Literary Links

Below you will find sites of interest and helpful resources.

Publisher Sites

Applewood Books Applewood publishes books about cooking, parenting, how-to, nature, travel, sports, and entertainment. Among their titles are such classics as the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and The Adventures of Superman.

Carnegie Mellon University Press Carnegie Mellon is a publisher of contemporary poetry and fiction, and is the publisher of BOA Editor Thom Ward's poetry collections, Small Boat with Oars of Different Size (1999), and Various Orbits (2004).

Coffee House Press Coffee House Press is an award-winning, non-profit literary publisher dedicated to innovation in the craft of writing and preservation of the tradition of the book arts.

Consortium Book Sales & Distribution Links to over 50 small presses distributed by Consortium.

Copper Canyon Press Online Catalog features flexible search options to locate authors and book titles published by Copper Canyon Press. Features a calendar section listing poetry readings and booksignings, and sections for press releases, internship opportunities, artistic philosophy as well as the Friends of Copper Canyon Press.

Curbstone / Northwestern University Press Curbstone was a non-profit publishing house dedicated to literature that reflects a commitment to social change, with an emphasis on writing from Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. Curbstone presents writers who give voice to the unheard in language that goes beyond denunciation to celebrate, honor and teach. It was acquired by Northwestern University Press in 2009, and Curbstone's catalog is available through them. 

FootHills Publishing was formed in 1986 and produces hand-stitched chapbooks of the highest quality including titles by BOA Editor/Marketing Director Peter Conners.

Graywolf Press is a non-profit, literary publisher located in St. Paul, Minnesota. We specialize in poetry, fiction, and cultural criticism. To check out some "Books to Sink Your Teeth Into," visit the Graywolf web site.

Marick Press is a non-profit literary publisher located in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. They seek out and publish the best new poetry from an eclectic range of aesthetics - poetry that is technically accomplished, distinctive in style, and thematically fresh. Marick Press is publishing a fiction collection by Editor/Marketing Director Peter Conners in April 2008.

Milkweed Editions Just as the milkweed pod bursts open to disperse its downy seed, Milkweed Editions' mission is to propagate the unique and beautiful producing literature that promotes both personal reflection and cultural change.

Orchises Press is a small literary and general publisher located outside of Washington, D.C. that publishes five to eight books a year and has currently a list of roughly sixty titles, many of them original poetry, a love of the editor, Roger Lathbury. Orchises prides itself on the attractiveness of its volumes, both paperback and hardcover.

Open Letter is the University of Rochester's publishing house, dedicated to international literature.

Three Percent features an international blog, reviews of untranslated books, sample translations, and a calendar of grants and prizes for translation. It is overseen by Open Letter and the University of Rochester.

Shambhala Publications This website has Shambhala's catalog, author information, postcards, a brief history of the press, and a great links page.

Tupelo Press which released their first books in 2001, is an independent, literary press devoted to discovering and publishing works of poetry and literary fiction by emerging and established writers.

White Pine Press is a non-profit literary press established in 1973, publishing literature from around the world. They publish poetry, fiction, essays, short stories and literature in translation.  White Pine Press published a new poetry collection, Of Whiskey and Winter, by BOA Publisher Peter Conners in fall 2007.

Journals and Magazines

Double Room is a biannual literary publication founded in 2002 to explore the intersection of prose poetry and flash fiction.  This journal was co-founded and is co-edited by BOA Editor/Marketing Director Peter Conners.

Kestrel is a literary journal published twice a year (spring and fall) focusing on fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and translations. In the words of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, "Kestrel ranks among the finest literary journals we have. Its thoughtful editing has made it elegant without being elitist, wide-ranging without compromise." Kestral is now run by Fairmont State University.

Library Journal News, features, reviews of books, audio, audio and video, CD-Roms, websites, and magazines.

Ploughshares is the distinguished literary journal at Emerson College. Founded in 1971, each issue is guest-edited by a prominent writer who explores personal visions, aesthetics, and literary circles. Each issue contains stores, poems, a profile of the guest editor, book reviews, and miscellaneous notes about Ploughshares, its writers, and the literary world.

Publishers Weekly The international news magazine of book publishing and bookselling. Extensive listing of author readings across the entire United States.

Rain Taxi Review of Books is a quarterly publication focusing on literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, with an emphasis on works that push the boundaries of language, narrative, and genre. Press profiles, interviews, and in-depth reviews reflect Rain Taxi's commitment to spreading the word about the best in contemporary literature.

Tarpaulin Sky Press & Online Literary Journal Tarpaulin Sky's literary journal publishes cross-genre work as well as innovative poetry and prose, with an emphasis on experiments with language and form. Tarpaulin Sky Press was founded in 2006 to publish chapbooks as well as both handbound and perfectbound paperback editions of full-length books by authors such as Jenny Boully, Joyelle McSweeney, and Max Winter, among others.

UTNE Reader is "the magazine that helps you lead a more balanced, meaningful life by bringing you practical information, challenging viewpoints, and personal insights.

Web del Sol is a literary arts new media complex that hosts over 25 literary arts publications, many of which are also distributed nationally in hard copy form.

Gently Read Literature publishes in-depth reviews of poetry and fiction. Their focus is on authors and publishers that "do not typically get the attention they deserve."

The Other Herald is a monthly publication that showcases writers of Western NY and beyond.

Online Books

Dickinson, Emily Features Poems

Eliot, T.S. Features Poetry & Prose

Frost, Robert Features Three Volumes

Keats, John Features Poetical Works

Sandburg, Carl Features Cornhuskers

Shelley, Percy Bysshe Features Complete Poetical Works

Modern British Poetry edited by Louis Untermeyer

Whitman, Walt Leaves of Grass

Wordsworth, William Features Complete Poetical Works

Yeats, William Butler Features Poems

Poetry Sites

Academy of American Poets founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary American poetry. The largest organization in the country dedicated specifically to the art of poetry, the Academy sponsors an array of awards for poetry; a national series of public readings and residencies; and other programs that provide essential support to American poets and readers of poetry.

William Blake Archive Homepage allows you to search their archive for images, texts, or bibliographic information. This site also includes works by Blake and "his circle," and an extended bibliography of over 500 articles and books about Blake. David V. Erdman's Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake is coming soon.

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival offers four days of poetry readings, poetry discussions, poetry conversations, and poetry workshops. The site of this biennial festival offers information about the festival, accommodations,transportation, and more.

Omnidawn Blog The Omindawn Blog features podcasts, poems, stories, reviews, and more. The blog is a lively, informative site where the online writing community can find and disseminate information about their various literary ventures.

Poetry Daily A daily anthology of poetry. Also includes links to other sites of interest.

Poets & Writers assists authors in their search for career-related information, outlets for their work, opportunities for professional advancement and community with other writers.

Writers Conferences & Festivals

National Book Foundation sponsors the National Book Awards, National Book Month in October, and numerous educational outreach programs.

The Lannan Foundation A family foundation dedicated to cultural freedom, diversity, and creativity through projects which support exceptional contemporary artists and writers, as well as inspired Native activists in rural indigenous communities. 

Sites of Interest

Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester is the local arts agency for the Rochester, New York metropolitan region. It is their mission to develop, promote and strengthen the cultural industry for the benefit of the people of the Rochester region.

New York State Literary Center A nationally recognized non-profit arts-in-education organization with a focus on at-risk youth.

Project Bartleby Archive is an online library with a wide range of titles including Agatha Christie, Sarah Orne Jewett, Herman Melville, D.H. Lawrence, and many more.

Bookwire is designed to help people to discover, evaluate, order, and experience books. Powered by Bowker's Books in Print® database, Bookwire makes it easy to search and discover over 20 million book titles, including print, e-books, audio books and more.

The History of Printing site traces the development of the printed book. It is comprised of several linked documents.

New York State Council on the Arts The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, was established in 1960 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller and the State Legislature, and became a state agency in 1965. The Council's mission is "to preserve and expand the rich and diverse cultural resources that are the heritage of the people of the State" through the support of nonprofit arts organizations and artists in the State.

92nd Street Y "New York City's leading cultural institution."

Thoreau Center for Sustainability opened in April 1996 and is the home of more than twenty nonprofit organizations working directly on issues of social and environmental sustainability.

NPR's The Writer's Almanac The website of The Writer's Almanac®, a daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor. This site has an archive of almanac entries going back to October 2, 1995.

Writers and Books This site contains information about workshops, events, visiting writers, the Poulin Library housed at Writers and Books, and links to other sites useful to writers.

New York State Lit Tree was created as a clearing house for literature-related activities, offering in-depth information about participating organizations, reading venues and venue curators, comprehensive author biographies and other key information about literary organizations in New York State.

New York Library Association The New York Library Association (NYLA) was founded in 1890 to lead in the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship.

American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world with more than 64,000 members.  Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Steve Carpenter Gallery and Art Center the studio of Rochester-based artist Steve Carpenter which also serves as a home-base for the Monday Evening Creative Arts group. Courses on painting, shows by visiting artists, and community art events combine to make Steve Carpenter Gallery and Art Center a unqiue spot.

Lannan Foundation Audio Archives Welcome to the Lannan Foundation's Audio Archives. You can find links here to all of the audio recordings available on the Lannan Foundation website. The archives contain audio files from their popular Readings & Conversations series, other public Lannan events from the past 16 years, as well as selections from the award-winning literary radio program “Bookworm” with Michael Silverblatt.

Parents' Guide for Reading Poetry to Children

Giggle Poetry is geared toward elementary school kids, and seeks to prove that it's fun to learn about poetry. This site contains a wealth of kid-friendly poetry, lesson plans for teachers, and addresses key technical skills.

Children and Poetry is geared toward parents of kids from grades 1 and 3, but has material for teenagers as well.  The author lists the benefits of introducing poetry to children, and provides a step-by-step guide. The site also provides a list of books and websites for further exploration.

Poetry 180 is the brainchild of former poet laureate Billy Collins, who believes that poetry should be a part of high schoolers' every day lives. The site provides a listing of one poem for each school day, and includes suggestions for teachers regarding how to read poetry, and adapting poetry reading to the classroom. The poetry listing includes BOA poets Celia Woloch, Naomi Shihab Nye, David Ignatow and Dorriane Laux.

Poetry Month Booklist is geared toward parents whose kids' ages range from preschool to preteen. The site includes poetry books, as well as fiction and biography. This booklist ranges from preschool to preteen, from Horton Hears a Who to I'm Nobody, Who are You? This site also includes BOA poet Naomi Shihab Nye.

Poetry Friday is a collection of blogs geared toward adults who have a vested interest in children's literature.  Readers may link to poetry sites, describe poetry readings, and recommend great books. There is a wealth of material to choose from: from Silverstein to Shakespeare, there's something for everyone.

Kidlit is geared toward kids from grades 1-12. This site offers kids the chance to see their work published online and to take pride in being writers. The focus is by kids, for kids, and their works include book reviews, poetry and short stories, and artwork.