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Poetry can take many forms. Learning poetry connects us with our emotions and the world around us. These resources are intended to serve as a source for you to further explore and learn about poetry.


Academy of American Poets: Founded in 1934, the Academy supports American poets at all stages of their careers and foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry through awards and the National Poetry Month celebration.

Dodge Poetry Foundation: The foundation hosts the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival, which is one of the largest poetry events in North America.

National Student Poets Program: As part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, five students are selected by a distinguished jury of poets and literary professionals to serve as poetry ambassadors for one year in each of their regions of the country.

Poetry Foundation: With the prestigious Poetry Magazine as its flagship publication, the foundation pursues its mission to celebrate and share the best poetry with the largest audiences through a variety of programs.

Poetry Out Loud: A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud™ is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students across the country.

Poetry Society of America: A membership-based organization, the PSA supports poets and poetry through twelve annual awards contests, chapbook fellowships, and national events. In addition, the PSA inaugurated POETRY IN MOTIOAs the oldest

Poets House: This organization has one of the most comprehensive collection of poetry books in the U.S. and hosts the annual Poets House Showcase of new poetry volumes.

Teach Living Poets: A web site devoted to broadening the scope of poets taught in schools and providing lessons and prompts for students and teachers.

Young Chicago Authors: Known for their annual Louder Than a Bomb spoken word poetry competition for high school students, the organization nurtures creative development in youth through workshops, readings, and performances.


Beltway Poetry Quarterly: An online literary magazine features poetry from Washington, DC area authors.

Busboys and Poets: A Washington, DC based community gathering place.

Fall for the Book Based at George Mason University, Fall for the Book is an independent non-profit literary arts organization that promotes reading by sponsoring a variety of year-round events and activities, the flagship of which is the Fall for the Book festival held each October.

Poetry Daily: is an anthology of contemporary poetry through a partnership between the Daily Poetry Association and George Mason University.

Poetry Society of Virginia: A membership-based organization that nominates and recommends candidates for state poet laureate to the Governor. It also sponsors poetry contests, readings and workshops.

Split this Rock: The Washington DC organization hosts a biennial poetry festival and sponsors programs, which integrate poetry into public life through readings, workshops and discussions.

Virginia Festival of the Book: The festival celebrates authors, readers and books, as well as maintains an archive of poets and poetry.

Washington Writers Publishing House: An independent press that sponsors an annual competition for writers living in the Washington-Baltimore area, and the winners of each category (one each in poetry and fiction) have their work published by the press.

Writetopia The organization is the regional host of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards as part of its mission to nurture creative writing in teens and children.