –statistics from 2014 (the latest available) claim over 105,000 poets and about one and a quarter million poems on-site. Visitors from a country - e.g. Israel - are automatically directed to a country home page featuring English-language poems and popular poets from that country, but the whole site is accessible from each country page.

Features a large number of “classical” poets from Shakespeare on, but includes also new and emerging poets and encourages poets to send in their work.

Free registration as a member entitles you to your own “poetry page” where you can collect and organize the content, such as links to favorite poets.

The Poetry Archive -

A not-for-profit U.K. organization that makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online. It is funded by Arts Council England, as well as a number of charitable trusts and foundations and individual donors. Designated as ‘a vital heritage resource’ by the British Library, the Archive includes both classic poems from the past read by contemporary poets, and the work of contemporary poets, read by themselves.

An organization maintained by an international literary foundation based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The website offers thousands of poems by acclaimed modern poets from all around the world, in the original language and in translation. It currently features poets and poems from 18 countries, both English-speaking (USA, UK, Australia, Ireland, India) and others (e.g. Burma, Chile, China, Italy, Japan, Russia, Zimbabwe, and including Israel).

In addition, it contains information about the annual Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam and other activities run by Poetry International, along with news, articles, audio and video recordings, interviews and links to other poetry organizations.

The Poetry Foundation -

This is primarily a U.S.-focused organization. It offers several poetry competitions and prizes.

The site hosts a very large number of single poems and collections of poems, information about individual poets, and audio recordings of poets reading their work, together with lists of the Foundation’s events and exhibitions (in the U.S.), and a link to its major publication, Poetry Magazine. The poems and poets are browsable by genre or searchable by name. It is unclear whether this archive includes non-U.S. poets or whether it is purely national.

National Organizations and Compendia

This section contains both organizations and poetry archives/compendia that are national-only in scope (and usually maintained by a national organization).

The Academy of American Poets and -, the website of the Academy of American Poets, is an online resource for poems, poets' biographies, essays about poetry, and resources for K-12 teachers.

The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization advocating for American poets and poetry. It offers many programs and publications besides this website: mainly focused on American poetry but the resources on the site are open to all. In addition, the Academy coordinates the Poetry Coalition, an alliance of more than 20 poetry organizations across the United States.

The Poetry Society of America

The Poetry Society’s 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.”

While national only in its outreach, its website offers lists of poetry magazines, poetry publishers (books and chapbooks) and poetry contests (separately for: single poems, books, and chapbooks). Unhappily, they do not seem to keep these lists updated – a large number of the contests listed led to “dead” links (sites or pages no longer available).

Poets & Writers

Claims to be the USA’s largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers. Its mission is “to foster the professional development of poets and writers, to promote communication throughout the literary community, and to help create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.”

The organization offers a magazine; an information-rich website; a database of literary magazines that accept submissions (see below): a similar database of contests, grants and awards; and sponsorship of several notable writing prizes and awards.

The Poetry Society (UK)

Publishes 'Poetry Review' and 'Poetry News'. Operates the Poetry Place cafe and performance venue in Covent Garden, London. Organizes National Poetry Day and numerous competitions and prizes, including the annual National Poetry Competition. 

The National Poetry Library -

Situated in central London, the physical library claims to have the largest public collection of modern poetry in the world. Online, it has a large (200,000) searchable collection of poems; lists competitions and events; lists of UK poetry publishers and poetry magazines; and a service for finding the origin of “lost” quotations from poems.