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Keep America’s oldest, continuously published poetry journal going. Published since 1889.

If you wish to support Poet Lore, please consider making a donation via our E-store.

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In 2014, the journal celebrated 125 years in print—a crucial moment in the journal’s history. Helen A. Clarke and Charlotte Porter founded Poet Lore in 1889 with a broad commitment to world writers—and a mission of discovery. With your support, the journal can continue to introduce contemporary writers of promise to a broad audience, carrying its legacy well into a second century of publication.

Contributions allow Poet Lore to remain faithful to the printed word in a digital age by helping to undertake Poet Lore’s twice-annual printing and distribution cost. Your support also guarantees that Poet Lore’s executive editors review every one of the thousands of annual poetry submissions they receive with the highest editorial standards.

Poet Lore is deeply grateful for the institutional and individual donations that support our work.

You may also wish to support The Writer’s Center, Poet Lore‘s publisher, which has been a home for writers from all over the Washington metropolitan area.

The Writer’s Center is an independent literary organization with a global reach, rooted in a dynamic community  of writers. The Center cultivates the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work. As one of the premier centers of its kind in the country, The Center believes the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages, that writing is interdisciplinary and unique among the arts for its  ability to touch on all aspects of the human experience, and that it enriches our lives and opens doors to knowledge and understanding.

To support The Writer’s Center, you may become a member of The Writer’s Center or make a donation to Annual Fund.

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