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Archives and Collections

Academy of American Poets
Offers an extensive "literary gallery" featuring poems and recorded readings by well-known 20th-Century poets both living and dead, accompanied by essays, biographies, bibliographies, and photos.
Alt-X Publishing Network
Offers several collections of fiction, including one devoted to "anti-censorship fiction" and another devoted to works of hypertext. Also many essays and columns and an archive of audio programs that are broadcast every week on the Web as streaming audio. The site's director, Mark Amerika, is a proponent of the "Avant-Pop" style. This is one of the most thriving Web sites for new writing.
Ann Arbor Poetry Forum
Audio recordings from readings in and around Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Books.com Poetry Exhibit
Selections from printed poetry books available through the on-line bookstore Books.com, sponsor of this site. Includes work by some contemporary poets.
The East Village Poetry Web
Poetry meant to bridge the East Coasts of Asia and the USA.
Electronic Poetry Center
A multifaceted resource devoted to experimental poetry. Features an Author Home Page Library containing work by and writings about modern poets, including Amiri Baraka, Charles Bernstein, Robert Creeley, Richard Kostelanetz, and Jerome Rothenberg. There is an archive of audio files containing readings and recorded broadcasts of LINEbreak, Charles Bernstein's radio series devoted to literary artists. The site also hosts a magazine, a collaborative poem project, and other literary endeavors. Produced by the University at Buffalo.
Free Speech Internet Television
This huge repository of on-line audio and video productions contains a good selection of poetry videos and audio recordings.
GO! Poetry
Extensive collection of on-line audio and video recordings made from New York City poetry performances. Also live chat sessions.
Provides a home for a wide variety of poetry publications, including complete chapbooks and miscellaneous works of visual poetry. Hosts sites for many literary magazines and several small presses. Emphasis on experimental poetry.
Internet Poetry Archive
An on-line anthology of selected works by well-known poets, including Philip Levine, Czeslaw Milosz, Seamus Heaney, and Robert Pinsky are included. Features both printed texts and audio recordings of the poets' works.
The Language of Life
A selection of poems from the PBS TV series hosted by Bill Moyers. Work by Robert Bly, Carolyn Forché, Robert Hass, Gary Snyder, Adrienne Rich, and many others.
Light and Dust Mobile Anthology of Poetry
A large archive of mostly experimental poetry, including visual poetry. There are complete books by Theodore Enslin, Maureen Owen, and many others, some previously published in paper and now out of print. Hosted by the GRIST On-Line site.
Literature Online
Chadwyck-Healey’s huge searchable database of literature is devoted mostly to public-domain material but includes the work of over 100 20th-Century British poets and some contemporary American poets. Subscriptions are aimed at libraries and range from about $900 to $20,000. The site also hosts a writer-in-residence page that is accessible to the public for free.
A Little Poetry
Contemporary poetry from around the world, mostly by lesser-known writers. Some work has been previously published. There are several collections here, some grouped by themes such as "love" or "humor," and a "Wondrous Wins" page displays the most popular poems of the month, determined by visitor votes.
The Multiple Poetics Project
A collection of collaborative writings, encouraging contributions from readers. "Every page is a work-in-progress and will grow, change, disappear with time."
OzLit (Australian Literature)
This resource site for Australian literature includes a repository of poetry and fiction by Australians.
Poetry Cafe
Collections of poetry. Readers have the option of browsing the collection by author or of using the Poetry Reload feature to randomly display a poem from the site.
Poetic Express
Poetry Daily
Each day this site features a poem selected from a printed book or magazine. All selections are archived for a year. Features both well-known and lesser-known poets. Most offerings have links to Amazon.com to let readers order the book the poem was taken from.
Poetry in Motion
The Poetry Society of America and the MTA New York City Transit sponsor the Poetry in Motion project, which puts poems on posters in subway cars and buses. The Web site provides a selection of these in graphical format, and even lets you e-mail them to friends as "electronic postcards." Some contain recordings of the poems being read. Features contemporary and Classic poems.
Poetry Project at St. Mark's
Includes a small collection of poems by writers associated with the project.
Room Temperature
Stories, poems, essays, interviews, and reviews.
Skylands Writers and Artists Association
Excerpts from books of poetry and fiction by New Jersey authors, including Stephen Dunn and Daniela Gioseffi. Also books reviews.
Spunk Press
This site houses documents of all types "with an emphasis on anarchism and related issues." Includes some fiction and a collection of poetry by Jackson Mac Low, Jerome Rothenberg, Carol Berge, Theodore Enslin, and many others.
Storytellers: Native American Authors Online
This extensive directory of Native American poets includes samples of work by most of the represented authors, as well as links to their work at other Web sites. Also biographies, bibliographies, photos, and reading schedules.
UbuWeb Visual, Concrete, & Sound Poetry
Contemporary and historical visual poetry and sound poetry, including some kinetic work.
Web del Sol
Offers selections from print publications by featured writers, including David Ignatow, Bradford Morrow, Robert Olen Butler, and Madison Smartt Bell. Hosts sites for a number of fine literary magazines.


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