Privacy Policy

Welcome to American Life in Poetry, a project of The Poetry Foundation and the Library of Congress (the "Project"). This Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use govern your use of the Project's Internet website located at the addresses,, and (the "Website"). Please review carefully this Privacy Policy and our Terms of Use.

This Privacy Policy may be modified at any time and without notice to you. It is your responsibility to visit this web page frequently to review carefully the current Privacy Policy. Each and every time you access the Website you shall be deemed to have agreed to the then current Privacy Policy.

Commitment to Privacy

The Project is committed to protecting your privacy and that of any personally identifiable information, including, but not limited to, any computer-generated identification number (including IP addresses), and any other information relating to your physical, physiological, or mental condition, or your economic, cultural or social identity ("Personal Information") that we may collect through the Website. This Privacy Policy explains why we collect particular information and how we will protect your personal privacy.

Information Collected

Personal Information. The information that the Project collects on this Website consists of voluntarily submitted Personal Information that is required to register and use this Website. For example, during the registration process for this Website, you will be asked you to submit Personal Information, such as your name, company name, e-mail address, physical address, fax number and demographic information (such as, city, state and country, or any other demographic information that you may submit). This Personal Information is collected and stored in a manner appropriate to the nature of your request, as determined by the Project, to complete your registration. Persons younger than 13 years of age may not register at the Website without the express written permission of a parent or legal guardian.

Cookies. The Website uses cookies to enhance your experience while using this Website. A cookie is a piece of data stored on your hard drive containing information about you. Usage of a cookie is in no way linked to any personally identifiable information while on this Website. For instance, by setting a cookie on this Website, you would not have to log in a password more than once, thereby saving time while on this Website. Cookies can also enable us to track and target the interests of our users to enhance their experience on this Website. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by configuring your web browser setting. If you refuse the cookie, you may still use this Website, however, your use may be limited in some areas of this Website. If you would like to learn more about cookies, you can do so at

IP Addresses. The Project collects the IP address of all users visiting this Website. An IP address is a number that is assigned to your computer when you use the Internet. Site Usage Tracking. The Project may monitor and analyze your activity on this Website to gather information to determine interest in different areas of this Website.

Other Information Collected. The Project automatically gathers aggregate statistical information about this Website and its visitors, such as browsers used, pages viewed, number of visitors, etc.

Use of the Personal Information

Service Enhancement. All information you provide may be used to improve the services offered at the Project Website.

Analysis of Site Behavior. The Project may monitor and analyze your activity on this Website. This information is used to maintain and enhance the quality of the Website. The Project may provide this information to any entity affiliated with The Poetry Foundation, in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Use of Personal Information in Aggregate. The Project may use Personal Information for purposes of compiling aggregate information on the use of this Website. The Project may provide this information to any entity affiliated with The Poetry Foundation, in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Termination Option. Out of respect for the privacy of the users of this Website, the Project offers the option to terminate future communications that were originally requested through this Website. Please see the "User Access to Personal Information" section below.

Cookies. Cookies are used to store and sometimes track your preferences to provide you with customized and personalized services in order to enhance your use of this Website. The Project may provide this information to any entity affiliated with The Poetry Foundation, in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

IP Addresses. The Project uses IP addresses to analyze trends, administer this Website, track users' movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information. The Project may provide this information to any entity affiliated with The Poetry Foundation, in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Surveys. At times the Project may conduct surveys on a voluntary and anonymous basis. You are not required to participate in the surveys.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Sharing With Affiliates and Employers. The Personal Information that the Project collects may be shared with any entity affiliated with The Poetry Foundation, in accordance with this Privacy Policy for purposes of providing requested services.

Sharing with Third Parties. The Project does not rent or sell your personally identifying information. The Project may share your personally identifying information with companies that assist us in delivering electronic and postal mailings, provide maintenance for, or help facilitate our events. These companies will use your information solely to provide these services to us. We may also, but only with your permission, share the personally identifying information of users who reside within the United States with reputable organizations that offer information and programming that we think may be of interest to you. If you wish for us to share your information for these reasons, please check the "opt-in" box on our sign-up page, or contact us at .

Guidelines for Transfer of Personal Information. The Project will only transfer Personal Information to third parties consistent with the principles of notice and choice set forth in the European Commission's Directive on Data Protection ("EC Directive"). Where the Project has not provided for a choice, because our use of the Personal Information is compatible with the purpose for which the data was originally collected or which was disclosed in a notice, the Project will transfer the data to a third-party only if the Project first either (a) ascertains that the third party subscribes to the Safe Harbor principles or is subject to the EC Directive, or (b) enters into a written agreement with such third party requiring that the third party provide at least the same level of privacy protection as is required by the relevant Safe Harbor principles.

Exceptions. Notwithstanding the limitations on transfer of Personal Information set forth above, the Project will disclose your Personal Information, without notice, only if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on The Poetry Foundation or this Website; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of The Poetry Foundation; and (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of employees of The Poetry Foundation, users of this Website, or the public.


Opt-Out Procedure. Users of this Website are given the opportunity to 'opt-in' to have their information used for purposes not directly related to this Website and may chose to provide information to take advantage of the Project's services related to this Website. You may cancel your 'opt-in,' cancel the Project's services or remove your Personal Information from the Project's database by either: (a) sending correspondence to the following postal address: The Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior, Chicago Illinois 60654; or (b) sending an e-mail to .

Effect of Opting-Out. Upon receipt of such notification, the Project will, within a commercially reasonable time, either: (a) remove you and your Personal Information from the Project database (which may affect your ability to use the Website); (b) correct any Personal Information that you state is erroneous; or (c) permit you to "opt-out" of further e-mail contact (excepting notification of major changes to the service) while still allowing access to this Website; as directed by you.

Links to Third-Party Websites

Disclaimer. This Website contains links to facilitate your access to external or third-party websites. You should be aware that these linked external or third-party websites are not controlled by the Project and, therefore, are not subject to this Privacy Policy. The Project is not responsible for these other, linked websites, including the privacy practices of such other websites. You are responsible for checking the privacy policies of these third party sites to determine how your personal information may be utilized by the proprietors of those third-party websites. The Project disclaims any and all responsibility and/or liability for the collection and/or transfer of information collected by such other third-party websites.


This Website has industry standard security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information. All Personal Information in the public domain will be protected by an industry standard encryption scheme. All information, once received, is stored behind a firewall. However, although the Project has endeavored to create a secure and reliable Website, the confidentiality of any communication or material transmitted via the Internet cannot be guaranteed. Accordingly, you should consider carefully if you want to submit sensitive information via the Internet.

User Access to Personal Information

If you desire access to your own Personal Information, to correct existing Personal Information, or to remove your Personal Information, please contact the Project using the contact information provided below. If you request removal of Personal Information, you acknowledge that residual Personal Information may continue to reside in the Project's records and archives, but the Project will not use that information for a commercial purpose. The Project reserves the right to maintain your Personal Information if the Project has suspended, limited, or terminated your access to this Website for violating the applicable Terms of Use.

Safe Harbor

The Project participates in, and has complied with the requirements of, the Safe Harbor principles relating to the EC Directive.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the operation of this Website, or your dealings with us, you can contact us at:

The Poetry Foundation
61 West Superior
Chicago, Illinois 60654
tel: (312) 787-7070
fax: (312) 787-6650