The Poetry Center is committed to supporting innovative poetry programming in university-level coursework. Our world-class collections have been used in the teaching of technical writing, visual arts, drama, ESL, and Spanish, along with composition, literature, and creative writing. The Poetry Center’s collections and educational resources are freely available to educators regardless of institutional affiliation.  

If you are a university-level instructor interested in working with poetry in your classroom, here are some of the resources available to you:

  • University field trips  Guidelines and policies for organizing a class visit to the Poetry Center
  • University curricula  Individual lesson plans tailored to specific poetic craft elements and course objectives
  • Voca  Online audio/video archive featuring hundreds of performances from the Poetry Center’s long-running Reading Series
  • Online library exhibitions  Digitized archive of past exhibitions from the Poetry Center Library, featuring rare books, broadsides, photographs, and archival materials from the Poetry Center’s collections. This section of the website is under construction; check back later!

For further information, or to set up a class visit or consultation, contact Library Specialist Sarah Kortemeier at