UT Poetry Center

The UT Poetry Center, including the Ruth Stephan Poetry Collection, supports curricular and extracurricular reading, writing, performance, teaching, learning, and research campus- and city-wide including through the PhD level in English Literature; through the MFA level in two UT creative writing programs, the New Writers Project and the Michener Center for Writers; and in connection with the annual CantoMundo writers workshops.

The UT Libraries Poetry Center, including the Ruth Stephan Poetry Collection, seeks to gather representative works of renowned contemporary poets of the U.S. and international poets in conversation with the U.S. The collection’s unique identity arises from its focus on the work of local poets, of independent publishers, and of poets in conversation with local communities including African American Poets, Asian American Poets, feminist poets, Indigenous Poets, Latin@ Poets, and LGBTQ poets. The collection seeks to promote the reading of poetry for enjoyment, edification, and support of writing and independent publishing among the diverse university and Austin communities.

Titles are added to the collection based on the following criteria:

  • Reputation and identity of author and publisher: publication history, awards, peer recognition, representation of local communities
  • Works by poets of historically marginalized identities including works by African American, Asian American, feminist, Indigenous, Latin@/Chican@, and LGBTQ poets
  • Value to CantoMundo, the New Writers Project, the Michener Center for Writers, and the English Department
  • Relevance to university and Austin communities
  • Works in English, including in translation
  • Works by living poets
  • Works of contemporary U.S. poetry or which influence contemporary U.S. poetry
  • Support of small independent publishers with a focus on Texas publishers

The librarian builds the collection with feedback from the UT Poetry Center Working Group in the English Department and UT Poetry Center Advisory Committee Members campus-wide.

Contact: Gina Bastone, Humanities Librarian

Related collections

African and African American Studies
Art and Art History
Asian American Studies
Black Queer Studies 
East Asian Studies
English Literature
Germanic Studies
Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel Studies
Latin American Studies
Latin@ Studies
Middle East Studies
South Asian Studies
Theatre and Dance
Women’s and Gender/LGBTQ Studies
Youth Literature

Related UT Collections

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Poetry material is collected in all call number ranges. Browse the UT Poetry Center items in the library catalog