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INverse Poetry Archive collection

Identifier: L730

Scope and Contents

This collection includes printed copies of poems, applications, and project documentation, as well as digital files, from the INverse Poetry Archive, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Indiana State Library in Indiana ranging from 2018 to 2022 regarding the contributed works of numerous Hoosier poets and the creation and activities of the archive. Some the digital files include audio recordings of the poets reading the submitted poems, which are available online in the archive.


  • 2018-2022


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions apply. Contact the repository for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Administrative History

"INverse celebrates and preserves the diverse range of Indiana poetry for future generations of Indiana writers and readers. It is a collaboration of Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, the Indiana State Library and the Indiana Arts Commission. Residents of Indiana are encouraged to submit poems to the archive annually between February 1 and April 30" (IAC 2021). Poems are made available in the online archive by August 31 each year.

The project was the brainchild of past Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka. He and the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) reached out to the Indiana State Library (ISL) in 2018 and worked closely with the Rare Books and Manuscripts supervisor and the Manuscripts librarian and digital coordinator, along with the IAC arts education and accessibility manager to define the scope, policies, and procedures of the INverse Poetry Archive project. Poets must have lived in Indiana for a minimum of 5 years to submit poems and are limited to 1-3 poems every 3 years and a maximum of 10 poems total. Poems must meet the spirit of the project "to archive and preserve poetry from Indiana poets" and cannot contain hate speech, erotica, ponographic images, or excessive profanity. Non-English poetry is considered for inclusion in the archive when accompanied by an Engish translation. Poetry from deceased poets may be accepted as long as the person submitting it has the rights to the work.

Submissions are reviewed each May by a review committee comprised of one representative each from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Indiana State Library, the current poet laureate, and past poet laureate Adrian Matejka.

IAC hosted a dedication event for the archive on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Indiana State Library. Several poets gave readings at the event, including former poets laureate Joyce Brinkman, Norbert Krapf, and Shari Wagner, poet Devon Ginn, and Salma Mohammed, the 2019 National Student Poet.


Items in the collection.

Indiana Arts Commission. "INverse: Indiana's Poetry Archive." Accessed August 4, 2021.


0.1 Gigabytes (928 files)

0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by year, then alphabetically.

Custodial History

This collection was compiled by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a collection as part of their role in the INverse Poetry Archive project and is still ongoing.


The repository continues to add materials to this collection annually.

Existence and Location of Copies

The poetry submitted to the project is available online in the INverse Poetry Archive:

Processing Information

Collection compilation begun 2019-2021 by Brittany Kropf. Initial collection processing 2021/08/04 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/08/04 by Brittany Kropf. Annual collection additions processed 2023/01/04 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.