Writing Resources

If you’re looking for writing tips, tricks, or inspiration, check out these resources!

Poetry

  • The Poetry Foundation is a fantastic resource for poets and people interested in poetry–biographies of writers, a massive collection of poems (and recordings of poems), and links to important articles about specific works as well as pieces on literary theory. If you don’t know where to start, try the Poem or Poet of the Day!
  • Poets.org is a great resource for biographies of poets as well as information on poetry magazines and prizes. They have a large, detailed database of different poetry movements, so if you come across an unfamiliar “-ism” while researching a poet, look it up here! They also have a database of different poetic forms–try writing one you’ve never heard of!
  • For Better For Verse is a prosody-practice site put together by the University of Virginia. This is an awesome site for practicing scansion and meter. You can try putting the stresses into different poems and check your work. The site includes excerpts from lots of famous and significant poems, so if you’re researching a poem for class, checking here is a good place to start.
  • If you don’t know anything about slam poetry, check out this short TED video put together by Gayle Danley. It won’t actually make you a slam poet in 5 steps, but it will give you an introduction to the form.
  • Louder Than A Bomb is a youth poetry competition held annually. Massachusetts’ competition is sponsored by MassLEAP, and happens every spring.
  • The original Louder Than A Bomb competition was held in Chicago, and still happens every year. Recordings of the competition performances are posted here; check them out for inspiration!
  • Youtube is an incredible resource for those interested in slam poetry. You can find amazing poets (and some not-so-amazing ones). Try researching whoever the feature is at Urbana in NYC this week–they always have incredible features, and their slam team is one of the best in the world.
  • The Marble Collection publishes the Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts, the only statewide print and online magazine of the arts featuring jury-selected artwork, photography, spoken word, poetry, and writing by students in grades 8 to 12. They also offer one-to-one e-Mentoring workshops, in which published teens are paired with college-level mentors, who guide their work to publication for real-world audiences.
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