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Founded in 1889, America’s oldest poetry journal has had a dual mission of discovery and translating great works since its ambitious beginnings. Charlotte Porter and Helen Clarke, two progressive young Shakespeare scholars, launched Poet Lore as a way to bring “Shakespeare, Browning, and the Comparative Study of Literature” to American readers, but they soon sought out the original work of living writers. They understood the significance of such marginalized luminaries as Paul Dunbar and Sara Teasdale.
We hold a mission of discovery within the heart of Poet Lore; the current editors discovered Reginald Dwayne Betts while he was incarcerated. Our regular feature, “World Poets in Translation” continues the legacy our foremothers began: to deliver global poetry to American readers.
Poet Lore is published by The Writer's Center. For 40 years, The Writer's Center has been a home for writers from all over the Washington metropolitan area. Our tradition of success is rooted in our vision, values, and mission.
The Writer’s Center cultivates the creation, publication, presentation, and dissemination of literary work. We are an independent literary organization with a global reach, rooted in a dynamic community of writers. As one of the premier centers of our kind in the country, we believe the craft of writing is open to people of all backgrounds and ages. Writing is interdisciplinary and unique among the arts for its ability to touch on all aspects of the human experience. It enriches our lives and opens doors to knowledge and understanding.
The Writer’s Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible. A copy of our current financial statement is available upon request. Contact the Writer's Center at 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 20815. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of the Secretary of State for the cost of copying and postage. The Writer's Center is supported in part by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, and by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.