Poetry Contests, the National Library of Poetry, and Amateur Poetry Anthologies

One of my jobs as a digital reference specialist is to answer questions submitted through the Poetry and Literature Center’s Ask a Librarian form. The questions I receive tend to cluster around two or three major categories, such as how to find literary criticism on a novel and how to locate the full text of a poem without knowing its title and author. By far the most common question I receive, however, comes from people trying to find poems that they wrote, submitted to a poetry contest, and subsequently had published in a poetry anthology.

In almost every instance, the poems in question were published by an amateur, or vanity press, poetry publisher. These for-profit publishers, which have been extremely active since the 1980s, accept nearly every poem submitted to their contests for publication, and make money by encouraging winning poets to purchase copies of the anthologies in which their poems appear.

The Library of Congress has become a locus of questions about vanity press poetry publishers—receiving upwards of two-hundred inquiries per year—because many people mistakenly believe that the Library itself publishes and sells these anthologies. This misconception occurs for a number of reasons. First, the names of some amateur poetry publishers are quite similar to the Library of Congress. One of the largest amateur poetry publishers in the 1990s and 2000s was the National Library of Poetry, whose name is frequently confused with the Library of Congress, or, as many people refer to us, the “National Library of Congress.” Second, many of these publishers send emails and letters to winning poets that link their anthologies with the Library of Congress. Their correspondence sometimes notes that the anthologies will be submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, or that the anthologies will be assigned a “number” by the Library of Congress. People often take this to mean that the Library of Congress will add the book to its permanent collections, or will assign it an ISBN number. The National Library of Poetry, in fact, printed ISBNs on its anthologies” copyright pages in such a way that people might assume the numbers were issued by or associated with the Library of Congress:

Copyright page of the National Library of Poetry anthology East of Sunrise.

Copyright page of the National Library of Poetry anthology East of Sunrise.

In practice, the Library rarely adds these books to its collections, and is not responsible for assigning ISBNs to books. Rather, what will usually happen is that the anthology will be registered with the Copyright Office and receive a copyright registration number.

To help people find poems they’ve had published by amateur poetry publishers, the Library has created an online guide to amateur poetry anthologies. The guide discusses the standard practices of these publishers, includes entries on dozens of active and inactive publishers, and offers tips on how to locate the anthologies through libraries and bookstores. If you’re looking for a poem that you, a family member, or a friend submitted to a contest or had published in a poetry anthology, please take a look at the guide and see if it helps with your search. Of course, we are happy to assist you directly as well: simply email your question to our Ask a Librarian service and we’ll do all we can to help you find your poem.


  1. George Cooper lll
    July 22, 2012 at 10:38 am

    I had a poem published in this book in 1986 can I view it? George Cooper lll

    • Peter Armenti
      July 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Hi George. If you’re trying to locate a poem you had published in a poetry anthology published in 1986, please submit your question to the Poetry & Literature Center’s Ask a Librarian Web form. I’ll be happy to help you track it down. Any further details you can provide, such as the name of the book’s publisher, the title of the anthology, or the title of your poem will give me the best chance of locating it. Thanks.

      -Peter Armenti

  2. Stephany
    January 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

    I also had a poem published & recieved papers from ” the national library of poetry” saying I was to be published in one of their volumes. I never got the book though. I would like to know if my poem is there somewhere & if there is a book obtainable. If so I woukd love to purchase a copy. My poem was titled Through All & my name is Stephany Renae Blackard.

    • Peter Armenti
      January 22, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Stephany, I’m going to add your question to our Ask a Librarian service and respond to you outside of these comments. I was able to find a copy of your poem through the Poetry.com database, and will send it to you soon.

  3. laila abrahami
    January 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    i have written 2 poems in the library of congress under the greatist poets of the 20th century how can find my poems, thank you.

  4. Helen Farina
    February 9, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I sent a poem in 1996 received a letter back asking me to initial it for accuracy .I was supposed to send it back to 11419-10 Cronridge Drive Post office box 704 Owings Mills Maryland 21117 Phone #410-356-2000 The date was Feb. 5th 1996 I was in the process of moving and never did anything about it Long story short I just found th eletter I now live in Delaware There was a notation to put it in the sound of poetry It said it was a wonderful verse the name of the poem was MY VISION by Helen E Farina please check into this I appreciate it Thank you Hope you understand everything I am just learning te computer and I’m turning 73 so I thought I better do something with my poems I remain Helen Farina

  5. Michael L Lane
    February 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

    I had several poems posted on the “National Library of Poetry” and/or poetry.com. There are several that were entered into contests, but the names of the two most remembered poems are:
    “One and Only Jewel” and “A Single Bloom.” One or both of these poems were supposed to be published in “America at the Millinium: The Best Poems and Poets of the 20th Century.”
    I have been to both sites listed above, several times, and tried to access my poems, but have been unable to do so. If you could help me, I would be ever so grateful. Thanking you in advance for your time and assistance.
    Michael L. Lane,
    [email protected]

  6. Donald Watkins
    March 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I have three poems that I would like to have published. What courde of action can you recomend

  7. Chris Barach
    March 14, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I entered a poetry contest from Maryland around 1979-1978. The contest was in our local newspaper. I had papers that said my poem would be published in one of their volumes. My poem was titled “Growing Together”.I was wondering if it was possible to get a copy of the book my poem was in.
    Thank you

  8. Christine McVey
    April 4, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I had a poem published in 1993 in the anthology ” Where Dreams Begin” and I would like to know where I can purchase that edition?

    Thank you

  9. The Bastard of Doggerel from evilCozPoetry
    April 7, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I think it was titled: “Shadows and Light”. Published by the National Library of Poetry. I think in about 1991/2. I don’t remember the title of the poem I submitted. But I do remember that I was nominated for “Poet of the Year”. And I gave permission for my work to be published. As well as giving additional permissions to have come, Soap Opera Personality, read my poem in front of some baroque music, to be recorded on audio tape. I was thinking, like, Cajun? Bar-B-Que? LOL.
    Of course they wanted money too. Which I never gave, But, supposedly that didn’t change my chances of winning. Did anyone ever win that wasn’t affiliated with the company?

    The last name would be Perkins. I can’t remember which given name I gave.
    Can anything be found from the info. I just mentioned?

    Thank you,
    evilC aka “The Bastard of Doggerel” who once thought he was a real cool cat.

  10. Virginia Harmon
    April 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Peter, my name is Virginia Harmon and I hope that you’ll be able to assist me. In 1993, I submitted a poem to The National Library of Poetry and recieved a letter stating that my poem had been chosen to be published in an anthology titled A Break in the Clouds. The name of the poem was My Little Bundle of Joy. I would like to purchase a copy of this anthology if at all possible. Any help you can assist me with in this matter will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
    V. Harmon

  11. Jackie Smith
    June 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I would love to find it at any means possible. The title was “Scars”…Please help me and inform me if I can be of any assistance.
    Thank you

  12. Tammy Leach
    June 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Hi, I had a poem published in an anthology from the national library of poetry in a book called Of Diamonds and Rust, the poems title was ;Rumors, I recently found a copy and bought it but I did not realize there was more than one volume, the volume i bought is volume two. My poem was not there, i am trying to find the right volume I am in and purchase it. I originally had a copy but it got destroyed any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

  13. Gail Berreitter
    July 21, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I want to thank you for this information as it was confusing to me when I was getting emails from them about being published. All they wanted was to have me send money to get the award and to be published.

    I have a number of poems published through the National Library of Poetry. I, too, would like to know if they got into an anthology. Also, how do you see these anthologies?

    Painful Knowledge and Come Talk to me were two of my poems. I thought I did another, but can’t remember.

    Thank you!

  14. Daphne Allen-Haas
    September 22, 2013 at 1:36 am

    I would love to view or locate my poem submited & published into the National Library of Poetry thr title is
    “Broken Leafs” I ws suppose to recieve a book as well with my published poem I ws around the age of sixteen when I submited my poem.I am now almost 35 years old and would also love to submit more but mainly I want to find my already submited poem from years ago and possible find out why I never recieved thr book after hours and many correct ing errors in the way that they deemed fit, thank ttu and I really hope I find my poem

  15. Brenda Dixon
    January 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I am trying to find out if a poem I wrote in 1997 was published in the Sound of Poetry….

    hope you can help.

  16. Sheila
    January 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I see you are helping amateur poets find submissions. I have a poem in the National Library of Poetry’s 1996 or ’97 anthology “Into the Unknown”. I purchased a copy as described in the above article and have since lost it. Would like to replace it but not with the blue hard copy offered by the female editor. It is a burgundy book with a square picture of trees I believe. Thank you for your help.

  17. chase positerry
    January 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    wrote poem called the game for the national library of poetry owings mills maryland the book was called on wings of the wind need to see if i can buy that book

  18. Vincent T. Gallegos
    February 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    I had submitted a poem back in the 90’s and was wondering if you still have the book available to purchase. The name of the poem was “Our Golden Dreams”.

  19. Elizabeth A. Dougherty, Spicer
    February 6, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Dear Peter, Good Day! I submitted a poem around the year 1995-1996 called “REFLECTIONS” published into a book called THROUGH THE HOUR GLASS… Into the National Library of poetry! I was also asked to resubmit my poem for the Millenium but didn’t even have the funds to buy the first book. I don’t know if this book of poetry has one Volume or 2. Please if you could send me some information of how I can obtain a copy of this book. And to inform me if it cost me anything for you to respond to these questions and answers? Thank You, Elizabeth +++

  20. Brenda Dixon
    February 12, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I have recently sent a letter of request ot the NLP and I had it returned

    Iwondered if someone could send me the latest address of this organization.

    the National Library of Poetry as at 2014.

  21. Janet
    February 17, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    I had a poem that I wrote and it was printed in a book called Tracing Shadows. I was told it would be in the National Library of Congress. If you wanted a copy of the book with your poem printed in it, you had to buy the book. That may be why some of you never got a book. I thought I would past that along to everyone. The book has thousands of poems in it and in the back, it has a bio about the person who wrote the poem. You had to give them permission to print that information if you wanted it featured in the year that your poem was written.

    April 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    my mother…wrote a lot of poems and sent them to you. my mother passed dec24 2012. we were looking through her papers and found one of your proof of the poems. it was called summer rain. she had one published i don’t know what year but i would like to have all the poems she sent you. do you keep them long? the one about summer rain has a date of dec 30 1994. is there any way you could send me her poems. thank you carol daniels.

  23. Debi Schiller
    April 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Hi…My name is Debi and a friend of mine has asked me to find a poem he got published thru the national library of poetry in about 1997…The poem was titled “inner beauty” and it was copyrighted to Michael Goldsberry…he also gave me a pin #…If possible i’d also like to find any poems by myself…any help you can give would be great…thank you for your time and help…

  24. goldie lara
    April 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    hi my name is goldie lara formerly goldie shell. in the 1990’s i wrote and sent in 2 of my poems. COME TAKE MY HAND which won the silver poet or golden poet. and MAJESTIC. i was going through my old papers and i found several of my poems and one of the responses from you .vipp1057476-100 dated october 2 1997. i was wondering if they were in any poetry book?
    thankyou goldie lara
    5014 erdman ave baltimore md. 21205

  25. Josh Schneider
    May 15, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Like most kids, I submitted a poem I wrote in the mid to late 90s. I have no idea who I submitted it to, but I believe the poem was called ‘Shadows of Despair’. I am trying to locate it, can you please help?

  26. Debbie Smith
    May 27, 2014 at 10:51 am

    I too entered a contest with the National Library of Poetry. I believe it was in 1996. They told me it would be published, wanted me to purchase the book, but never did. My Poem was titled “Cry for the Babies”. My name is Debra Bedell Smith or I may have signed it Debbie Bedell Smith. Is there a way to find it? Thank you so much.

    P.S. I found some others titled the same, but not mine.

  27. Rhea Jeffrey
    May 31, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Hello, I entered a poem back in 1995 there about and I am hoping that you can assist me in finding this poem as soon as possible as I would like to read at my grandmother funeral. It was named Delomie..


    • Peter Armenti
      June 6, 2014 at 2:53 pm

      Dear Rhea,

      I located your poem and sent it to you as an attachment in a separate email. I’m sorry for your loss.


  28. penny dunne
    June 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I had a poem publushed in 1995 national library of poetry.The Preface. By penny dunne …..never saw it. they told me the wrong book…Feb

  29. Erica Goldman
    July 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    I submitted a poem, titled ‘Nature Walk’ in 1995, when I was 16 years old. I remember receiving a letter asking for permission for it to be published in the NLP anthology titled After the Storm – but my mother did not want it published as she felt it wasn’t fair to my siblings that they wouldn’t be recognized. I know….really unfortunate, right? I believe there was information about having it placed on a tape for people to listen to as well, some of the details are a little foggy. I have been trying to locate my poem ever since but I am fearful that the floppy disk it was stored on at the time has since been destroyed. I purchased After the Storm back in 2005 to see if it had been published but couldn’t locate it but I’m not surprised as my mother admitted a few years ago that she lied when she told me she sent in the release form. Could you please check the archives for my poem, Nature Walk. Thank you!

  30. Eddie Jacobs
    August 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I have been published in several of their anthologies over the past years. The book I had entitled East of The Sunrise was lost to me while moving around. Is there anyway you can locate this or any other poem published by me in their anthology series.

  31. Christine Newsom
    September 10, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I had a poem published in an anthology in the 80s. I do not remember the publisher’s name nor the title of the book or poem. It was a program where you actually had to pay, supposedly for the book, but I don’t have the book and have lost the hard copy of the poem. I would truly like to find it again since it was about my first born. Where should I go and what should I do?

  32. mahinour
    September 12, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Dear Mr/Mrs

    My name is Mahinour a 21 years old , a medical student
    i am from Egypt
    i have written English poetry and i was wondering how to get em published
    i have had a chance to publish poems in a couple of anthologies
    but since then i have been searching for a journal or magazine
    i would be grateful if you could help me get my poetry publish or guide me to the right way


  33. bernice williams
    September 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    hello, my name is Bernice Williams I also had several poems published in one or more of your anthologies back in the late 90’s. I would love to know how I can get noticed once again. The name of one of my poems were, “the old home place”

    September 22, 2014 at 10:22 am


  35. Angela McLeod
    September 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I had a poem published in 2002 in a book called where dreams begin. I attended the William Shakespeare banquet for the poetry convention in Orlando Florida and they told me it was published in that book in the Library of Congress.

  36. rich
    October 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    how do I submit poetry for publishing possibility.

  37. Joan Ellis
    October 16, 2014 at 2:16 am

    I have been trying to find a poem called SKIPPING STONES. It won first place in an anthology I believe was called ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM published by NATIONAL LIBRARY OF POETRY. Do you know where I could get a copy of that poem? Thanks

  38. timberre mims
    November 10, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I too have been searching tirelessly for a poem
    I did years ago titled ” IT WAS JUST A DREAM”
    was rated number one and I was offered to be flown
    Out to do the poem to Shirley Franklin..please help me find it I really love that poem

  39. Marcia J. Turner
    November 19, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I was supposed to have had a poem, “Love Me Forever”, published in the book, “The Coming of Dawn”, in the early nineties, but do not know if it was. At the time it was to be printed, I couldn’t afford to buy the book, so I never got to “see” my poem in print. I actually lost the only copy I had of my poem,(we moved), so I was hoping that it still exists somewhere. Do you think you can help me? Thank you, Marcia J. Turner

  40. Debbie Christian
    November 29, 2014 at 1:03 am

    I was sent an award letter when I was 19 (1990/91) & I’m 42 now stating that a poem I wrote would be published in Of Diamonds and Rust Vol.1 & wanted me to buy a copy of the anthology I didn’t have the money for it & have since been in a traumatic accident can not for the life of me remember the name of the poem but remember all that I think it was something like”The World Today” I would really like to have a copy for my children any help finding it would be greatly appreciated and such a blessing Thank you, Debbie Christian

  41. joanne eckert
    December 13, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Hi I had a poem published at one point, it was a poetry contest, I have since moved and lost most of my belongings and was hoping you could find the publishing. I never did receive a copy of the book. Thank you.

  42. keith bryant
    December 18, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Trying to fi d my poem called “a little flame”.Published in early to mid 80’s i beleave.Wolud love to find it for my daughter for whom it was written.Thank you.

  43. Crystle
    January 11, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Is there an actual valid website for the “National Library of Poetry” or are they no longer?

    • Peter Armenti
      January 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

      Dear Crystle,

      The National Library of Poetry’s (NLP’s) official website was formerly Poetry.com. The NLP, which was part of a larger company (Watermark Media Group, Inc.), is no longer active, and no longer has an official website. That said, Poetry.com still remains an active website–it is now operated by the company Newton Rhymes, LLC. For additional information, you can take a look at our entry on the NLP in our online guide to amateur poetry anthologies.



  44. David F. Lee
    January 20, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    What happened to the national library of poetry in Owens mills, Md.? are they still in business? can they still be reached? I get a run around when I try to search them on the internet

    • Peter Armenti
      January 28, 2015 at 7:42 am

      Hi David,

      The National Library of Poetry (NLP) is no longer in business, and consequently can no longer be reached. The NLP formerly ran the Poetry.com website, which is still active but is now operated by a different company, Newton Rhymes, LLC. For additional information, you can take a look at our entry on the NLP in our online guide to amateur poetry anthologies. If you have additional questions about the company, or need help locating a poem you submitted to the NLP, please feel free to contact me through our Poetry and Literature Center Ask a Librarian form and I’ll be happy to provide additional assistance.



  45. Jessica madau
    January 23, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I had a poem published in the 90’s (libary of congress) the title was Day Break something similar to that title, an I would like to locate the book to purchase if possible,how can I do that?

  46. mmana Bathobakae
    February 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    I am trying to locate my poems…One of my poems titled “Love is what it is” was nominated on the international poetry awards which took place in washington in 2012. I was then asked to send 10 more poems to be included on the anthology of poems. I was promised to get a copy bt to this date I never received any. Please help me locate it.


    Mmana Bathobakae

  47. Heather Chapman
    February 6, 2015 at 1:08 am

    I entered 2 poems in a publishing contest back in 1993-94 and was told they would be in that years poetry book which I was unable to purchase at that time but I had every reason to believe it was an authentic reputable association as I believe they were still issuing new collections each year, but now all I can recall is that the name was along the lines of American Poetry Guild of America, and now I would like to see if my poems were really published and if so would I be able to purchase an issue from that far back?
    I hope you will be able to help me, or at least direct me on the right path. An ex-friend of mine stole and plagerized many of my writings, one of which was one of the two that I believed to be copy protected because of it’s being published, and have always wondered ever since if I could have filed a law suit against her. None the less, it would be something to show for my life that I was always proud of.
    Will be looking forward to your response. Thank you!

  48. michelle
    February 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    I have wrote 13 poems to your libaray and I would like to get the book there in or if there on a plaque I know there would be a price for them….

  49. arizona cunningham
    February 12, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    I’m trying to help my mom find a poem she wrote for her first daughter who passed away. The poem.was written in 1995, I believe. It was published in a book, but my mom does not remember the title of the book. The title of the poem is called ” in memory of ” my mom’s name is Michelle Leonard. Her and my father tried finding the book back when it was published but never had any luck. If you could help me find this poem for her, I would be forever grateful.

  50. tommy grace
    February 24, 2015 at 12:47 am

    i have a poem i need to find bad it was in the book a far away place could you tell me if my name is in there and if so how could i purchase a copy

  51. Cindy Knapp
    February 24, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I had a poem published in the mid-late 90’s. I think it was in Ebbing Tide. Can you please help me find it? I am trying to establish myself as an Author now and wold like to mention this. I do not remember which poem it was.

    Thank you!

  52. Blic Echols Jr
    February 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Hi my name is Blic Echols Jr, I have several poems i have writen and would like to try and get them published, but i have no idea on how to go about it, If you could possibly give me some more information about it on how to go about it on my email address i would greatly appreciate it, thank you and have a good day

  53. wanda jones
    March 9, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I published a poem in the national library of poetry bk n the late 80 r early 90 I did recieve a book w my poem n the book called reality of life soon after the house burn down I tryed to get another book they told me it wasnt n there computer anymore how can I retreive the book w my poem in it, an how do I get in d next contest, plz dont send ur answer by email my computer is broken u may tex me (deleted) r mail me at delete) thank u in advance wanda jones

  54. Arlene DeFilippo
    March 15, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I hope you can help me to locate a few of my poems. I did purchase one of my poems called Gentle Footsteps in the Book the is called “A Lasting Mirage – The National Library of Poetry. Editor Caroline Sullivan. Copyright 1997. Manufactured in The United States of American by Watermark Press – 1 Poetry Plaza Owings Mills, MD 21117. Address all inquiries to Jeffrey Franz, Publisher. Hope this will help someone find their poem. I am looking for my poem called “Why” It was written about a homeless lady. I would love to find the Poetry book that it was published in. It was nominated on the international poetry awards which took place in New York – which I never attended, but did receive a certificate. I would appreciate any help. Thank you!

  55. beverly lightner
    April 26, 2015 at 11:22 am

    My son had a poem published in After the storm in the late 80s or early 90s i purchased the book at that time but a friend decided they wanted it more than my son so it was lost and never reovered. I am interested in purchasing another copy. My sons name is […].

  56. olivia
    May 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    i entered this year and i would like to know when the winner will be decided will they email me?

  57. Amber Kissick
    May 15, 2015 at 2:28 am

    I’ve had several poems published since o think 2002? I used to have copies of them along with certificates but lousy everything on a house fire a few years ago. I’m not sure how to find them but would like to.

    • Peter Armenti
      May 15, 2015 at 8:10 am

      Dear Amber,

      Since you’ve also submitted your question to our Ask a Librarian service, I will go ahead and reply back to that version of your question. You’ll receive an email from me soon.



  58. Taresa
    May 17, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    I had a poem published in the year 2004 and cannot find it

  59. Iz’Jayna Thomas/-EL
    May 30, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I have submitted several poems in the duration of the estimated year of 2008 through the present year of 2015. I would like to access them, is there any way you could help me find them ?

  60. Alyce Aileen Ackley
    June 11, 2015 at 7:51 am

    I have submitted several poems to poetry.com from I believe 1993-1999 give or take A year. A couple of the titles are….Barney Beaver, My Last Request, and also I think Lost or Forgotten Love. There was another one as well about friendship and quite possibly a few more. If you could please help me locate my poems and get me copies of them and or the book or books that they are in I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help on this matter.

  61. Dr. S.L. Beckes
    July 21, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Would like to buy a copy of one of your books “Forever and a Day”
    ISBN 1-57553-070-8 published in the winter of 1996.
    Please email me the facts.
    VIP # PO405543 Poet Beckes

  62. Charles Griego
    July 22, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    According to the letter I received January 8,1996, my poem was “scheduled to appear in print.” Re; Beneath the Harvest Moon. How can I view this publication?

  63. pamela delos reyes
    August 17, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Hi! I wrote a poem called “Hipped” which I saw online at poetry.com. It was included in the book called Letters from the soul ( LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ISBN-07951-5160-8 ) published in 2002. I never had a copy of the book and I would like to have one if it’s possible, how or where can i purchase a copy? thanks.

  64. jenny shaw
    August 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I am trying to find a copy of my poem that was supposedly printed in the 1996 national book of poetry x I was jenny yates then but can’t remember the title of the poem just that it was about a boy called mark x

    Please would you be able to find it for me I’d love to see it again
    Thank you
    Mrs Jenny shaw x

  65. Eddie C.
    September 13, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    When I was younger I had a poem published by one those groups/contests. It was sometime when I was in 5th to 8th grade. I remember being told it was published, but being a child I never followed through on getting a copy. Nor did they realize my age as they never asked for parental permission and sent me propaganda about getting children to write more.

    All I have to go on is that the poem was titled “Red” and was published sometime with in 1990 – 1993 with my name as Jose E. Castillo.

  66. Trina Charles
    October 10, 2015 at 2:26 am

    I was published in 1997 by National Library of Poetry . My poem Is called ” Walk Past Yesterday ” I am not sure what volume It was printed in . I would love to purchase a copy of it . My name when published is Trina Srda .

  67. Marta Agostini
    November 17, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I entered a poetry contest in 1989or 1990 and have been trying to find my poem. If there’s any way that someone can help my in retrieving a copy I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

  68. Bonnie Moore
    November 17, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I had a poem in the 90’s published and purchased the book. The title is “YOUR BODY” I believe its on page 90-91.The book was burned in a house fire and I really would like to purchase another. Is this possible?

  69. Teresa K. Sobolewski
    January 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    I received several letters saying my poems from time areas 1995 Wheathers Last Forever and ended in
    9-10-2001 last poem My Indian Lover. There were about 21 different poems almost all excepted to be published however I never purchased any of them and lost all of them in a fire after leaving my husband and would like to retrieve them again. I have no copies of them anywhere and they were meant to be a autobiography. If you can help me find them it would make me so happy!
    Thank-you Teresa K. Sobolewski

  70. J.I. Graham, D.O.
    January 19, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Mr. Dewey Wright submitted a poem to the National Library of Poetry contest and subsequently received an Editor’s Choice Award in 1994. His family is interested in securing a copy of that poem. Apparently his poem was recognized by the judges as being among the best 3% of all entries judged. Please let me know what I must do to have it sent to me, his brother-in-law. Mr. Wright is deceased and his wife, my sister, due to health issues, is unable to help with information regarding this poem. I have searched on line and have been unsuccessful in attempts to find a copy.

    James I. Graham, D.O.

  71. Barbara Lewis
    January 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    I have lost touch with the national library of poetry: I wrote and you published two of my poems. The first was “Master Tree” the other one I had just written and don’t remember the name of it myself. However, both was published by you when entered in 1996 and 97. I have written so many poems over the years and stopped. I found my poems, recently and started reading and most of them are very good.

    After, I’d read some and wrote a few, I realized “I still have my touch”. I want to re-establish myself with “The National Library of Poetry”, “International Society of Poets and “The International Poetry hall of fame”. Please, make this happen for me?

    I loved you then and I love you now!

    Your Poet,
    Barbara M. Lewis

  72. raichel caesar
    February 8, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Looking for a poem I wrote and won second place when I was 13 , can’t find it, it was published in the national book of poetry. At the time living in Nashua new Hampshire.I would love to share this special poem with my children . if anyone can help me find it.please email me at [email protected]
    The poem was about the love for my mother who had passed. Majic is all I can remember I forgot the title .

  73. Deborah Zella
    February 13, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I wrote a poem in 1989 and I believe it was in the book around 1990. Is there anyway to find the poem, I would really like to be able to share it with my family.

  74. Timi Storms (formerly Bird)
    March 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    The National Library of Poetry awarded me with the Editor’s Choice Award for my 1997 contest entry published in A View From Afar. Is it possible to purchase a copy of this anthology? Thank you, kindly.

  75. shirley wilkerson (boyet)
    March 5, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I wrote a poem in 2001 i put it on poetry.com i was told it would be put in a book at the time i was unable to purchase the book but have been trying to find the book so i can show my children but can not if u could help me i would appreciate it i put 2 or 3 of my poems on there please help me find them

  76. Nataliha
    March 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I entered into a contest a while ago and I forget what I named it and I entered it into I think poetry nation. I just want my poem back.

  77. Pamela Adams-Steiger
    March 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I submitted several poems for publication through poetry . The title is “Colors”. Would like information into what happened to my work. Thank you

  78. James
    March 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Hello everyone I am trying to locate a copy of the 1995 the garden of life book. I’m not sure if I was published in 95/96 book tho my letter editors choice is from 1995. Can you help me figure this out please. Thanks.

  79. Shanie Messenger
    April 2, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I entered this contest I believe in 1996, I was contacted and was told my poem would be published. I never found the book my poem was supposed to be in and i was wondering if somebody can help me out. I wrote this poem about my mother who passed away when I was really young, and i wrote on the top of the page “Dedicated to Teresa Gail Messenger”, so I’m not sure if this poem was filed with her being the author. I would love to share this with my family. If someone can help me i would really appreciate it.

    Sincerey, Shanie Messenger

  80. Virginia Blevins (Shields)
    April 24, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I wrote a poem titled “A Reminder” that was published in the National High School Poetry Association,s Anthology of High School Poetry in 1949 or 1950 from Wilbur Wright High School in Dayton, Ohio. I would like to find a copy of that since I don’t have one. Thank you

  81. lonnie douglas
    April 27, 2016 at 11:57 am

    i had a poem in this book in 2006 called the carpenter man id like to find

  82. catherine leong
    April 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    my father sent you a poem in 1997, it was called I Know A Man, i am wanting that poem back as soon as possible……after my fathers death, there was a write up that your company was not legit……I tried numerous times to try and talk to someone and to no avail was unsuccessful…….i am hoping you can track this done now …..and send it to me in my email asap……i will not give up till i have this poem that he submitted to you……I also have all the documentation and his so called VIP number, hope to hear from you ASAP

    • Peter Armenti
      April 29, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Dear Catherine,

      I’ve added your question into our Ask a Librarian system. I will be in touch with you soon with a more complete response. Please note for now, though, that we (the Library of Congress) did not publish your poem — rather, it was almost certainly published by an amateur poetry publisher.

      Best wishes,


  83. catherine leong
    April 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    one other comment to you , the so called book it was to be published in was called THE GLOW WITHIN, he never did receive the book and he sent you money ………so you better contact me on this matter asap

  84. Troy A Porter jr
    May 5, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I wrote a poem called, “Wish upon a dream “in 1995 or 1996 that was published in a book of poems in 1996 called: Forever and a Day. Also I was sent an audio reading of my poem on cassette tape. Please help me to find a copy of this book with my poem in it along with the audio cassette tape. Thank you.

  85. Kelly Skaggs
    May 9, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    I received an honorable mention from poetry.com .
    I have several other poems I would like to add but I want to be copyrighted and I want my writings to be safe through the library of congress as an American Authot / poet.

    How can I go about doing this?

  86. Allan
    May 10, 2016 at 3:22 am

    I have a poem published in one of the books called “Beneath the Harvest Moon” poem titled “Love Is A Funny Thing”. I do have the book but I am trying to locate it online so my friends can see it but I am unable to locate it. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

  87. Melissa frey
    June 19, 2016 at 12:25 am

    I am trying to locate a book that I had a poem published in through the the library in Owings Mills, Maryland. The name of the book was River of Dreams and I am interested in buying a copy of the book or atleast getting a copy of my poem. I believe it was in the late 80s early 90s. Please contact me. Thank you.

  88. Sarah E. Powell
    June 20, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Your “library of poetry” stole my poem written in 2005. I was 11 years old, and was ecstatic to know my writing was “award winning”. Not only did you steal my work, you’ve stolen that 11 year olds passion for writing.
    I would like all rights to the poem, “Life Grows Harder” by: Sarah E. Powell.
    A complaint to the BBB has been issued, and application for the copyright to MY poem has been filed.

    • Peter Armenti
      June 24, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Dear Ms. Powell,

      I’ve added your question into our Ask a Librarian system. I will be in touch with you soon with a more complete response. Please note for now, though, that we (the Library of Congress) did not publish your poem — rather, it was almost certainly published by an amateur poetry publisher.

      Best wishes,


  89. Jazyn Webb
    June 30, 2016 at 1:41 am

    My dad had a poem called kiss under the thunderstorm published in a book called dark side of the moon. I turn 17 friday and just found out about it and now I wanna read it but cant find it.

  90. Sandra Shelton
    July 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    To each questions ask,
    The answers is always the same.

    • Peter Armenti
      July 18, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Dear Sandra,

      I enter each poetry question received through the comments into the Library’s Ask a Librarian system, through which I then reply back to the questioner with more specific, personalized assistance. Providing full responses here would clog the comments thread and also potentially expose patrons’ personally identifiable information.

      If you have a question, please feel free to reply to this comment or submit your question to me through the Poetry and Literature Center’s Ask a Librarian form.



  91. Kelly Phillips
    July 3, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I wrote a poem about Elvis Presley back in 1979-1980 give or take. I mailed it in and not remembering where because i was around 11 or 12 years old, anyway I was mailed a check for 7.00. I was wondering where this poem is and would love to see it. I do remember some of the poem. Can someone help me. I live in Indianapolis Indiana if that helps. Thank you

  92. poetryguy22
    July 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

    you will find out who wins on the 20th of September (I recieved a letter saying I was a nominee)

  93. Marvin Brown
    July 12, 2016 at 3:18 am

    In 1992, I wrote and submitted a poem, The Brightest Star I See!,to the North American Open Poetry contest, which was organized by Elizabeth Barnes. I received a plaque for making the top 2% of the Editors Choice Award. I received an invitation to attend a ceremonial event in Maryland with John Denver as a special guest, who also wrote poetry. However, I could not attend, since I was serving in the active duty military at the time. My poem was later incorporated into a song published by Hilltop Records, who sent me a cassette tape of the recording. Supposedly, my poem was published in an anthology by the Library of Congress. The only word I remember in this anthology is ‘Cloud.’ How can I get a copy of this book, or the ISBN number? How can I possibly get confirmed information for this accomplishment in 1992? I’ve lost these documents over the years. Thank you kindly. Marvin L. Brown

  94. Holly B. Mims
    July 18, 2016 at 7:02 am

    After the death of my brother, I ran across a 1995 letter from The National Library of Poetry saying he was a semi-finalist. How can I find his poem “Muse the breast of Venus Globose…”? His name was Mark Paradise.

  95. Danielle
    July 22, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Randomly I thought about this poem I wrote and won the contest in the 90s , either 1993 or 1994. I just remembered the name of the book was the Edge of Twilight. How can I find my poem that was published? The house I grew up in is abandoned now and the book was in there.
    Please help.

  96. Patricia Carmon
    July 25, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I published some poetry back in 1999-2001. How can I find out what anthology my work went in? My address at that time was 602 4th Street, Apartment 1, Troy, NY 12180.

  97. Shera
    August 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I had published one of my poem on poetry.com back in 2003 or 2004 and now i can’t find the website or the poem itself. I mean absolutely nothing popping up, the title of my poem is “Baby Girl”. I wrote that poem with passion because I always wanted a baby girl. If you could please located my poem for me/ or tell me where I could locate it I would greatly be thankful.

  98. Steven Sher
    September 19, 2016 at 6:05 am

    A poem of mine (“Days of Wonder”) appeared in an anthology (On The Threshold Of A Dream, vol. 3, 1992 – ISBN-10: 1561670375 – National Library of Poetry, Owings Mills, MD). After the poem was published, I learned that I had to pay (a lot) for a copy of the anthology. I decided to have nothing more to do with the press. Recently, however, I have been trying to locate a copy of the poem as it appeared in the anthology. I see that others are facing the same predicament. I also see that the Library of Congress lists a copy of the anthology in its holdings. Would it be possible to get a copy (digital) of the page on which the poem appears? (And possibly a copy of the anthology’s title page as well?) I would be happy to pay for this and/or make a small donation to the LofC. I would appreciate any suggestions or help that you can provide. Thank you and best wishes, Steven (Sher)

  99. Celeste Haney
    September 24, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I remember when I was in middle I wrote a poem and submitted it and received paperwork that it would be published in a volume book. I would like to purchase the book and show my children that the sky is the limit no matter your age. How can I purchase the book, how do I locate the book.
    Thank you in advance

  100. karen haas-cluesman
    September 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    I had several poems published back in the 80’s early 90’s under my old married name of Karen Cowan I would like copies of them.

  101. Marilyn Margaret Davis
    October 9, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Yes!I have been searching for my poem I wrote I believe in 2000 or 1998?”

  102. DeAnna Taylor
    October 15, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I had a poem published in a contest in the early 90’s. How can I find it and possibly get a copy of the book?
    Thank you for your help
    DeAnna Taylor-Johnson

  103. Chris Boe
    October 31, 2016 at 1:41 am

    I entered a contest back in the late 90s for poetry and I remember them telling me my poem would be published and offered me a chance to buy the book. For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of the book or even of my poem for that matter. How could I track it down just by my name and the city I was in when I wrote it. It was an awesome poem and I’d like to see it again.

  104. Chrissy
    November 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    My mom wrote a poem in 1994, for this. I know the name and the whole poem by heart. It was called, “Walls Surrounded” by Melissa Morrissey.

  105. Myka
    November 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    My great-great grandfather August Able got his poem into The World Book of Poetry. I have not been able to locate it for the life of me. I do not know what it was called.

  106. Mila Y. Yunzal
    November 14, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    I have just finished writing a poem last night. Can I post it here?

    • Peter Armenti
      December 5, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Dear Mila,

      This comment thread is not intended as a space to publish poetry. However, if you’re interested in locating appropriate venues for publishing your poem, please feel free to submit your question to our Ask a Librarian service and I’ll be happy to suggest a few resources you can explore to learn more about where you can submit your poem for possible publication.



      Best wishes,


  107. Angel Goodwin
    December 2, 2016 at 3:25 am

    My poem was chosen to be put in the book Tides of Memory, I believe in 1998.
    The title was Existence Revealed. I did not get the book and I wondered if there was any way I could now or at least see it.I was just seventeen years old.

  108. Shellie Sanchez
    December 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Back in the early 90’s 1991-1994 I had submitted a poem and was told it was going to be published. I never purchased the book. A few years ago I purchased The Coming of Dawn to see if it was in there. It was not. Is it possible to see if it was ever published. My name is Shellie Sanchez. Maiden name Ellison.

  109. Erica Allen
    December 7, 2016 at 4:55 am

    I am searching for my poem that was published in The International Book of Poetry back in the 90’s. Title of my poem was Insecurity and written by me Ms.Erica Lynn Allen

  110. Joseph M Wilson
    December 30, 2016 at 10:47 am


    I also had a poem published in 1995 or 1996 titled “Who am I”. I did receive a copy of the issue, but I lost it over the years. Is it possible to locate?


  111. Lisa
    January 6, 2017 at 3:53 am

    I wrote a poem for my class in 1993 for the contest that was going on at the time, under the name Lisa Wymer from Hastings Mi. I got a letter stating that I would be having my poem published but I don’t remember what book it was going to be in I was wondering if you could help me find the book so I can purchase it. Thank you for your time.

  112. Shahzadi Nadia Khan
    January 21, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Hi Peter,
    I don’t know whether I will get a reply or not but I had two poems on poetry.com one of which “The Ultimate Destination” was selected to be published in their Millennium book but at the time I didn’t have money to buying the book. I think it was to be published in year 2000 the millennium edition I guess. How can i find whether my poem was published or not and if it did then how can I purchase it now??

    Please help.

    Thank you kindly



  113. Peter Tokar
    January 23, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Dear Library of Congress requests sites
    I was writing two poems and they were posted for a Contest in the 1990’s
    We purchased two Anthologies / four copies of each
    One Poem was Titled “Missing His Garage”
    another Poem was Titled “Taiga Moon”
    I, Peter Tokar, was the poet for both poems.
    I had moved on August 1, 2011. so much had to be left on my book shelves. I had to down-size to a small suite.
    I would like very deeply that you will help to find the Details about these poem titles.

  114. Stephanie brett
    January 28, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Hi, I also had a poem published when I was a kid in high school. How can I locate it now and possibly order a copy if possible now.

    February 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    My name is Vilma Garrido Estenger. Between 1998 and 2007 or so, ILP published several of my poems (Ely was the editor). It used to be possible to get on your website, look for a poet and access his or her poems. I just tried to do that and did not find the way;isn’t there that possibility anymore? It was frustrating

  116. Christopher stubbs
    February 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I wrote a poem for a school competition in either 1999 or 2000. It was a poem about playing alongside Micheal Owen as a football player. It was published and I would love to purchase the book but can’t find the name of it. Could you please help me

  117. Angel
    February 27, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Hello. I am trying to locate a copy of a poem I won a national contest for back in 1986/1987. The title of my poem was “What The Statue Of Liberty Means To Me.” I won it as part of my school’s participation in the. Atop all contest. The name of my school I was attending at the time was Mitchell Memorial Elementary in Columbus, Mississippi. Can someone help me locate a copy of this poem? Thanks in advance for your assistance.

  118. Rita Biehl
    March 4, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Hello, I had a poem published in a book I was offered to order but was not able to at the time. I’m fairly sure it was through The National Library of Poetry but I’m not 100% sure. I believe the cover was green but again am not positive, I think it was in either 2002 or 2003 and it was about the moon. I cannot remember the title, maybe ode to moon or something similar. I’m sorry I can’t be more precise. My name is Rita Biehl. Can you help me track this down please?

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