Poetry and literary readings online, literary audio files, MP3s, audio books, lectures and debate. A comprehensive guide to websites
Literary readings online: poetry readings, novels on audio
American Academy of Poetry Archive
Audio and video recordings of poets speaking.The Academy of American Poets has presented and recorded over 800 poetry readings, lectures, and symposia.
Audio books. Librivox. Audio readings of literary works.
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
BBC Poetry Out Load
Poets perform their own work, recorded on audio.
Vieos and audio of poets reading their poetry.
Audio readings of literary works. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain books available as free audio books. They are a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
Free audio books on iTunes: fiction, classics, poetry, discussion, interviews.
PennSound is an ongoing project, committed to producing new audio recordings and preserving existing audio archives of poetry readings.
PennSound is a project of the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing, University of Pennsylvania.
Poetry Matters Now
An online collection of readings and video interviews with poets.
T. S. Eliot reading extracts from Four Quartets.
The Poetry Archive
UbuWeb. Concrete and visual poetry. An excellent, comprehensive online archive of poetry, as well as historical audio and filmed recordings.
UbuWeb’s historical section primarily documents the trajectory of visual and concrete poetry, beginning with Simias Rhodius’s “Wings of Eros in Theocritus”, dating from 1516, and continuing all the way into the late 1970s.
W. H. Auden.
A reading by W. H. Auden, at the 92nd St. Y’s Poetry Center, March 27, 1972. (New York Times, free online access.)
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Debate, discussion, online lectures *
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