96th annual meeting of the Western Psychological Association
Most of the psychological work on poetry has investigated the poet (Mason, Mort, Woo, 2015; Jamison, 1989) or the expressive act of writing poetry (Fink & Drake, 2016, Coulehan & Clary, 2005). The National Poetry Foundation commissioned a study in 2006 that examined the general habits of the American public in terms of reading and sharing poetry. This survey found:14% of American population reads poetry.Readers in general and poetry readers in particular tend to be women with higher level of education.Poetry readers are not loners – high amounts of leisure activity and high sociability.Poetry readers tend to have read poetry as children.Poetry readers are readers across all genres.50% of regular poetry readers have shared a poem with someone compared to 22% of non-readers.
Bartolini, LeeAnn, "Giving Poems: Motivation And Personality In The Reading And Sharing Of Poetry" (2017). Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship. 331.