The International Poetry Forum, which was committed to introducing the community to the world’s finest poetry from 1966 to 2009, brought more than eight hundred poets and performers—representing thirty-five countries—to Pittsburgh. As one of the only independent organizations of its kind, the International Poetry Forum enhanced the role of poetry in the cultural life of Pittsburgh.
In 2002, Dr. Samuel John Hazo, founder of the poetry organization and distinguished author of poetry, fiction, essays, and plays, selected Carlow University to house this priceless collection. Today, the International Poetry Forum Archives are a renowned history of American and international poetry and consist of more than 360 audio/visual reels, audio/visual tapes, and scrapbooks. Each presentation/media features notable artists such as Seamus Heaney, Robert Pinsky, James Earl Jones, Princess Grace Kelly, and Miller Williams. This collection is currently in storage and inquiries can be sent to the Grace Library email.
From support of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Carlow University archivists were able to properly preserve the varied media contained in the International Poetry Forum Archives in 2002. These archives have been open to the public since May 30, 2006, and all are welcome to view the materials. In addition, Carlow University humanities faculty and students are invited to utilize the collection for assignments and general inquiry.
To request an appointment, please visit the University Archives page for information and guidelines about viewing the archives.