about the project

Read Write Poem is an online gathering place for those who love poetry — and for those who suspect that, with a little nurturing, they could grow to love poetry. Whether you are new to writing poetry or have been writing for years, you are welcome here. If you don’t write poetry but love to read and discuss it, this is also the place for you. (And who knows? After participating for a few months, you might realize you want to try your hand at writing a poem or two after all.)

As poets we love and need our solitude, but it’s also nice to interact with and reach out to a community of poets. Read Write Poem gives you the opportunity to connect with poets, share your work, discuss poetry and be part of a unique community. We publish poetry-related features, columns and news. We promote the reading, sharing and discussion of poetry. And we share poetry activities and poetry prompts. As of July 2009, we also offer member profile pages, groups, forums and other interactive features to give members an enriched community experience.

All that’s required to participate is an internet connection, gobs of love for the P word, and respect for and generosity toward your fellow members.

Please note that Read Write Poem is 100% volunteer-driven. We don’t receive any compensation for the work we do, other than the reward of seeing poets read, write and share poetry. Please take a moment to thank everyone listed on the Brought to You By page who makes this community possible. (And give yourself a pat on the back for being part of the community, because your presence here is also essential.)

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  • read write poem napowrimo anthology
    June 20, 2010 | 1:36 pm

    The Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Anthology is still in production. Selection, placement, layout and copyediting are taking longer than anticipated. Thank you for your patience. I hope to have the piece completed in July. For those who have emailed asking if they can be included, the May 7 deadline for submission of work stands. Those who met that deadline will be included. Please check the post on this site listing who I received submissions from by that date. If you submitted your work by the May 7 deadline in accordance with our guidelines and your name is not listed, send an email to info (at) readwritepoem (dot) org.

  • read write poem napowrimo anthology
    May 5, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Remember that Friday* is the deadline for submitting work to the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Anthology. Check out the guidelines for submission in the main column (to the left). On May 8, we’ll post a news item listing everyone we’ve received work from. If you submitted work and your name is not on that list, please let us know. Thanks!

    *I initially said “tomorrow,” but I meant to say “Friday.”

  • napowrimo congratulations, and a reminder
    April 24, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    It’s the final week of the Read Write Poem NaPoWriMo Challenge! Just 7 days left. With that, a reminder that Read Write Poem will culminate with the anthology featuring work from those who complete the challenge. A post with details for submitting to the anthology will be published May 1. Be sure you remove any information from the site that you want preserved — such as group content and personal messages. Those elements of the site will be removed May 1 as well. The main site will remain up as an archive.

  • ‘underlife’ tour at january gill o’neil’s blog
    April 20, 2010 | 8:11 pm

    January Gill O’Neil’s virtual book tour has moved to her site and is underway now. Check out the lineup at Poet Mom.

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