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UT Poetry Center

About the Collection

About the Collection

The UT Libraries Poetry Center 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 and of independent publishers. Browse titles in the collection using the library catalog.

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, Latinx and Chicanx, and LGBTQ poets
  • Value to 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


Can I Check Out Poetry Center Books?

Currently, books from the UT Poetry Center are not available for check out. Ruth Stephan's original intention for the center was for it to be a place where anyone could come in, browse the shelves, and find inspiration. To honor this intention, we keep the collection as non-circulating and permanently available at the PCL.

You'll see the catalog records for Poetry Center books listed as "LIB USE ONLY". We hope this distinction allows for all community members, including those from the broader Austin community, to take advantage of this unique collection.

If you have questions about the collection and its non-circulating status, please contact Gina Bastone, Humanities Librarian at

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