Welcome to Poetry Central! Created by Lance Larsen, PhD, Utah Poet Laureate 2012-2017, Poetry Central is a clearinghouse of information for teachers, students, and anyone else interested in reading and writing poetry.
A great way to interact with poetry is by hearing poets read their own work. Visit our Bite-Size Poetry page to watch videos of notable Utah poets reading short poems. If you want to see a list of the videos in each YouTube playlist, click here: 2015 Bite-Size Poetry or here: 2009-2011 Bite-Size Poetry.
Here are great websites for reading both classic and contemporary poetry:
We’ve gathered poetry prompts from many of the Bite-Size Poetry poets. Those noted with an asterisk (*) are exercises especially well-suited for K-12 classrooms.
Visit the Poets & Writers page for some good poetry prompts online:
Visit the Academy of American Poets page for information about various poetry forms:
Dr. Larsen recommends these books with poetry exercises and prompts:
The Utah State Poetry Society’s mission is “nurturing those with a desire to write poetry”: