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- Act!vated Storytellers Present Act!vated Poetry: National Touring Theatrical Toupe acts, dances, sings, tumbles and flips poems written by kids. Presenting public shows at libraries, and offering programs for school assemblies and poetry conventions.
- Aromapoetry: The portal for London's popular Sunday spoken word event. Poems read at the event, the rules of the event, and updates.
- Arras -- New Poetry and Poetics: Features visual poetry, cyberpoetry, and a series of essays called "Notes to Poetry".
- Artscape: Annual arts festival in Baltimore, Maryland, featuring literary readings, poetry performances, and literary arts workshops.
- Bard Wire: BerksBards non-profit organization attempts to bring the written and spoken word together with the new mediums available on the internet.
- BerksBards: A `group` of poets committed to supporting and nurturing poetry in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The `group` organizes a month-long poetry event called BardFest, as well as readings, workshops, and discussion groups.
- BertGlick.com: Poetry and drama in textual, audio, and video formats by Bert Glick.
- Bridget Gray: Find out where she'll be performing next and what she's been up to in recent months. Listen to and purchase her CD "Shades of Gray"
- Budapest Bardroom: Poetry, music, comedy and performance event in Hungary for new English-language writing. Hosted by local poets Jim Scrivener and David Hill. Performances, download of past magazines, and photographs.
- Cataclysm Productions: General information on the collective, with links.
- Christopher Longoria: Member of the Future Primitive Sound Collective. Poems, prose, biography, and curriculum vitae.
- Concrete and Sound Poetry: Includes an extensive online collection of recorded poetry, both historical and contemporary, as well as online reproductions of visual or "concrete" poetry and poetry in "experimental" forms.
- DC Poetry: A calendar of poetry readings and performances in the Washington, DC, area. The site also contains information about past featured readers, samples of their poetry, and reviews of past performances.
- Def Poetry Jam: Russell Simmons presents spoken word, poetry, slams, and haiku.
- Dialogue Among Civilizations Through Poetry: Worldwide coordinators of poetry readings to encourage peace and nonviolence. Information on the program, the readings, and the ebooks, and an email list.
- Diary of a Mad Poet: Interesting outlet for amateur poets and writers, meant to be a source of encouragement. Poems are listed on a first-posted, first-listed basis, and there are a lot of repeat posts by poets, including the web site's founder.
- Dr. Andy's Poetry and Technology Hour: Airing Wednesday afternoons in Davis, California, and available anytime via the Web, this radio show offers interviews with poets, recordings of poems, and commentary on the world of contemporary poetry. Also relevant links and newsfeed.
- Dublin Writers Festival: Annual gathering of Irish and international poets and writers.
- Electronic Poetry Center Home Page: Real video archives of poetry readings by Robert Creeley, Bruce Andrews, Edwin Torres, and others. Also featured is an index of "kinetic" interactive poetry, and hypertext poetry specifically geared toward interactive use on the internet.
- Eleventh Hour Productions: Organizers of the Seattle Poetry Festival, and other spoken word and poetry events in the Northwestern United States. Recent & past performers include: Gwendolyn Brooks, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, The Last Poets, isangmahal, Haki Madhubuti, Source of Labor.
- F. Omar Telan: Asian American writer, poet, and performance artist. Biography, calendar, sample writings, audio files, and press kit.
- Favorite Poem Project: Started by former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, the Favorite Poem Project allows people to submit their favorite poems along with a personal story about why the poem means something to them. The site features a sampling of the poems, the poets, and stories from the people who have participated in the project.
- ForWord Girls: ForWord Girls is an all-girl spoken word festival taking place in San Francisco in the Fall of 2002. The mission of ForWord Girls is to create a space and event for women writers and spoken word performers of all cultures and ages from all over. Includes submission guidelines.
- Gordon Nicol,Scottish Poet: Scottish poet based in Dallas, Texas. Dressed resplendently in his kilt, he'll make you laugh and cry reciting his own poems and works by Robert Burns.
- HarperAudio - Caedmon: The Caedmon Records imprint, now a part of HarperAudio, has a long history of issuing excellent recordings of poetry, as well as other literary spoken-word recordings. The HarperAudio website includes excerpts from recordings available for purchase.
- HarperAudio public archive: This small archive includes poetry readings, in most cases by the original authors, in various audio formats; among the more notable poets are Robert Frost, Robert Graves, T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Ann Sexton, Wallace Stevens, J. R. R. Tolkien and Dylan Thomas.
- Hemminger, Lisa: Official website for the Chicago poet, performer, author, open mic impresaria and performance instructor. Includes samples of her poems and an mp3 sound file of one of her performances.
- IrRaDiAtEd PoEtS: A `group` of poets in Portland, Oregon, that sponsors poetry readings at the Hi-iH Gallery, and PicNuke, a poetry reading under the cooling tower of the Trojan Nuclear Power Plant.
- Jim's Poems: Twenty-four-minute video of selection of poems from Letters To Jake, a book published by Jim rucquoi for his first grandchild. Requires QuickTime.
- Kelley Writers House Webcasts: Live webcasts of poetry readings and other literary happenings at the University of Pennsylvania. Webcasts can be viewed using RealPlayer.
- Kota Press: A small press that offers a quarterly online poetry journal, and provides support to writers-particularly those who have used their writing as a way to process grief and finding healing.
- Levenson, Fred: This Buffalo, NY, poet and performance poet has been listed in Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors and Poets, and Poets and Writers. Calendar, publications, and reviews.
- Live at the Writers' House: Internet archive of University of Pennsylvania's WXPN Radio's "Live at the Writers' House" program, with numerous recordings of contemporary poetry in RealPlayer format.
- Lizard Lounge Poetry Jam: Poets can sign up to read with a Jazz accompaniment at this regular open mic night in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Featured poets, slams, poetry awards, and information on the jazz trio that plays regularly at the Lounge.
- Lucky 7 Poet: Has been featured on HBO Real Sex 24 & 26 and BET Lifetracks with the Punany Poets. 2001 Oakland poetry slam finalist. Biography, schedule, and booking link.
- Lyricalworks: Especially for teens and young adults, an introduction to the experience of lyric poetry and lyricism, including audio recordings.
- Mad Poets Society: National organization based in Media, Pennsylvania, that strives to promote poetry and the literary arts in communities. Venues, schedules, contests, and submission and general information about Mad Poets Review.
- Main St. Poetry Events @ Morgan's Coffee House: Information on poetry events at Morgan's Coffee House in Salisbury, North Carolina.
- Mariposa Center for Artistic Expression: Hosts a weekly poetry reading series in the Maryland/Washington, DC, area. Site features updated calendar and poetry by the series' host, Mariza Rivera.
- Museum of American Poetics: The Museum of American Poetics presents multimedia poetry exhibits, information on lectures, the "Best Minds Reading Series", and the "Floating Muse Bookstore".
- NEXT Magazine: A low-graphic online zine featuring information about upcoming poetry events in Southern California. Detailed listing of regular weekly events as well as a daily rundown of who's reading where.
- NakedPoetry: Online literary zine that publishes poetry and fiction, and hosts open mic poetry readings around New York City.
- National Association for Poetry Therapy: Members of this organization represent a wide range of expertise and training in both mental and physical health disciplines. Advocates use of poetry and other forms of literature to achieve therapeutic goals and personal goals.
- Northwest SPokenword LAB: Information on poetry slams and workshops in Washington State. SPLAB is a center dedicated to poetry, storytelling, conversation, debate and building community through shared experience of the written and spoken word.
- Nuyorican Poets Cafe: This multi-cultural community is dedicated to artistic empowerment and creative diversity. The organization is celebrating over 25 years of spoken word, theater, poetry, slam, hip hop, live music, and film on the lower East Side of New York City.
- OpenMike Poetry: Poetry reading series at Cool Beans in Worcester, and Barnes & Noble in Leominster, Massachusetts. Site features schedule, poetry samples, and audio files.
- Out Of Our Minds: A weekly radio show dedicated to poetry and poetics produced by people's radio KKUP, FM 91.5 Cupertino. Join host Dancing Bear and guest poet.
- People's Poetry Gathering: An annual international festival in downtown Manhattan uniting folk, ethnic, literary and urban poets. Audio and video archives of poetry readings as well as a detailed schedule and online discussion forum.
- Performance Poetry: Poet & playwright Billy Marshall Stoneking explores the poems, performances, people & ideas behind performance poetry in essays updated monthly.
- Pif Magazine: One of the best-known ezines for poetry and fiction. Includes interviews with writers, "interactive" poetry.
- Pink Pony West Poetry Reading Series: Open mike and featured readers on the lower east side of Manhattan. Schedule and history of readings. Poetry is a contact sport.
- PoetCD.com: Specializes in providing a multimedia format for the public to see and hear poets' work in an audio-visual tape or CD clip.
- Poetic Heritage: Uplifting, entertaining, cultural, educational, and inspiring poetry by performing poet Elfrida R. Arrindell. Texts, audio files, bookings, and information on her ministry and educational program.
- Poetic License: A monthly poetry reading series in Southern California. Events are held at Home Los Feliz in Los Angeles. Past and upcoming featured poets include M.L. Liebler, Jason Carney, and Sharon Hudson.
- Poetology Online: Spoken expression and poetry information relating to the Mid Atlantic region. Calendars, MP3 files, book links, discussion.
- Poetry Center at Smith College: Features poems by poets from around the world; a schedule of upcoming poetry readings at the college; and poets' biographical information.
- Poetry Changes People: A collection of poetry (text and MP3 audio) from a continually growing list of artists, known and unknown. NYC performance venue schedules and an Activist section complete the site.
- Poetry Oasis: Worcester, Massachusetts, community poetry information: venues, events, journals, and links.
- Poetry Super Highway: An online magazine publishing new poets every week as well as links to hundreds of other poetry related websites, also a chat room with weekly scheduled events, online poetry classifieds, poetry contests, and an online bookstore.
- Poetry Works: A multicultural literary and performing arts organization whose main focus is with the spoken word, particularly poetry. Members stage live performances which include poetry and dramatic readings, as well as music, song, and dance. Based in Sacramento, CA.
- PoetryPlus Performances: Spoken word poetry and musical improvisation, live jazz performances, and workshops on themes of equity, diversity, multicultural and women's issues including body image, sexual assault survival, jazz history.
- PoetryPoetry - In Seine Poems Worth Hearing: An international, multi-cultural venue for audio (MP3) based poetry, as well as the written word. News, interviews, reviews, workshops, and other resources are also available.
- Poets of the Palm Beaches: This non-profit organization is dedicated to the advancement of the art of poetry and of poets in Palm Beach County. Hosts monthly readings and contests, and also organizes local slams.
- Poets' Asylum: Poetry at the Java Hut, Worcester, Massachusetts. Schedules, team photographs, and information about the Java Hut.
- PoetsWest: Information on poets and poetry in the Pacific Northwest. Site includes calendar of regular poetry venues and special events, submission guidelines, "who's who" in Northwest poetry, and poetry resources.
- Press Record: The audio adventures of the Wandering Jew, Barrett Golding, in RealAudio format. Poetry and comment with music.
- Red Sky Poetry Theater: Article from the Seattle Post Intelligencer about the longest running open mic in Seattle.
- Redmond Association of Spokenword: A community for lovers of the written and spoken word which meets on the first Saturday of every month at Victor's Celtic Coffee Company in Redmond, Washington. Open mike begins at 7:30.
- Redondo Poets: Readings by the Redondo Poets of Redondo Beach, California. Calendar, map and directions, sample poems, and links.
- Rice, Adrian: Belfast author of poetry for children and adults. Samples of his poetry, discussions of his educational work, and links to related sites, including those mentioning his work with Molly Freeman.
- Ruta Maya Open Mic Poetry: Updates on scheduled readings at Ruta Maya Coffee's open mic poetry readings. Also features a photo gallery of pictures from readings.
- Rykodisc: The Rykodisc Catalog includes a small selection of spoken-word albums, most notably "kicks joy darkness"--a tribute to Beat devinity Jack Kerouac. Some samples can be found on these pages.
- Salon Productions: Salon Productions is a non-profit that promotes and sponsors poetry and spoken word events in Seattle, WA. Site features a listing of upcoming events, along with archives of poetry by featured readers.
- Skagit River Poetry Festival: Biennial poetry festival in La Conner Washington. The May 2000 festival featured Coleman Barks, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Jane Hirshfield, Kurtis Lamkin, David Lee, Thomas Lux, Heather Mc Hugh, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
- Speak-a-Poem: Information about poetry speaking workshops, the Lockwood West Award and articles about poetry speaking by professional readers, writers and teachers.
- Spoken Words: Listing of spoken word events in Houston and Austin, Texas. Front page includes a poem from the featured poet of the week, links to sites on poetry festivals.
- Spokenwar: A simple, straightforward interface to recorded readings of a variety of contemporary poems in a variety of styles by a variety of contemporary poets, in RealPlayer format.
- Stone Circle Gatherings: Weekly poetry readings, storytelling and music at "Stone Circle" in Michigan. Readings take place on Fridays and Saturdays from mid-June to Labor Day Weekend. Hosted by Terry Wooten.
- Subtext Reading Series: The archives and calendar of a poetry reading series at the Speakeasy Cafe in Seattle, Washington.
- TRINPsite Poetry: Includes sections on computer generated poetry, alliterative technique, and a collection of sound files (.wav and .mp3 file-formats).
- Taco Shop Poets: Xicano poetry `group` from San Diego that sponsors readings, books, and CDs. Has taken over Taco Shops in major cities all over the United States, in order to bring poetry to people who might not be exposed to it. Check out the site for samples of their poetry, as well as their calendar of events and online poetry forums.
- The Academy of American Poets - Listening Booth: A small but excellent selection of audio recordings of poets reading their own work. Includes poems featured in AAP's Poetry Exhibits and samples from the Academy's audiotape archive.
- The Acoustic Poets Network: Group of poets widely featured in not only print, but also on spoken word CDs and on radio. Site contains upcoming `group` events, as well as works for sale and audio samples of their work.
- The Arthouse Underground: Underground writing, madcap psychedelic art, electro-industrial music, Nietzschean dark humor, Bob Dylan becomes a borg & redefines cyberpunk. Poetry and performance audio available via RealAudio.
- The Butterfly Lightning: Miami, Florida's, oldest and most respected literary reading series, meets Monday evenings at Tobacco Road.
- The Foundation of Universal Lovers of Mevlana: An organization using newly composed hymns and ritual music, colorful ceremonial garb, and introductory brochures available in many languages to spread the teachings of Mevlana Jelaladdin Rumi. Biography, history, concert and contact information, and multimedia files.
- The Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation: The Foundation works to bring quality poetry readings and workshops to South Florida. HKPF also nurtures and recognizes poets through its Wild Horse Poetry Series, in which outstanding local poets get paid an honorarium. The Electric Chair also continues to showcase talented poets to an exclusive, invited audience where reader and listener interact in poetic dialogue.
- The Information Highway to Hell: An entire section of the site is dedicated to audio files of an individual reading contemporary and classic poetry by famous poets such as Lewis Carroll, Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, and Edgar Allen Poe.
- The Internet Poetry Archive: Sponsored by the University of North Carolina Press and the North Carolina Arts Council, the archive features poetry and recordings of the readings of six well-known poets, including Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky, and Czeslaw Milosz.
- The Mississippi Taints: Photographs, sound samples, and information about the spoken word and experimental poetry `group` known as the Mississippi Taints.
- The Oak Cliff Circle of Poets: A three-year-old performance poetry `group` that meets in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas Texas. Open to all comers. Information about the poets, the regular meeting, and the various featured events around town.
- The Poetic Dream: Information on the poetry scene of the San Francisco Bay Area. Also features an email discussion list, as well as photos from local poetry readings and slams.
- The Spring Street Apartment: Poetry read in Realaudio with accompanying graphics and animation; "silent poetry" performed on video; poetry and writing links; music links, opinion.
- The Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center: Located in Camden, New Jersey, the Center hosts poetry readings, slams, and other literary events. The events calendar is regularly updated.
- The Word Works: This non-profit literary organization sponsors readings, workshops, and poetry contests, including the annual Washington Prize for a book-length poetry manuscript.
- Understatement.com (of Poetry and Art): A portal which provides information about poetry and art. Features links to sites about and online poetry from such famous poets as Dorothy Parker, Alan Ginsberg, Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allen Poe, and William Blake.
- Wired On Words: Virtual poetry performances. A compilation of poetry & music, spoken word, and "language" poetry.
- World Poetry Bout Association: Sponsors of the Taos Poetry Circus and regional Exhibition Poetry Bouts, WPBA is a community organization working to expand the audience for poetry, literature and performance through public readings, performances, festivals and competitions.
- Writers and Poets: Designed to promote published authors to bookstores libraries and Internet sites, you can find biographies on small press poets, and links to bookstore poetry reading schedules.
- incommunicado press: Contains links to audio (MP3s) and audio/video clips of Incommunicado Press' spoken word artists/poets such as Nichole Blackman, Exene Cervenkova, Dave Alvin and Jimmy Jazz.
- no mumbling: Independent recordings of poetry, spoken word, and music. Samples from available CDs can be heard, and you can check out textual versions of the poetry as well.
- the e-poets network: Very flashy and well-constructed site featuring audio, video, and textual poetry, as well as essays and reviews, poetry news, and performance poetry videoconferencing and webcasting. There is also an interactive calendar of literary arts events for Chicago.