Borders Open-Door Policy Poetry Web Site, 8-12

This is a new Web-based entertainment program for budding poets and for teachers who want to expose students to real poets' writing advice and readings from well-known poets. Students will see, hear, and interact with poetry. Students may also submit their own poems for judging by September 30.

Also, for more poetry readings remember to check out ProQuest Learning: Literature at Type in your online database username and password available from your building teacher-librarian and then click on ProQuest Learning: Literature. This database provided by Heartland is a comprehensive resource including 3,000+ author biographies, 40 searchable full-text literature journals, full-text literary works, and other key criticism and reference sources. The Poets on Screen collection showcases contemporary poets reading selections of their own work and their favorite classic poems. Each Poets on Screen reading gives students the chance to see and hear one poet's interpretation of the work, prompting the discussion of what form alternative readings might take and how this reading has influenced their thoughts about the poem and other works they have studied.

Another great Heartland resource for poetry readings is Go to and type in your school email address if prompted. Type “poetry” into the search field and click the subject radio button. Here you will find author programs with authors talking about writing poetry and reading their poems as well as other poets’ poems.