Freebie Friday: Celebrate World Poetry Day by listening!

World Poetry Day

So many terrific FREE ways to hear poetry as it is meant to be: read aloud! Here’s a selected list of websites featuring audio for UNESCO’s World Poetry Day – and if you have a favorite I missed, please add to the comments. Audio & Video resources:

Poetry Foundation’s Audio & Podcast page:

Internet Archive’s compilation of resources from the Naropa Poetics Audio Archive, LibriVox, Project Gutenberg, & Maria Lectrix:

Poetry Out Loud’s collection of notables reading great works:

The Poetry Archive’s collection of international poems:

The Poetry Archive also has these children’s poems:

Favorite Poem Project: Americans reciting their favorite poems:

The Library of Congress’ The Poet & Poem Podcast series:

Slate‘s collection of poetry:

Poems Out Loud’s authors’ readings:

National Public Radio’s poetry resources:

The Cortland Review‘s archive:

The BBC’s collection of authors reading their poetry:

Happy listening!





About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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