Poets Out Loud is a community of poetry at Fordham University at Lincoln Center. POL's mission is to provide opportunities for the creation, dissemination, and enjoyment of poetry.
Serving the Fordham University community and New York City at large, the POL Reading Series presents free public readings throughout the academic year. Funded by the Dean of Lincoln Center, it is committed to representing a range of poetic styles and ethnicities and to including both distinguished and emerging poets; recent readers include Frank Bidart, Timothy Donnelly, R. Erica Doyle, Alicia Ostriker, Willie Perdomo, and Anne Waldman. In coordination with the readings, POL also organizes an outreach program for high school students from under-served communities.
The POL Book Series, run in collaboration with Fordham University Press, issues two new full-length volumes of poetry annually, awarding publication and honoraria to the best manuscripts submitted in an international competition. Recent publications include Cyclorama by Daneen Wardrop, winner of the 2013-2014 POL Prize, selected by Kimiko Hahn and On Generation & Corruption by Terrence Chiusano, winner of the 2013-2014 POL Editor's Prize, selected by Elisabeth Frost.