Since the launch of, the Academy of American Poets has been dedicated to providing resources to help educators bring poetry into the classroom. For teachers who want to engage their students with the art of poetry, here are activities, reading guides, and articles about reading, writing, and teaching poetry. If you want to keep up to date with our educational content and programming, sign up for our Educator Newsletter.


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Poetry & Language Arts
Poetry Curricula & Curricula Resources 
Writers in the Schools Programs
Education Technology 
Conferences, Workshops & Festivals
Professional Development


Poetry & Language Arts

American Verse Project

A collaboration between the University of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative and the University of Michigan Press that is working to develop a comprehensive archive of American poetry prior to 1920.

Community~Word Project 
The Community-Word Project is a not-for-profit New York City-based arts-in-education literacy program.

Favorite Poem Project 
A program developed by former United States Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, features video of Americans reciting their favorite poems. Also offers teaching ideas from instructors who have incorporated the program into their classrooms.

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program 
Information on the Dodge Poetry Program, geared towards helping high school teachers bring poetry to the classroom, as well as information on the biennieal Dodge Poetry Festival in New Jersey.

Glossary of Poetic Terms
Extensive glossary from the University of Toronto covering a broad range of definitions and examples.

Modern American Poetry 
A site offering information on modern American poets and poems, including close readings of poems, biographical information on poets, historical background, essays, and more.

Poet's Corner 
A vast site that houses author, title, and subject indexes, biographies, photographs, and more.

Representative Poetry Online 
University of Toronto's English Department website. Includes a large, searchable database of poets and poems, an extensive poetic terms glossary, as well as various critical essays.


Poetry Curricula & Curricula Resources   

The Close Reading of Poetry
Designed for high school and college freshmen, this informative guide "walks" students through the process of closely reading a poem while asking questions and providing key definitions.

Poetry 180 A poem a day for American high schools.
Former Poet Laureate Billy Collins's education initiative, which includes a poem for each day of the academic year.


Writers in the Schools Programs   

Alaska State Council on the Arts
Teachers may apply for matching funds grants for a writer residency.

Arizona Commission on the Arts
Teachers may apply for a matching grant for two- to four-week writer residencies.

California Poets in the Schools
A writers-in-the-schools program that provides workshops taught by published poets to rural and urban communities.

Delaware Division of the Arts
A literature residency can be obtained via a Project Support or Opportunity grant.

District of Columbia Commission on the Arts & Humanities
Writers residencies can be organized by applying for The Arts Education Project Grant.

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Writer and artist residencies can be arranged by contacting the Division of Cultural Affairs, located at bottom of page.

Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia's Artists-in-Education program will provide matching funds for up to $475 per week.

Idaho Commission on the Arts
Offers Creative Writing and other arts residencies.

Idaho: The Cabin
A Literary Center in Idaho that, among other literary endeavors, runs a Writers in the Schools (WITS) program.

Illinois Arts Council
Provides residencies lasting from one to six months through their Arts in Education program.

Iowa Arts Council
Kentucky Arts CouncilAwards from $2,325 to $5,760 for Literary Arts and other arts residencies.

Maine Arts Commission 
Offers matching grants of up to $8000 for residencies and other education programs.

Maryland State Arts Council 
Offering a literary artist-in-residence program.

Minnesota State Arts Board 
Offers the Arts in Education School Support grant program, a matching grant for artist residencies.

Minnesota: Community Programs in the Arts 
Minnesota's largest residency program.

Montana Arts Council 
Will provide up to two-thirds compensation for a Literary Arts residency.

Nebraska Arts Council 
Offers over $2000 through its Artists in Schools/Communities Residency Sponsor Grants.

Nevada Arts Council 
Offers an Artist in Residence (AIR) program for Literature.

New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

New Jersey State Council on the Arts 
Short-term residencies concentrate on prose, poetry, and playwriting with Council funds providing the artist's fee.

New York State Council on the Arts
Through its Arts in Education program, NYSCA offers support for partnerships between literary organizations and schools so that working poets can teach in the classroom.

Teachers & Writers Collaborative 
Creator and pioneer of the Writers in the Classroom model, T&W is available to New York teachers.

North Dakota Council on the Arts 
Offers grants for up to 50% of a writer's residency fee.

Ohio Arts Council 
Offering residencies in all of the arts.

Oklahoma Arts Council 
Offering financial assistance for schools desiring an artist in residence.

Oregon Arts Commission 
Assists in facilitating artist residencies by creating regional partnerships.

Oregon Writers in the Schools Program 
Offering up to twelve residencies to Portland area schools.

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 
Offers residency grants of up to 50% of artist's residency fee.

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 
RISCA's current education program offers a Request for Proposals that will respond to artist residencies.

South Carolina Arts Commission 
Offers "Residency-Plus" grants, providing for required artist resident labs, as well as additional class time, to be directed by the teacher.

South Dakota Arts Council 
Offering an artist-in-residence program.

Tennessee Arts Commission 
Offering grants for artist residencies, teacher training and special projects.

Texas Writers in the Schools Program 
A Texas-based program bringing writers to primarily at-risk, urban schools, but offering their services and various programs to most interested teachers.

Virginia Commission for the Arts 
Provides financial assistance to teachers seeking artist residencies.

Washington State Arts Commission 
Offers residency grants to bring writers and artists into the classroom.

Seattle Arts & Lectures WITS Program 
Seattle Arts & Lectures offers long-term and day-long residencies.

West Virginia Commission on the Arts 
Email the commission directly for a copy of the Arts in Education Artist Directory and Program Guide necessary to apply for up to 50% in financial assistance for an artist residency.

Wyoming Arts Council 
Offers three major arts in education grants: AIE Shortform, AIE Project, and Art is Essential. Artist residencies can be funded using these grants.


Education Technology

Voice of the Shuttle: Teaching Resources 
An extensive list of teaching resources on the web listed by topic and including Literature. Also contains a special list of technology-related links.


Conferences, Workshops & Festivals

The Frost Place 
The Frost Place is host to a series of festivals and conferences. The website provides details for each of these events, including "The Conference on Poetry and Teaching." The website also provides particulars on visiting the Frost House Museum (Frost's farm) in New Hampshire.

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival 
Information on the biennial Dodge Poetry Festival held in New Jersey. Information can also be found on the Dodge Poetry Program, geared towards helping high school teachers bring poetry to the classroom.

The Institute for Writing and Thinking 
Summer one-day and weekend workshops for development in writing in all subjects held on the Bard College campus in upstate New York.

Key West Literary Seminar 
The Seminar strives to preserve literary heritage by promoting dialogue among writers, scholars, and readers at its annual January seminar and through readings, writing workshops and literary walking tours throughout the year.   

The National Council of Teachers of English 
NCTE's convention page, housing information on upcoming seasonal and annual conventions.


Professional Development

Bread Loaf School of English 
Four summer degree and nondegree graduate programs in English, held in four different locations around the country and abroad. These programs are attended primarily by middle and high school teachers of English.

The Frost Place
The Frost Place is host to a series of festivals and conferences. The website provides details for each of these events, including "The Conference on Poetry and Teaching." The website also provides particulars on visiting the Frost House museum (Frost's farm) in New Hampshire.

The Institute for Writing and Thinking
Summer one-day and weekend workshops for development in writing in all subjects held on the Bard College campus in upstate New York. 

National Council of Teachers of English
The NTCE site offers responses to current education topics, teaching ideas, email lists, suggested publications and books (published by NCTE), and event notices.