WELCOME TO THE TREASURE HOUSE: Celebrating 28 years!


Mikaela Ellen Little FoxBorder Voices Student Poets, Poet-Teachers and musicians
performed at the first San Diego Book Fair
Mikaela Ellen, Spreckels Elementary,  Grade 3, poses after reading her poem, “Little Fox,”   

In 2020-2021, the Border Voices Poetry Project launches a creative partnership with San Diego Poetry Annual, the Poetry and Arts Series, Broken Anchor Poetry, and many other literary and creative organization.

The partnership will allow us to reach new audiences in San Diego schools (where Border Voices has taught 1,352 poetry workshops to 37,858 students since 1993), on TV, and in the general community.

It will also have a nationwide impact.

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.



Contact: JackWebb, director SDSU’s Border Voices
Jackbard1@gmail.com http://www.bordervoices.com

Student spirits soar despite COVID! plus –
how schools (and you) can tap into big $$

      Jack Webb, Border Voices founder-director, has announced enormous success in lifting student spirits through the creative arts despite the well-known isolation and depression caused by COVID-19.

      In the audio link below you can hear Jack & his fellow guests discussing the beautiful art created by students, & their great admiration & love for the poets of Border Voices who visit them via Zoom. You will also hear the moving story of a young student who suffered from severe emotional problems but became the hero of his class thanks to Border Voices.

      Jack was invited to be a return guest on Drew Schlosberg’s Spotlight on the Community show (produced by Cloudcast Media). Jack brought two people with him – Katherine Kavouklis, language arts teacher at Bonita Vista Middle, & Seretta Martin, assistant Border Voices director, a poet-in-the-classroom, and managing editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual.

      Jack – who has won more than a dozen top awards for community service since 1994 – also explained how he managed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for his project since 1994. It is a secret he wants to share with you.

      Katherine, Jack & Seretta are available for interviews. Also available is Johnnierenee Nia Nelson, the beloved poet mentioned in the audio link.

      Here is the audio link for the interview. Just click, and you’re there. 

TO ARRANGE AN INTERVIEW: Contact Jack Webb – see info, top of page.
SCHOOL VISIT: Jack Webb or Seretta Martin: serettamartin@yahoo.com
MORE INFO: bordervoices.com

How Can You Receive our FREE ANTHOLOGY?

Make a donations of $50 or more 
and your anthology 
will be on its way!


You can bring creativity to our kids and the schools
by making a tax deductible gift.

To donate online using a credit card or debit card,
please click the “Donation Button” below.


Prefer to send a check?

Please make checks payable to The Campanile Foundation and mail to:

The Campanile Foundation
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1968

To make sure your donation gets to Border Voices,
put the following in the memo portion of the check
(lower left-hand corner): C00869 (zeros no o)
additional ways to give, visit give.sdsu.edu/how-to-give

Thank you for your generous support!


See you at the next Border Voices Fair!  
Yes, we have free poetry fairs, featuring celebrated poets from around the world, who have delighted thousands of people. The fair includes students reading theiraward-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 And Border Voices TV and radio shows have entertained millions on ITVSee the schedule on your local Educational TV channel,
Cox 16 or AT&T 99.



 (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 
(2) To order the 2020 anthology and earlier years as well as the 2015 e-book click on Acclaimed Anthologies.
(3) Poems by award-winning students 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016
(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.

“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

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