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National Poetry Map

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To encourage local poetry, The Academy of American Poets first introduced the National Poetry Map during National Poetry Month (April) in 2003. Users can suggest features and additions to state pages by sending an email to

Discover what’s going on poetically in a state by using the pull down menu, clicking a state on the map of the U.S., or adding a state’s postal abbreviation to the website’s base url, for example: State entries list:

  • the poet laureate;
  • featured poets;
  • literary organizations and centers;
  • literary journals and small presses;
  • poetic history;
  • poems about the state;
  • readings series,
  • conferences, and literary festivals; and,
  • writing programs and colonies.

Biographical entries include links to poems on the website. Some states provide contact information for literary maps.

The map page also provides other resources. Access to more than 2,500 poems and hundreds of biographies and essays is available in mobile format. Preview the mobile site and its features.

Search for poems by topic and register to receive a poem each day by email. A collection of Halloween poems includes verse on ghosts, haunted houses, and vampires. Get some cool costume ideas as well. Dress like Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, or Sappho.

Poetcast offers free online poetry podcasts. Subscribe to Poetcast and listen to poets read their poems and discuss poetics and life. The Halloween Poetry Frightcast combines atmospheric effects and the poetry of Shakespeare, Edward Arlington Robinson, Christina Rossetti, and Ben Jonson.



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