National Poetry Month

April 13, 2015

April 2015 marks the 20th celebration of National Poetry Month here in the United States. If you need a little inspiration or just a quick poetical fix, the UW Digital Collections can help! While we don’t have a collection devoted exclusively to poetry, at least a couple of poetry-rich resources are available.

On the more professional side, the Parallel Press publishes a handful of poetry titles each year. Featured poets tend to have a regional connection and have generally been recipients of multiple awards and distinctions. The newest titles are available in print, but appear in the digital collections a year or two after publication. Browse the series Parallel Press Chapbooks.

Wisconsin Literary MagazineIn addition, you’ll find student literary magazines that contain a mix of short stories and poetry. As one might expect from student work, the writing can be uneven and perhaps a bit less polished, but often compelling nonetheless. The Wisconsin Literary Magazine showcases Madison students’ writings from 1903 to 1929, while contemporary student work can be found in The Windy Hill Review, which has been published by the UW–Waukesha Literary Club for over three decades. Publications from 1979 up to 2012 are available in the Digital Collections.