Audio Archives

Laurable Poetry Audio Links

Person Describing Archive

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

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?

Y (Except these are links to other sites)

Sponsoring Person or Institution

Laura, (unknown last name)

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

This is an interesting site, it collects links to audio of poetry readings, and links them with information about the author, as well as the text of the published poem when possible. Unfortunately almost all of the links to the audio recordings are broken. The links to the text are often to or poetry foundation, as well as the Courtland Review and other online magazines that publish poetry online. Many links are for the New York Times (but are for subscribers only). This site is only useful for our research in regards to its work towards trying to create a comprehensive list of all poetic audio recordings available on the web, and in its downfalls and failures that links often change and updating hundreds of addresses might be near impossible.


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Link is no longer functional and website appears to be shut down. You may find an archive of it here:

Description of archive history or URL

Laura (last name unknown) began to collect links of poetry recordings in 1996-97.

Contact information

Searchable options

lists alphabetically by poet. Search bar powered by Atomz that searches keywords.

Relation from the audio to the text

the only text provided on this site is a link to the published version of a poem (doesn't account for changes made during the reading, etc.)

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

this information is only given in the site where the audio file is located. When possible, the author's name is linked to a biography on another site.

Author bios and context within literary history


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

the links use many different kinds of audio files, depending on the site.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

the links use many different kinds of audio files, depending on the site.

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

Depends on the host site.

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

UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Accessible via Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.


Browsing is limited to search and alphabetical lists. However, this is a site made up of linking sites, so internet surfing is high. (when the links actually work).

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


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