Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry, essays, and reviews. Book-length issues deliver news from the interior—poems that make concerns of our moment both urgent and intimate. Published with the conviction that poetry provides a record of human experience as valuable as history, Poet Lore’s intended audience is broadly inclusive.

Founded in January 1889, Poet Lore is the nation’s oldest poetry journal. It has published world-famous poets and new writers side by side throughout its long history. Charlotte Porter and Helen Clarke, two progressive young Shakespeare scholars, launched Poet Lore as a forum on “Shakespeare, Browning, and the Comparative Study of Literature” but soon sought out the original work of living writers.

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“When I was growing up my father always had copies of Poet Lore lying around the house or in his office. It was one of the first literary magazines I read and I have admired the poems I’ve found in its pages ever since.”
—Natasha Trethewey, former U.S. Poet Laureate

"Poet Lore has set the standard for poetry magazines in this country since 1889. There is none better. It is an honor to have appeared in its pages."
—Pablo Medina, poet, translator, and Rockefeller and National Endowment for the Arts fellow

“Every issue of Poet Lore is inspiring, for it shows that the little-magazine tradition has been alive and well since 1889, with the magazine’s founding. (Even Walt Whitman wanted aboard.) I appreciate the skillful editorial steering of this ship and the crew’s loyalty to the cause of assuring a literary legacy. Walt would be proud."
—David Ray, poet and former editor of The Chicago ReviewEpoch, and founding editor of New Letters

Poet Lore does what poetry journals are supposed to do: it gives new voices a place to sing and old voices a place to harmonize."
—A.B. Spellman, poet, music critic, and founding member of the Black Arts Movement


DISCLAIMER: If you choose to donate or purchase a subscription to Poet Lore (and we hope that you do!), then please know that this choice will not increase your chances for receiving publication in the journal. We maintain the highest ethical standards for the submission process. All donors/subscribers are managed by the Managing Editor who does not curate the content of the journal or rank submissions in any way. 
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Why do we need donors?

We have a very rich history, a treasured community of writers and readers, and a primarily all-volunteer editorial board. But, we survive on support from our generous donors: poets who submit to the journal, who take a workshop from our non-profit publisher, The Writer’s Center, or from those engaged literary citizens who understand the value of cultivating a shared economy of great literature.  


Where will your gift go?

If every person who submitted to the journal gave just $5.00, then we could ensure that every submission we receive continues to be read first and last by our Executive Editors who invest their time in discovering new voices. 

By donating today, your contribution will help to sustain America’s oldest and continuously published poetry journal.  Thank you in advance for any support you can offer.


Sincerely,

Eleanor Tipton

Managing Editor 


DISCLAIMER: If you choose to donate or purchase a subscription to Poet Lore (and we hope that you do!), then please know that this choice will not increase your chances for receiving publication in the journal. We maintain the highest ethical standards for the submission process. All donors/subscribers are managed by the Managing Editor who does not curate the content of the journal or rank submissions in any way.