Audio Archives


Person Describing Archive

Annie Murray (2010); Chelsea Obodoechina (2020)

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

literaturWERKstatt berlin began it, and now there are many international partners who support lyrikline

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

Site based in Berlin, Germany that offers poetry in many languages.

Description of archive history or URL

Site was created to address the gradual severing of written and spoken poetry. Full background at:

Contact information
Searchable options

search by keyword or author

Relation from the audio to the text

nice integration. audio player and text of poem are in same window.

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

no info on recording length

Author bios and context within literary history

for each author there is a photo, list of audio recordings available, bio, publication list, and info about prizes won (these are all in separate tabs)

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

streaming only, not available for download. good quality recordings, though.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

photos of authors

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

flash player

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.


browse by author name, language of poetry, language of translation

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

no way to comment on, or interact with site, but you can follow the organization on twitter or read their blog

Other notes

includes poems in 55 languages - growing to be a massive portal of international poetry