POETRY WRITING RESOURCES
General Writer's Resources
1. Guide to Online Information and Books for Writers. Short listing of sites. http://members.aol.com/ThomasPack/Writing.html
2. Christy Sheffield Sanford's Links. Personal choice of useful links. http://gnv.fdt.net/~christys/links.html
3. Literary Resources: Twentieth Century British and Irish. Excellent listing, maintained by Jack Lynch of Rutgers University. http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/20th.html
4. Writer's free reference. List of free reference sites useful to writers. http://www.writers-free-reference.com/.
5. Refdesk. Dictionary and language resources. http://www.refdesk.com/factdict.html
6. Special Search Engines. Leiden University's useful listing. http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/history/ivh/chap4.htm
7. Electric Eclectic. Very extensive listings. http://bloxword.ca/jimsbmks.htm
8. Indispensable Writing Resources. Online writing resources for students. http://www.quintcareers.com/writing/writweb.html
9. Writers Write Online Journal. Much useful information in this online journal for authors and booklovers generally. http://www.writerswrite.com/journal
10. Writers Free Reference. List of free reference sites useful to writers. http://www.writers-free-reference.com/.
11. Poemshape. Excellent collection of articles on the craft of poetry. http://poemshape.wordpress.com/
12. RefDesk. Extensive dictionary and language resources. http://www.refdesk.com/factdict.html.
13. Writing Tools. Very extensive listing, including those for technical writing. http://arapaho.nsuok.edu/%7Edreveskr/WT.html-ssi.
14. Poets and Writers. Includes a guide to small presses under 'Tools for Writers'. http://www.pw.org
15. Toolkits for Poets. Anthologies, bookstores, advice, thesauri, etc. http://thewordshop.tripod.com/links.html.
16. Living Literature Online. Thought and literature listed under some 30 headings: mostly contemporary. http://thinkers.net
17. Writing World. Excellent articles on all aspects of writing. http://www.writing-world.com/admin1/siteindex.shtml
18. WordWrights Canada. Information on and services for Canadian writers. http://www3.sympatico.ca/susanio/WWC.html
19. Writers Resources. Open Directory's listing. http://dmoz.org/Arts/Writers_Resources/Poetry/
20. Writers' Techniques. MIT articles on the technical aspects of writing. http://web.mit.edu/mbarker/www/writers/technical.html
21. Resources for Writers and Writing Instructors. Wide range of links. http://www.andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/links.html
22. Write Words. Competitions, publishers, outlets and general resources. http://www.writewords.org.uk/directory/
23. Lesson Corner. Extraordinarily extensive (nearly 5,000) listings of poetry lessons. http://www.lessoncorner.com/English/Literature/Poetry
24. The Ultimate Poetry Resource Guide. Includes poetry ideas, lessons, collections and resources. http://www.freebooknotes.com/ultimate-poetry-resource-guide/
25. Freelance Writer and Blogger Career Information and Resources. Sound & sensible. http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/writer-career/
1. Online Books Page. University of Pennsylvania's listing of over 19,000 works: free. http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/lists.html
2. Internet Public Library. Over 20,000 listings, not restricted to literature: free. http://www.ipl.org/div/books/index.html
3. US University Libraries. Open Directory's listing: terms of access on individual sites. http://dmoz.org/Reference/Libraries/Digital
4. Sunsite. Berkeley's listing of digital libraries: over 1000 in 45 countries. http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/
5. Library of Congress. Little of the material is actually online, but, once you've found what you want, your local library can borrow it for you through the interlibrary loan system. http://www.loc.gov/
6. British Library. Holds an astonishing amount of information (for which the catalogues, at least, are online). http://www.bl.uk/
7. Library Spot. Vast listings under numerous headings. http://www.libraryspot.com/.
8. Literary Index. Internet resources of interest to scholars, students, and lovers of literature. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/english/flackcj/LitIndex.html.
9. Open Library. Over one million titles to read for free, borrow or purchase. https://openlibrary.org/
Online Dictionaries, etc.
1. Online Rhyming Dictionary. Excellent. http://www.rhymezone.com
2. 1000Dictionaries. Very extensive listing of free dictionaries, thesauri, grammar guides, encyclopedia, etc. for most of the common languages. http://www.1000dictionaries.com/english_dictionaries_1.html
3. All Words. Online dictionary, including rhyming and slang, with Dutch, German, French, Italian and Spanish translations. http://www.allwords.com/.
4. Write Express. Search by type of rhyme. http://www.writeexpress.com/online2.html.
5. Dictionary.Net. Excellent compendium of dictionary entries and thesaurus. http://www.dictionary.net
6. Power Thesaurus. An easy-to-follow, crowdsourced
online thesaurus. http://www.powerthesaurus.org/
7. Rhyme Desk. Handy online rhyming dictionary: perfect and near rhymes grouped by syllable count. http://www.rhymedesk.com/
Glossaries of Literary Terms
1. Glossary of Poetic Terms. Brief but useful definitions, examples and quotations. http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html
2. Uvic Writer's Guide. Brief glossary of literary terms. http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/
3. Minister Joe. Glossary of literary terms. http://www.ministerjoe.com/forums/glossary/litglossary/litglossaryq_s.html.
4. Prosody Guide. http://www.trobar.org/prosody/. Invaluable.
Guides to Rhetoric
1. Silva Rhetoricae. Good guide to rhetoric, its terms and uses. http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/silva.htm
2. A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices. Another excellent guide. http://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric.htm
Grammar & Style Guides
1. Guide to Grammar and Style. Sensible notes on contemporary English. http://www.andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/
2. English Pronunciation in ASCII. Fowler's English Usages. http://www.english-usage.com/faq.html#fxhowtor.
3. The English Style Book. A guide to the writing of scholarly English.
4. Commonsense Press. Lists the elements of English. http://www.cspress.com/scope/scope2.htm.
5. Strunk's Elements of Style. Classic 1918 text. http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk1.html.
6. Modern English Syntax. Online lectures. http://folk.uio.no/hhasselg/systemic/MES_2000I.htm.
7. Student Writing Guide: Transitions by Chandra Clarke. https://www.scribendi.com/advice/student_writing_guide_to_transitions.en.html
1. Resource Central. An eclectic listing of philosophy etc. sites. http://www.resourcehelp.com/qserphilos.htm.
2. Philosophy. University of Hong Kong's listing. http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Philo.html.
3. TPM Online. Philosophers, past and present. http://www.philosophersnet.com/.
4. Wikipedia. Simple introductions and in-text links. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page.
5. Episteme Links. Over 1000 listings grouped by philosopher, period or subject. http://www.epistemelinks.com/Main/MainPers.aspx.
6. Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Detailed entries, with bibliographies. http://www.utm.edu/research/iep/
7. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Searchable database of articles on important figures. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/search.html NNA.
Literary Theory Online
1. Literary Resources: Theory. Usual extensive listing from Jack Lynch. http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/theory.html
2. Voice of the Shuttle. Divided into sections, classical to contemporary. http://vos.ucsb.edu
3. John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism. Online version of well-known guide. Parts by subscription only: from $35/year. http://www.press.jhu.edu/books/guide
4. A Guide to the Theory of Literary Genres. Covers a wide field. http://www.uni-koeln.de/~ame02/ppp.htm
5. Contemporary Post-colonial and Post-imperial Literature in English. Post-colonial histories, theory, authors and bibliographies. http://www.postcolonialweb.org/
6. Introduction to Modern Literary Theory. Introduction to types, bibliographies and Internet listings. http://www.kristisiegel.com/theory.htm.
2. A Guide to the Theory of Poetry. Short introduction. http://www.uni-koeln.de/~ame02/pppp.htm
3. Marjorie Perloff. Penetrating essays on contemporary poetry. http://wings.buffalo.edu/epc/authors/perloff/
4. IPL Online Literary Criticism. Links to vast number of critical and biographical websites. http://www.ipl.org/ref/litcrit/
5. Perspectives in American Literature. Very full research and reference guide. http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/table.html
6. English Literature on the Web. Another rich site. http://www.lang.nagoya-u.ac.jp/~matsuoka/EngLit.html
7. Literary History. Guide to critical articles on 19th and 20th century authors. http://www.literaryhistory.com/index.htm.
8. Library Spot. Short list of literary criticism sites. http://www.libraryspot.com/litcrit.htm
9. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature. 1907-21, but still useful. http://www.bartleby.com/cambridge/
10. Comparative Literature and Theory. Essential listings, generally academic. http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/Complit/Eclat/.
11. Literary Resources on the Net. Jack Lynch's extensive listings.http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/%7Ejlynch/Lit/
12 . Perspectives in American Literature. Searchable database of bibliographies. http://www.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/table.html
13. The Constant Critic. Tri-weekly poetry reviews. http://www.constantcritic.com/
14. Literature Webliography. LSU Libraries useful listings. http://www.lib.lsu.edu/hum/lit/lit.html
15. Literary Encyclopedia. Author profiles. http://www.litencyc.com/
16. Schools of Literary Criticism. Short listing: traditional. http://www.mrbauld.com/litcrits.html
17. General Literary Theory and Criticism Guides. Listings for course. http://courses.nus.edu.sg/course/elljwp/literarytheorylinks3.htm
18. Romanticism and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. Detailed contemporary criticism. http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/poetics/index.html.
19. The Modernism Lab at Yale University. Articles on key figures. http://modernism.research.yale.edu/wiki/index.php/Main_Page
1. Education World. Site for teaching of poetry in schools. http://www.educationworld.com/a_sites/sites013.shtml
2. Writing with Writers: Poetry. Teaching poetry to grades 1 to 8. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/index.htm
3. Craft of Poetry. Course at University of Iowa devoted to craft of poetry. http://www.uni.edu/~gotera/CraftOfPoetry/
4. Poetry 180. A poem for each day of the schoool year. http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/
5. Potato Hill Poetry. Poetry for younger childrem, with resources and links. http://www.potatohill.com
6. Teachers and writers collaborative. Useful resources. http://www.twc.org
7. Online poetry classroom. Teaching poetry in schools. http://www.onlinepoetryclassroom.org
8. Discover writing. Creative writing in schools. http://www.discoverwriting.com
9. Lyrical Works. Poetry for children. http://www.lyricalworks.com.
10. Web English Teacher. Etymology and other matters: extensive listings. http://www.webenglishteacher.com/etymology.html.
11. Fooling with Words. Bill Moyer's fully-featured site. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/foolingwithwords/index.html.
12. Creative Communication. Poetry contests for students and adults. http://www.poeticpower.com/
13. Click Teaching. Online resource database for primary education. http://www.clickteaching.com/.
15. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry. Good listing. http://www.english.upenn.edu/%7Eafilreis/88/home.html
16. Favorite Poem Project. Robert Pinsky's project to revitalize poetry in the classroom. http://www.favoritepoem.org/
17. Virtual Poetry Workshop. For writers and teachers. http://www.writenet.org/virtualpoetrywrkshp.html.
18. Teaching the Art of Poetry. Online sections of book. http://www.teachpoetry.com/
19. Children's Literature. Searchable database with over 150,000 reviews of children's book. . http://www.childrenslit.com/
20. The Poetry Zone. Everything to foster enthusiasm in children. http://www.poetryzone.ndirect.co.uk/index2.htm
21. The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Writing. Useful books for writers and teachers of creative writing. http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/bb/contents.html.
22. ProTeacher. Lessons for children that deal with main aspects of poetry. http://www.proteacher.com/070034.shtml.
1. Bookpage. Not specifically poetry: search by author and title. http://www.bookpage.com
2. Bookspot. Includes short list of links. http://www.bookspot.com/poetry.htm
3. New Pages. Focuses on the independent and alternative publishing scene. http://www.newpages.com/
4. Brick Books. New and established voices in Canadian poetry. http://www.brickbooks.ca/
5. Bloodaxe Books. Latest from leading poetry publisher. http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/default.asp
6. Internet Book Information Centre. Daily news and reviews from the world of books. http://www.internetbookinfo.com
7. Bookwire. Wide selection of serious reviews, not limited to poetry. http://www.bookwire.com
8. Poets and Writers Online. Online version of well established magazine. Useful roundup of publishing and literary news. http://www.pw.org
9. American Bookseller's Association. Movers and shakers of US publishing. http://news.bookweb.org/
Book and Poetry Reviews
1. Atlantic Online. Excellent reviews from this prestigious magazine. http://www.theatlantic.com/
2. League of Canadian Poets. Fulfills the need for timely reviewing of Canadian poetry. http://www.poets.ca
3. New York Times Reviews. As always: in depth reviews daily and weekly. http://www.nytimes.com/books
4. Guardian Book Reviews. Provocative and very readable reviews of UK poetry scene. http://books.guardian.co.uk
5. Contemporary Poetry Review. Excellent academic journal covering both sides of the Atlantic. http://www.cprw.com
6. Poetry Previews. Short biographies and links to Amazon books. http://www.poetrypreviews.com
7. Boston Review. Political and literary reviews. http://www.bostonreview.net/
8. The New Criterion. A conservative view. http://www.newcriterion.com.
9. London Review of Books. Leading literary magazine reviews. http://www.lrb.co.uk/
10. Cosmoetica. Independent reviews and comment. http://www.cosmoetica.com/
1. The Poetry Resource. Includes extensive list of poetry publishers. http://www.pmpoetry.com
2. Poetry Society of America. Extensive list of poetry book publishers, etc. http://www.poetrysociety.org
3. Dustbook's Directory of Poetry Publishers. Over 2000 outlets listed. Now online. $49.95/year . http://www.dustbooks.com.
4. Poetry Kit. Good listing for the UK, USA and elsewhere. http://www.poetrykit.org/pubs.htm.
5. 2005 Poet's Market. Over 1,800 outlets, with submission guidelines, interviews and advice. http://www.writersdigest.com
6. AA Independent Press Guide. Over 2000 poetry magazines and publishers listed, grouped under UK, USA, Canada, Australia and rest of world.
1. National Writers Union. For freelance writers (and poets) in US markets. Useful trade news and advice. http://www.nwu.org
2. Happily Published. Links and sections to help find publishers, etc. http://www.happilypublished.com
3. Prededitors. Online guide to publishers and writing services for serious writers. http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/
4. WritersNet. Internet directory of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents. http://www.writers.net/
5. FirstWriter. Advice and extensive resources for publishing your work. http://www.firstwriter.com/
6. Poets & Writers Literary Magazines and Journals Database. Find the right outlet for your work. http://www.pw.org/literary_magazines
1. Midwest Book Review. Essentially a review service, but with extensive links. http://www.midwestbookreview.com/
2. Author Link. Site where editors and agents buy and sell rights to published and unpublished manuscripts, with useful links. http://www.authorlink.co
3. Poetryto Music. Commercial service, setting your literary composition to music. http://www.poetrytomusic.com/
Web Page Builds
Your ISP probably provides free webspace, perhaps with online tools to build the site. If not, you can search for a good deal in hosting directories, or use a third party company. Brief listings:
Third Party Companies
1. WebSpawner. Online creation of webpage: basic but free. http://www.webspawner.com/
2. PoetryPoem. Provide a free website to display your poems and advertise collections. http://poetrypoems.com
3. 21Publish. Provide blogging for communities: free for 100 users each of 2 Mb webspace. http://www.21publish.com/
4. Easy Site Starter. Free, step-by-step guide to creating a website and/or wordpress blog. http://www.easysitestarter.com/
Hosting Directories: USA
1. Compare Web Hosts. Includes tutorial and directory of web designers. http://www.comparewebhosts.com/
2. DotEasy. Cheap/free webhosting and emails (without banner ads). http://www.doteasy.com/.
3. Host Review. Helpful articles. Over 1600 hosting plans listed. http://www.hostreview.com/.
4. Web Host Directory. Hosting companies by type: budget hosting covered. http://www.webhostdir.com/
Hosting Directories: Outside the USA
US companies often provide the better rates, but you may prefer a local or national company when it comes to telephone support.
1. Top Hosts Canada. Directory for Canadian hosting companies. http://www.ca.tophosts.com/
2. The Whir. Directory of US, Canada and UK/Europe hosting companies. http://www.thewhir.com/
1. First Site Guide. Free and extensive guide to setting up and maintaining a blog. http://firstsiteguide.com/blogging-intro/
2. How to Create a Blog by Robert Mening. A simple but helpful guide.
1. Copyright Law. US Government site. http://www.loc.gov/copyright/
2. Publication Law. Much free information on this publication lawyer's site. http://www.publaw.com.
1. The Poetry Business by Peter Finch. 1994. Seren. Bridgend, Wales. 131 pp. £6. Well-night comprehensive account of the UK poetry scene. Includes self-publication, competitions, workshops, poetry organizations. Still useful.
3. Dustbook's Directory of Poetry Publishers. Over 2000 outlets listed. Now online. $49.95/year . http://www.dustbooks.com.
4. The Writers Handbook edited by Barry Turner. Pan. 800 pp. £9. Publishers, professional organizations and advice.
5. Writer's Notes. Markets and information for Canadian writers. http://www.wmpub.ca/
6. Writers Net. Internet directory of writers, editors, publishers and literary agents. http://www.writers.net
7. The Author's Edge. Full range of MS editing and marketing services. http://www.theauthorsedge.com/.
8. Art of Writing. Commercial writing portal. http://www.artofwritingzine.com/
9. Advice On How To Sell Poetry. Basic but useful. http://www.sff.net/people/neile/how.to.sell.poetry.htp.
Electronic Publishing (General)
1. Internet Publishing. Excellent listing of electronic publishers. http://www.hipiers.com/publishing.html
2. Planet Ebooks. Useful listing of programs and hardware for ebooks. http://www.planetebook.com
3. Electronic Literature Foundation. Promotes publishing and use of e-literature. http://www.eliterature.org
4. On Demand Book Printers. A long list, but no comparisons. http://www.bookmarket.com/ondemand.html
5. Print on Demand Publishers. Selection online; more in free e-book. http://dehanna.com/database.htm
6. Ecommerce Digest. Extensive information on all aspects of ecommerce. More in downloadable ebook: $37.50. http://www.ecommerce-digest.com.
7. Electronic Book, e-Book, eBook, eJournals, and Electronic Journal Watch. Articles and a good listing. http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ebooks.htm
8. Fiction Addiction. Short list of print on demand publishers. http://fictionaddiction.net/publishers.html.
Publishing in Electronic Form
Various schemes operate for royalties and copyright, but e-books are often cheaper and generally pay higher royalties than those published by traditional means. As poetry does not sell readily, however, you may need an established reputation to get your MS accepted. Some of the better deals:
1. Hard Shell Word Factory. http://www.hardshell.com/
2. New Concepts Publishing. http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/
3. Awe-Struck E-Books. http://www.awe-struck.net
4. C & M Online Media (Boson Books). http://www.cmonline.com/
6. Fictionwise, Inc. http://www.Fictionwise.com
8. Atlantic Bridge Publishing. http://www.atlanticbridge.net/
9. Wings ePress, Inc. http://www.wings-press.com
Paper Publishing: Print on Demand
You (generally, but check) retain copyright, but pay for MS to be converted to and stored in a form that allows any number of copies of book to be run off as required. Most offer artwork, editorial and marketing services. A short list of very many:
1. Aventine Press. Good royalties. $349 plus add-ons. http://www.aventinepress.com/
2. Llumina Press. Fair contract but doesn't screen manuscript: from $499. http://www.llumina.com/.
3. Page Free. Basic service that allows flexibility: from $299. http://www.pagefreepublishing.com/
1. Grammar Slammer. Picks up the common grammar errors. $25. http://englishplus.com/grammar/index.htm
2. StyleWriter. Helps make your writing clear and concise. Various programs. $35 - $120. http://www.stylewriter-usa.com.
3. Write Express. Various software aids for writers. http://www.writeexpress.com
4. Spacejock. Programs to help plan and compile your books: some free. http://www.spacejock.com/
5. HyperMaker. Software to convert HTML pages to secure standalone files. http://www.bersoft.com
6. Ebook Pro. Software that adds security features to HTML documents to prevent copying etc. over the internet. http://www.ebookpro.com/main.php3 NNA
7. Netread. Software for book catalogues and publicity. http://www.netread.com/
1. Questia. Over 70,000 books and journal articles for the academic community. Subscription $25/month to $120/ year. http://www.questia.com/. Read terms and conditions carefully.
2. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Over 2000 articles: rates on application. http://www.rep.routledge.com/about
3. New Literary History. Journal for theory and interpretation of literary change. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/new_literary_history
4. English Literary History. Historical, critical and theoretical concepts affecting major works of English and American literature. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/elh
5. Diacritics. Journal for problems of literary criticism and theory. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/diacritics
6. New Literary History. Theoretical bases of practical criticism. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/new_literary_history
7. Interviews with Poets. Extended interviews with electronic or booklet form. http://www.interviews-with-poets.com
8. Times Literary Supplement. 40-50 books reviewed each week: 100 years of archives. Subscription $119 p.a. http://www.the-tls.co.uk
9. Explicator. Online teaching crib sheets. $9.85/page. http://www.explicator.com
1. Literature, Cognition & the Brain. Articles and
2. CogWeb. Extensive bibliography for cognition and cultural studies. http://cogweb.ucla.edu/Bibliography.html.
3. LanguageHat. Brief linguistic postings and selected listings. http://languagehat.com/.
4. Glosses. Online notebook of journeyman linguist. http://www.glosses.net/.
5. Humanity Quest. 500 human values and their interrelations. http://www.humanityquest.com.
6. Newsletter Editor's Resource List. Extensive resources for the copy editor. http://www.copyeditor.com
7. JABBER:The Jabberwocky Engine. Program creates nonsense words: useful sidelights on English letter patterns. http://www.ubu.com/papers/ol/hennessy02.html.
8. Phonosemantics. Site with extensive listings: synesthesia, etc. http://www.conknet.com/%7Emmagnus/Bibliography.html NNA.
9. The Linguist List. Over 2000 pages on language and language analysis: mostly book abstracts. http://www.linguistlist.org/.
10. Fun with Words. Vast online listings of words in their various guises. http://www.fun-with-words.com/site_index_p.html.
11. English Usage in the News. Snapshots of English usage, with searchable archive. http://www.yaelf.com/index.shtml.
12. World Wide Words. Michael Quinion's 1400 pages on international English from a British viewpoint. http://www.worldwidewords.org/.
13. Pandora's Word Box. Searchable database for the mythology and etymology of the arts, medicine and science. http://www.members.aol.com/genfir1/pandhmpg.htm.
14. AllExperts.Your poetry questions answered by resident experts. http://www.allexperts.com/getExpert.asp?Category=678
15. Interactive Tutorial on Rhythm Analysis. Takes the TextEtc section further. http://academic.reed.edu/english/intra/
16. Librarian's Index to the Internet: Poetry. http://lii.org. Over 170 sites listed, each with brief description.
17. ChinaSona's translation buttons.