Audio Archives

University of Chicago: Poem Present (Archive)

Person Describing Archive

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

Is this primarily a poetry audio site?


Sponsoring Person or Institution

University of Chicago, The Division o the Humanities

Site URL

Site Last Updated
Date Visited


General Description of Archive

Readings and lectures recorded during the Poem Present Reading and Lecture Series are archived here. The Media Archive page lists several recent events, but the Master List 2004-2009 is a full list of recordings. Each poet invited does a reading and a lecture (often on different days). Many of the readings have both audio and video available.


UPDATE (Chelsea Obodoechina): Archive has been relocated to

Description of archive history or URL

The archive is under the Media Archive Link, Master archive 2004-2009. The series began in 2001, called the Poem Present Reading and Lecture series, bringing contemporary poets to the U of Chicago to read their poetry as well as a lecture on poetics. The events began to be recorded and uploaded online in 2003 by the Chicago Media Initiatives Group, for archiving online as well as at the University Library.

Contact information

Kate Soto, Coordinator, Committee on Creative Writing, Program in Poetry and Poetics, University of Chicavo, Walker, 411/ 773-834-8524.

Searchable options

No search bar. A list of poets by alphabetical (Last name) order is followed by a full list with biographies.

Relation from the audio to the text

No text related to the audio

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

Date of the recording given, along with the Author's biography. No context specific to the reading are given.

Author bios and context within literary history

Author bio given, though since the poets are contemporary, history is not available.

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

streaming, available for download.

Multimedia integration (pictures, video, etc.)

none, except for the video of the readings.

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

both audio and video open in new black screen.

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 standard, as there are lists of poets by last name, but does not go beyond what is provided in the list.

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

none, except for a list of upcoming readings.

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