Getting your stories and poetry published is no problem at all, there are several places including newspapers and magazines that you can send your stories. If they are interested, they will contact you. Another place in online, there are several sites like http://www.booksie.com/ that can do this for free. The problem lies with copyright. It is important that you copyright all your material; you never know which one might be the interest of a money maker. Visit http://www.copyright.gov/ and see how to go about this. You will have to pay for it.