The Woodberry Poetry Room

Woodberry Poetry Room

Founded in 1931, the Woodberry Poetry Room is home to an unparalleled collection of 20th and 21st century English-language poetry books and serials, audio recordings and rare materials. The Poetry Room offers students, faculty, scholars and members of the public a comprehensive experience of the art-form: from written text, to audio and visual recordings, to live readings and events.

The Woodberry's inimitable audio archive was inaugurated with the Harvard recording of T. S. Eliot reading Gerontion and The Hollow Men in 1930. Since that time it has grown to include such voices as W. H. Auden, Ted Berrigan, Elizabeth Bishop, Yves Bonnefoy, Joseph Brodsky, Robert Creeley, E. E. Cummings, Robert Duncan, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Louise Gluck, Ted Hughes, Robinson Jeffers, Philip Larkin, Denise Levertov, Audre Lorde, Robert Lowell, Czeslaw Milosz, Marianne Moore, Vladimir Nabokov, Sharon Olds, Sylvia Plath, Siegfried Sassoon, Anne Sexton and Wallace Stevens.

We welcome you to visit the Poetry Room and experience its vital and ongoing role in modern poetry.


Woodberry Poetry Room
Lamont Library, Room 330 
Phone: (617) 495-2454