Reading & Writing

If you explored the Denver Public Library downloads collection and are still craving more free reading material, we have you covered! We also know this that during this time getting experiences out through writing can be a deeply important process. Take a look at additional resources we gathered for you for reading and writing. 


Apogee Journal - A journal focusing on art and literature that engages with identity politics. The combination with visual art makes for stunning covers and a beautiful layout. 

The Atavist Magazine - Digital only magazine that publishes free, cinematic true stories. A great choice for nonfiction, true crime, or history readers.

Audible - Audible is allowing for free access to select audiobooks, no registration required! For adult materials, that means 27 classic titles. 

Bookish Events - Provided by NetGalley, this calendar lists live streams, author talks, and literary events. 

Electric Lit: Recommended Reading - A collection of contemporary novel excerpts and short stories for readers needing more from a favorite literary fiction author or want to try a sample from a buzz worthy debut author. 

Getty Publications Virtual Library - 300 academic texts to download or read online, including their excellent photography, architecture, and painting book collections.

Internet Archive - This free eBook resource has suspended waitlists for 1.4 million books in their huge collection. Try searching by date to view newer materials. Free signup is required to download books.

Kweli Journal - An online magazine focusing on nurturing emerging artists of color. Dig around in their archive for nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and interviews. 

Letters of Note - A collection of 900 letters, historical and contemporary, from the likes of Kurt Vonnegut, Iggy Pop, Amelia Earhart and many more. - 10,000 searchable poems. Try searching by theme or occasion to discover new-to-you poets. 

Project Gutenberg - A library of over 60,000 free eBooks to download or read online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

Scribd - Thousands of Audio eBooks and eBooks free for 30 days without having to enter any payment information, though account registration is required. 

Strange Horizons - Weekly magazine featuring speculative fiction which “includes science fiction, fantasy, horror, slipstream, and all other flavors of fantastika.” - Science fiction and fantasy short stories, comics, and poetry. 

Words Without Borders - International literature and essays often available in English and the language in which the work was originally published.


History Colorado - Take time to share your story of how COVID-19 is changing your daily life in this community archive project. 

Lighthouse Writers Workshop - A full calendar of events from the Denver literary institution to encourage writing and virtual community. 

Write A Postcard - Older adults in our communities are experiencing health risks associated with social isolation. Take some time to mail a postcard out to an approved care facility. 

Writing Prompts - Register for a weekly writing prompt or search their archive if you need more. 

Written by Hana on March 25, 2019