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This guide provides resources for information pertaining to literature and literary criticism.

Literature and Poetry Websites

The below websites provide additional information on Literature & Poetry.

Chicago Public Library: The Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

The collection primary focus is on African American literature and history in Illinois.


Journal of Literature and Art run by students. Committed to widening readership beyond established audience

Directory of Illinois Writers 

Site for independent literary communities including children’s literature, creative non-fiction, fiction, plays and poetry.

Eureka Literary Magazine 

List of journals and other literary information.

Fifth Wednesday Journal

Independent biannual literary magazine that features fiction, poetry, essays, photography, interviews and reviews.

Free Lunch

Features information on poetry markets and news with particular interest in the work of unpublished poets.

Guide to Poetry & Literature Streaming Video

Resource for locating streaming video of poets, fiction writers, and critics as they read and discuss their own and each other’s work.

Illinois Emerging Writer's Competition

Recognize and reward Illinois emerging writers who have not yet published but those on the cusp of accomplishment,


This website is Eastern Illinois University literary journal literary works.

Literary Resources on the Net

This website is Jack Lynch's Literary Resources Guide.

Ninth Letter

This website is University of Illinois literary journal.

Poetic License Inc

Poetry workshops for children and teens including their teachers, counselors and leaders.

Poetry Archive

Online collection of recordings of poets reading their work. 

Poetry Foundation

Published by an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry to celebrate the best poetry.

Poetry East

This website is an independent poetry publisher and journal affiliated with DePaul University.

Springfield Poets and Writers

This website non-profit organization inspires and supports literary arts.

TriQuarterly Magazine

This website features fiction, poetry, literary essays and graphic art.

University of Illinois Press

Publishes scholarly texts, poetry, fiction and non-fiction

Voice of the Shuttle: Minority Literatures: African American

Users will find an extensive list of links to Web resources in African-American Literature.