WELCOME TO THE TREASURE HOUSE! Celebrating 21 years!

A poetry student from Aldea Infantil SOS Orphanage, poses proudly with her umbrella. In Fall 2003, Border Voices offered free poetry workshops in two orphanages, while continuing to teach poetry in hundreds of classrooms in San Diego County.

A poetry student from Aldea Infantil
SOS Orphanage, poses proudly with her umbrella. In Fall 2003, Border Voices offered free poetry workshops in two orphanages, while continuing to teach poetry in hundreds of classrooms in San Diego County.

 

Poetry is like flips on the wet, soft grass …
Poetry tastes like strawberries and
all other kinds of fruit …
It is as sweet as an angel.
It is the animal of life.

Amy Inman Grade 3, Border Voices Poetry Project Miramar Ranch Elementary

LEAP FOR JOY: Michelle Zhang celebrated at the 2002 Poetry Fair. Michelle won first-place in the middle school division for her poem: “A Bad Algebra Test Is…

 Ever since 1993, the world’s most famous poets (imagine Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet laureates Billy Collins and Kay Ryan) have trekked to San Diego and left raving about the huge successes of the Border Voices Poetry Project: “Like many writers and educators, I have a dream of bringing major poets into the schools . . . and promoting poetry in every classroom. That vision has already begun in San Diego, thanks to the Border Voices Poetry Project . . . ’’

– Dana Gioia, Poet, critic and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

Border Voices places poets in hundreds of classrooms throughout San Diego County, resulting in spectacular
increases in scores on standardized tests.

Free poetry fairs, featuring celebrated poets from around the world, have delighted thousands of people. The fair includes students reading their award-winning poems, Risa the Poetry Clown, music and other delights. To get a “feel” for a Border Voices Poetry Fair, check out the fair schedule page. And Border Voices TV and radio shows have entertained millions on ITV. See their schedule on your local Educational TV channel.

A Literary Treasure Chest (Online Magic)

(1) A complete list of Border Voices poets that teachers can bring into the classroom.
The poets are available throughout the county. See Meet the Poet-Teachers page
El Cajon, San Diego, National City, La Mesa, Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad, Escondido …

(2) A form for ordering Border Voices poetry anthologies: ORDER FORM 2014

(3) Poems by award-winning students: Top poems of 2014: Student Winners 2014

(4) A report showing how Border Voices boosts test scores
and student self-esteem. Soaring Scores: THE RIGHT STUFF

(5) A proposal to create an ”endowment for poetry” to
serve the students of San Diego: Case Study

Start clicking, and enjoy the treasury of art and information that has been gathered in this electronic Ali Baba’s cave by the Border Voices Project. (page under construction)

Poetry Games

http://www.poetry4kids.com/modules.php?name=Web_Links&l_op=viewlink&cid=11

Young Kids Enjoy Wizards and Pigs

http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/games/wiznpigs/wiznpigs.html

“Border Voices is like nothing
I’ve ever done … I have never
had a better sense of mixing
poetry worlds together

– Donald Hall: one of America’s most-honored poets

A CHARMING INTRO TO BORDER VOICES POETRY: 9-year-old Brianna Harrison (above) wowed a crowd of 7,500 when she introduced Maya Angelou at Cox Arena. Brianna recited Ms. Angelou’s most famous poem, “I Rise,” with infectious gusto. FOR MORE POETRY-ON-FILM, visit our archives at YouTube.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

To help bring creativity to our kids and the schools, people with a little extra cash can make a tax deductible gift:

DONATIONS: CLICK HERE

BORDER VOICES DONATION SLIP.pdf

The students, poets, parents and teachers of Border Voices thank you for your interest and support!