Audio Archives

Poetry Foundation: Audio & Podcasts

Person Describing Archive

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

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

Poetry Foundation, Poetry magazine

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

There are 9 different "Shows" featuring poets reading their work. I won't do a separate entry for each, as their formats are the same regardless of content. The shows are as follows: Poetry Off the Shelf, Poetry Magazine Podcast, Poem of the Day, Poetry Radio Project, Essential American Poets, Poetry Lectures, Avant-Guarde All the TIme, Poem Talk, Chicago Poetry Tour Podcast. Each program page shows the latest episode (all podcasts), with a short description of the show's purpose and then a list of all podcasts.


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): This page has been relocated to

Description of archive history or URL

In 2004, the president's letter (John Barr) states that their internet initiative to create a major website for contemporary poetry. Poetry magazine's site was launched in April 2005 and continued to grow since. By 2006, there was a 'family' of related websites run by the Poetry Foundation. Podcasts were also started in 2006.

Contact information

Poetry Foudnation, 444 North Michigan Ave, Suite 1850, Chicago, Illinois, 60611-4034,

Searchable options

THere is a general search bar, that searches the entire site, a list of All Audio and an option to search audio by keyword and Show,

Relation from the audio to the text

None, unfortunately because there are a lot of poems written in text on this site already.

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

Date the podcast was posted, but not recorded. Context is not available.

Author bios and context within literary history

There is a link to the author's profile on the Poetry Foundation page.

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

Mp3 podcast

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)


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

Player is embedded in the main site.

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

Yes, iPhone App: text of poem only.


Browsing is standard, viewer is able to search through lists of recordings/podcastsby poet and title of the podcast. No summary of the recording is available so that we know what is in the recording before we listen to it.

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

Iphone App.

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