The West Chester University Poetry Center was created in 2000 to further the study and appreciation of poetry. The goals of the Poetry Center are:
- to provide the nation's finest instruction in the diverse traditional techniques of poetry;
- to provide an international forum for the discussion of poetic form and prosody;
- to train teachers in the art of teaching poetry and poetic form;
- to foster the necessary dialogue between practicing poets and critics in a culture that too often separates them;
- to recognize poetic achievement through the Iris N. Spencer Awards;
The Center offers a variety of programs and activities that help expand its mission of bringing poetry to an ever-widening audience.
- West Chester University Poetry Conference (WCUPC) is the nation's largest annual poetry conference. WCUPC is unique because it offers workshops in traditional poetic craft, and provides a national forum to discuss major trends in contemporary poetry. As critic Carlin Romano has noted, it is "the nation's most intellectually rigorous conference for poets." (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Iris N. Spencer Poetry Awards, including the Donald Justice Poetry Award, the Iris N. Spencer Undergraduate Poetry Award, and the Myong Cha Son Haiku Award.
- Poetry reading series
The West Chester University Poetry Center offers an active, interesting, and diverse slate of activities. We invite you to join us and discover the joys of poetry.