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Online Resources

Print periodicals can be found in the academic library next to the reading bridge and at the end of the 800's section.

Current Literary Journal Subscriptions with links to their websites:

- Apology (podcasts)

- Black Warrior (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)

- Bookforum 

- Dark Mountain (ICA links)

- Emergence Magazine has full-text provided

- Granta (podcasts)

- Hanging Loose

- Lapham’s Quarterly 

- McSweeney's 

- The New York Times (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)[password:icalib]

- The New Yorker (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)[password:icalib]

- Ninth Letter (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)

- The Paris Review (podcasts) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)

- Salt Hill

- The Sun has full-text provided

- zyzzyva (youtube channel)

- Zoetrope 

Back issues with links to their websites:

- American Literature (ICACAT) (JSTOR 1929-1999

- The American Poetry Review (ICACAT) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)

- Colors (ICACAT)


- Field (ICACAT)

- Fourth Genre (ICACAT) (JSTOR 1999-2016

- The Georgia Review (ICACAT) (JSTOR 1947-2016) 

- Glimmer Train Stories (ICACAT


- Kinfolk (ICACAT

- Northwest Review (ICACAT) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)


- One Story (ICACAT)

- Parabola (ICACAT) (podcasts)

- Passages North (ICACAT)

- Poets & Writers (ICACAT) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)[password:icalib]

- Poetry Northwest (ICACAT) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)

- A Public Space (ICACAT)

- Southern Poetry Review (ICACAT) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)

- The Southern Review (ICACAT) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)[password:icalib] (audio gallery)

- Tin House (podcasts) (FULL-TEXT ACCESS)

Academy of American Poets
offers hundreds of essays and interviews about poetry, biographies of more than 500 poets, over 1,700 poems, and audio clips of one hundred poems.

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

from the Library of Congress, this collection dates back to 1943, when Allen Tate was Consultant in Poetry. It contains nearly two thousand recordings—of poets and prose writers participating in literary events.

Cave Canem
founded to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.

Favorite Poem Project
was started by Robert Pinsky, former Poet Laureate of the United States who created this audiovisual poem project to reflect America’s diversity. Brief videos, the heart of the site, show Americans describing and reciting a personally meaningful poem. Other features include poem texts, teaching suggestions, and an invitation to submit a favorite poem. This project is contained in the Library of Congress Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature.

From the Fishouse 
promotes the oral tradition of poetry. The free online audio archive showcases emerging poets (defined for this purpose as poets with fewer than two published books of poetry at the time of submission) reading their own poems, as well as answering questions about poetry and the writing process. 

creates new audio recordings of poets and preserves existing audio archives. On the Web site, part of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.

Poetry Archives
makes and acquires recordings of poets from around the English-speaking world and makes substantial excerpts from them freely available online.

Poetry Daily 
posts a new poem daily. “Poems are chosen from the work of a wide variety of poets published in the English language. The daily poem is selected for its topical or seasonal interest, as well as for its literary quality.” Past poems are archived for a year and arranged by author, title, or date used. News contains links to recent articles, reviews, and interviews of poets.

Poetry Foundation
is a fantastic resource that offers the online journal Poetry; a poetry database including some of every major poet's work (searchable by form, era, subject, occasion, etc.), as well as critical essays on poetics and the Harriet Blog on news in contemporary poetry and much more.

Poetry 180: A Poem a Day 
was started by Billy Collins, poet laureate of the United States who compiled a list of poems that can be read aloud to students every day school is in session. Each poem has publishing and copyright information related to it. From the Library of Congress site.

Poetry of America

field recordings by a wide range of award-winning contemporary poets. Each poet reads a singular American poem of his or her choosing, and also speaks to how the poem connects, deepens, or re-imagines our sense of the nation. 

Poetry Out Loud 
was “created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.”

The Poetry Society 
represents British poetry both nationally and internationally and publishes The Poetry Review.

is “[a] language arts reference tool and comprehensive search engine for words. Includes the functions of a rhyming dictionary, thesaurus, and spelling checker, as well as an integrated full-text search engine for all of Shakespeare’s works and thousands of quotations and poems.”

Split This Rock 
cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. It calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of socially engaged poets.

a trove of audio recordings of avant-garde poetry.

Verse - 
is a site with a combined database of more than twenty respected reference works and several anthologies and individual works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In addition to out-of-copyright editions of classic works such as Bartlett’s, Bulfinch, and the Cambridge History of English and American Literature the collection also includes recent editions of the Columbia Encyclopedia, The World Factbook, Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, and much more. Searchable.

Verse Daily 
republishes one new poem a day from fine literary magazines and books, Verse Daily promotes poets and their publishers while providing a wealth of excellent poetry to the public free of charge. Verse Daily makes its selections from review copies of all magazines and books it receives.

The Writer’s Almanac 
is a site for “a daily program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor,” broadcast on public radio. It provides a browsable list of poetry read on the show, as well as a searchable archive of the programs (in audio as well as print). “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.”

Some Recommended Databases

Find Print Resources

Our fiction collection is divided into three sections:
—Juvenile section (J FIC) 
—Young Adult section (YA FIC)
—Adult section (FIC)

All items have FIC (Fiction) in the call number.
Within those sections, books are organized by author's last name and works with multiple authors are organized by title.

For example, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo has the call number: J FIC DIC

or The Fault in Our Stars by John Green has the call number: YA FIC GRE

or One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez has the call number: FIC GAR


Our graphic novel collection is divided into three sections:

- Juvenile section (J GNC) 
- Young Adult (YA GNC)
- Adult collection (GNC)

All items have GNC (Graphic Novels & Comics) in the call number.
Within those sections, books are organized by author's last name and series number.

Many of the literature works you will find in the library are classified according to the Dewey Decimal system in the call number range of 800's. The following link gives a breakdown of the 800 class.

For example, the book—

The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited and introduced by Ira Glass, has the call number:


which means

810.8  <-- American literature in English

N495   <-- Alphabetized by title (New) because it has multiple authors.

Please take note of these two series in the literature section:

Best American Essays 


Pushcart Prize (Best of Small Presses)



If you know the general subject you're interested in, follow the guides on the ends of the shelves to navigate the numbering system. If you know the specific title but not the call number, search ICACAT. If you need help at any time, don't hesitate to ask or email

We have an extensive poetry collection. Items are arranged alphabetically by category for a user-friendly browsing experience. Items in the entire poetry collection have a poetry sticker above the call number. The call numbers are arranged in categories by the type of content (Anthology, General, Poetry), followed by geographic area and either the author's name or the title of the book. 

To illustrate how the call numbers are labeled, you will see the book title in MLA format followed by a call number: 

MiloszCzeslaw, comp. A Book of Luminous Things: an International Anthology of Poetry. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1996. Print. 


Heaney, Seamus. The Redress of Poetry. New York: Noonday, 1996. Print.


Neruda, Pablo. New Poems, 1968-1970. Trans. Ben Belitt. New York: Grove, 1972. Print.


Below you can see a slideshow illustrating the breadth of our print poetry collection's holdings. We have examples of all the Whiting Award winners from 1985 to present.  

Our short story collection is divided into three sections:
—Juvenile section (J SC) 
—Young Adult section (YA SC)
—Adult section (SC)

All items have SC (Short Story collection) in the call number.
Within those sections, books are organized by author's last name and works with multiple authors are organized by title.

For example, Tenth of December by George Saunders has the call number: SC SAU 

or New American Stories edited by Ben Marcus has the call number: SC NEW

The adult short story section is comprehensive and includes the Best American Short Stories and the O Henry Awards Annual.

More award-winning writing can be found in the Pushcart Prizes collection found at 810.8/P987

In addition, the PEN/Malamud awards winners from 1988 to present are found in the short story collection. The following poster is a sampling of the depth of the collection:



Creative Writing

Guest artist session

Creative Writing

Guest artist session

Creative Writing

40th anniversary event

Creative Writing

40th anniversary event

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