Free Teacher Resources Available from the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation has created an ongoing suite of educational resources and tools for teachers that include an online Learning Lab (just updated with a Back to School with Poetry package), downloadable e-books, the POETRY mobile app, a variety of podcasts, the national Poetry Out Loud recitation competition and website, and an ongoing partnership with the New York Times Learning Network.

Learning Lab

Developed around a set of more than 50 core learning poems by classic and contemporary poets, this area of offers articles, essays for students, discussion questions, teaching tips, writing ideas, poets’ biographies and more. Its most recent offerings are available as a downloadable Back to School e-book.

POETRY from the Poetry Foundation app

A free app for iPhone and Android turns phones into mobile poetry libraries, with over 3,000 poems. Search poems by mood, poet, title and line using a fun, game-like interface.

Poetry magazine

Anyone can browse the magazine’s online archive, which includes all issues of Poetry since its founding in 1912. Discussion guidesfor each new issue of the magazine are also available, and the most recent issue of Poetry features a portfolio of poems chosen by favorite children’s book author Lemony Snicket.

Poetry Out Loud

The Poetry Foundation and the NEA have partnered with U.S. state arts agencies to support Poetry Out Loud, a contest that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.


The Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Off the Shelf and Poetry magazine podcasts, along with a variety of other series, offer poetry discussion on the go. Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. poetry tours offer listeners a dose of history and geography with their poetry.

Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute

Recent projects include resources for bringing poetry to classrooms and communities, including Open the Door: How to Get Kids Excited About Poetry and Blueprints: Bringing Poetry Into Communities. Both books are free to download.

New York Times Learning Network

Each week the Poetry Foundation chooses a poem to pair with New York Times content that somehow echoes, extends or challenges the poem’s themes.

Chicago resources

Visitors to the Poetry Foundation Library may browse a collection of 30,000 volumes, experience audio and video recordings in private listening booths, and view exhibits of poetry-related materials. The Poetry Foundation’s fall 2013 events season also features a wealth of possibilities for learning outside the classroom.