Audio Archives

Electronic Poetry Center (EPC)

Person Describing Archive

Celyn Harding Jones (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

N (Series of links and files catalogued by author)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

SUNY Buffalo, (Department of Media Study, Poetics Program, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences) Penn State (Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing and Department of English).

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

EPC is a "central gateway" to providing links to electronic poetry and poetics. It also has an extensive "curated" list of links to online publications of poetry as well as definitive author biography links. Note: no audio, but this website is interesting because it is an archive of web and electronic poetic resources.

Description of archive history or URL

Founded in 1995 by Loss Pequeno Glazier, Edited by Charles Bernstein, Jack Krick, Lori Emerson, Kenneth Goldsmith and Steve McLaughlin (Canadian editor: Donato Mancini).

Contact information

Loss Pequeno Glazier: Dept of Media Studies/Poetics Program, 231 Center for the Arts, SUNY Buffalo, NY, 14260-6020/ Charles Bernstein, Department of English, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA, 19194-6273.

Searchable options

No universal search option, viewers can search through Author lists (alphabetical by letter), lists of e-poetry by author as well as lists of blogs relevant to electronic poetry and a list of "portals": international e-poetry websites.

Relation from the audio to the text

No audio here, only links to thousands of electronic poetic websites

Date/Time/Length/Context info about the audio items


Author bios and context within literary history


Audio file type: streaming, download, file format, audio file compression quality (WAV, MP3, bitrate)


Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

No integration of any video or images.

Audio playback setup (opens in Flash player, on new blank screen, etc.)


Mobile access (i.e. accessible on smart phones, tablets, etc.)

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Mobile access is possible, but the website does not cater to mobile devices. Functionality may vary depending on the device.


Browsing is quite complicated: unless the viewer is familiar with this site, it feels like a huge wall of links. "About" information very hard to find, and no explanation of what these links represent is available.

Discovery features (pre-made playlists; dynamic lists: lists of recent additions, featured items, related items, etc).
Interactivity and Web 2.0 features

No interactivity, other than 'web surfing'.

Other notes

This site might be useful for us to think about 1) what happens when information isn't organized in a user-friendly fashion and 2) as a source for linking other archives and resources. Interesting that sites and links are "curated".