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.”