RECOMMENDED POETRY AND WRITING RESOURCES
THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS
Supporting American poets in all stages of their careers.
THE POEM A DAY
The Academy of American Poets emails a new poem to you every morning!
A great anthology of contemporary poetry, with a new poem shared every day.
A massive index of international poets, poems, lyrics and more.
Poets, poetry, a calendar of readings, exercises and more.
POETRY UNBOUND / THE ON BEING PROJECT
“Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Irish poet, Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.
ON BEING WITH KRISTA TIPPETT
Pursuing deep thinking and moral imagination, social courage and joy, to renew inner life, outer life, and life together. The On Being Project, founded by Krista Tippett, is a nonprofit media and public life initiative. We make a public radio show, podcasts, and tools for the art of living. Six grounding virtues guide everything we do. We explore the intersection of spiritual inquiry, science, social healing, community, poetry, and the arts.
BRAIN PICKINGS: An Inventory of the Meaningful Life
Brain Pickings is the one-woman labor of love of Maria Popova, “…exploring what it means to live a decent, substantive, rewarding life. Founded in 2006 as a weekly email to seven friends, eventually brought online and now included in the Library of Congress permanent web archive, it is a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually, poetically — drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought and feeling.”
Literary Hub is an organizing principle in the service of literary culture, a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas and richness of contemporary literary life. With the help of its partners—publishers big and small, journals, bookstores and non-profits—Lit Hub is a place where readers can return each day for smart, engaged, and entertaining writing about all things books.
APRIL IS THE NATIONAL POETRY WRITING MONTH CHALLENGE
Join poets from around the world who pledge to write one poem a day for the entire month of April, the National Poetry Month in the US. This website offers daily prompts, a community support system and listing of participant’s websites. I’ve done the challenge many years, and have loved the process and commitment!
NOVEMBER IS THE NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH CHALLENGE
Join people who have pledged to write their novel in one month! This website offers a free online community network, a personal progress tracker and the option to participate in events designed to help you finish your novel.
A ROOM OF HER OWN FOUNDATION (AROHO)
“AROHO is a global, inclusive circle, a room of her own where creative women are seen and heard. Through online publication and virtual gatherings curating the diverse, global voice of creative women, the shape, size, and capacity of our room changes exponentially. Together, we make room for each other and our work in our unique way.”
“She Writes is the world’s largest online community and content site for women writers at every stage of their writing lives, working in every genre and representing every generation – all around the world.” With more than 32,000 active members from all all over the world, and 35,000 pieces of content, and its own publishing house, She Writes harnesses women’s collaborative power to support all women who write.
POETRY SLAM, INC. (PSI)
“PSI is the non-profit organization charged with overseeing the international coalition of poetry slams. They promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.”
ALZHEIMER’S POETRY PROJECT
Renowned poet Gary Mex Glazner founded the non-profit Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, whose “goal is to facilitate the creativity of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. We strive to advocate for cultural change in the healthcare industry and for the daily inclusion of arts in assisted living and adult day care. Further, we do not set boundaries in our beliefs in what possible for people with memory impairment to create.” What Gary and the APP poets do in their service to people living with dementia, their care-givers and family members is nothing short of life-affirming and miraculous.
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF STATE POETRY SOCIETIES (NFSPS)
“NFSPS is a non-profit organization, exclusively educational and literary. Its purpose is to recognize the importance of poetry with respect to national cultural heritage. It is dedicated solely to the furtherance of poetry on the national level and serves to unite poets in the bonds of fellowship and understanding.”
“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”
“Launched in 2002, Elephant Journal is your guide to what we like to call ‘the mindful life’: yoga, organics, sustainability, genuine spirituality, conscious consumerism, fair fashion, the contemplative arts…anything that helps us to live a good life that also happens to be good for others, and our planet…articles, blogs, videos and interviews are added on a daily basis.”
REBELLE SOCIETY: For the Creatively Maladjusted
“Rebelle Society is a unique, revolutionary online magazine publishing daily acts of Creative Rebellion and celebrating the Art of Being Alive through words and mixed media.It is a virtual country that gives a home and a voice to the creatively maladjusted rebels with a cause, the nonconformists, dreamers, the expressive troublemakers trying to rise above their circumstances and lead an extraordinary life by creating their lives and inspiring the world with their passion. Our Mission is to practice creative self-expression in all its various forms – from essay/article style, to poetry, fiction, photography, spoken word and mixed media — as a way to heal, inspire and transform.
“The Rumpus is a place where people come to be themselves through their writing, to tell their stories or speak their minds in the most artful and authentic way they know how. We strive to be a platform for marginalized voices and writing that might not find a home elsewhere, and to lift up new voices alongside those of more established writers we love. We work to shine a light on stories that build bridges, tear down walls, and speak truth to power. We’ve got essays, reviews, interviews, advice, music, film and poetry—along with some kick-ass comics. We know how easy it is to find pop culture on the Internet, so we’re here to give you something more challenging, to show you how beautiful things are when you step off the beaten path.”
SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE: Resources for Spiritual Journeys
“This multifaith and interspiritual website is devoted to resources for spiritual journeys. The site’s name reflects a basic understanding: spirituality and practice are the two places where all the world’s religions and spiritual paths come together. While respecting the differences among traditions, we celebrate what they share in common.”
THREE BY FIVE STORYTELLING PROJECT WITH JENNIFER RICKARDS
Jennifer Rickards is the creator of this brilliant storytelling project, which uses 3×5 notecards to collect anonymous stories of moments that have changed people’s lives. Jen also happens to be one of my dearest friends, whom I met in Sixth Grade Reading Class when we bonded over Shakespeare’s line: To be or not to be, that is the question… Jen and I have been asking and answering many of life’s questions with one other for decades now and I’m excited to support her efforts with Three By Five Storytelling, which I love. The stories are obviously brief, but riveting and resonant, and the array of them speaks to the power of one moment to change us.
Join the lineup of stories by sharing anonymously a small moment that has altered the path of your life by recording it on a 3”x5” notecard and Mail it to PO BOX 308, ETNA, NH 03750 OR
Email a photograph of your 3×5 card to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded by Lani Cartwright and Melinda Field, Wise Women Ink “is an independent publishing company whose mission is to shepherd the dreams of women writers worldwide. We dedicate ourselves to the women of the world. May you find your path and pave it with courage, strength, compassion and peace… but above all may you never walk it alone.”
Lani is one of Dora’s dear friends, an absolute wizard with a camera, who is a much sought-out photographic artist and graphic designer, as well as a celebrated domestic violence advocate. Many of the photos of Dora that appear on this site and in her promotional materials were taken by Lani. Melinda Field an award-winning writer of poems, plays, prose and novels, including the novel, True, and its sequel, The Nest of Our Being.
THE HELENE WURLITZER FOUNDATION
The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico, established in 1954, is one of the oldest artist residence programs in the United States with the mission to “Support the artist and the creative process”. Located on 15 acres in the heart of Taos, a four-hundred-year-old multicultural community renowned for its popularity with artists, the Foundation offers three months of rent-free and utility-pain housing that serves as a haven for visual artists, literary artists and music composers of national and international origin.