Introduction and Mission

Welcome to the Poetry Project. The mission of the Poetry Project is to compile biographical information on the most important contemporary poets in the world. The poetry project is run by educators and other volunteers. All of the information compiled will be free and open for all to use. We also intend on establishing a method for school children to send letters and poetry to famous poets, who will in turn respond during the school year.

Nominated Poets under Consideration for Induction

We have just started the research process and the names below only point to a search. In the future, we will begin filling out the biographical information. The list below is not final, and is just a beginning. If you have suggestions or would like to make a nomination please contact us. Inclusion into the "Contemporary Poets Hall of Fame" is by induction only. We are looking for poets who already have, or are well on their way to making the most dramatic impact on society and the poetic arts. Our email is:

Amiri Baraka
Bill Bauer
Billy Collins
Bob Holman
Bryant McGill
C. K. Williams
Charles Bukowski
Coleman Barks
David Gonzalez
Deborah Garrison
Denise Duhamel
Denise Levertov
Galway Kinnell
Gary Snyder
Gwendolyn Brooks
Howard Nemerov
Jane Hirshfield
Jeanie Wilson
Joe Weil
Kurtis Lamkin
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lorna Dee Cervantes
Louise Gluck
Lucille Clifton
Marge Piercy
Mark Doty
Mark Strand
Maya Angelou
Mona Van Duyn
Naomi Shihab Nye
Paul Muldoon
Richard Wilbur
Rita Dove
Robert Pinsky
Samuel Menashe
Sharon Olds
Shirley Geok-lin Lim
Stanley Banks
Stanley Kunitz
Ted Hughes
Thomas Zvi Wilson
W.S. Merwin
William Stafford
Yusef Komunyakaa

Ambassador Program

Poets In Residence Program

Gracious Thanks to the Kind Sponsors that make this Possible