, seeks critical essays, commentaries, and reviews on oral and aural poetries with an emphasis on the 20th- and 21st centuries. Contributions related to American Modernist poetry, Ethnopoetics, the Black Mountain School, New York School, and more recent experimental poetry are particularly welcome. Featured authors at Audibleword include: Cecilia Vicuna, Charles Bernstein, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, John Taggart, and Martin Espada.

The pervasive digital distribution of poetry audio (and development of archives and portals such as PennSound, the Electronic Poetry Center, and Ubu Web, not to mention literary podcasts) suggest that the contexts for reception of poetry are undergoing a shift. Contributions are sought which will help shape the reception and critical discourse for aural poetry.

- close-listening of poetry performance events
- critical scholarly essays
- reviews and hyrid genre commentaries (esp. as related to the featured poets)
- methodological discussions and theorization of transcription, documentation, audio editing and presentation

We will consider first web publication of pieces that have previously appeared in print only.

About the Site: AudibleWord.Org promotes the appreciation and study of oral and aural poetries of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We aim to make performance documents in digital media freely accessible to students, teachers, scholars, and artists. In collaboration with contemporary practitioners, as well as critics and educators, we also seek to create an informative context for the appreciation of this work by publishing original commentary, archival scholarship, and other relevant documents.

Contact Kenneth Sherwood ( for information and enquiries.
Kenneth Sherwood, PhD
Department of English
Graduate Program in Literature and Criticism
Indiana University of PA