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Poetry Resources

May 14, 2018

Wes McNair

During Poetry Month, former Maine’s Poet Laureate, Wes McNair launched a new poetry website for teachers and learners called The Lyric Moose.  If you’re looking for a resource that will help you teach or learn about free verse poetry and how to write about it, check out this compendium of six programs, with a wide range of interactive instruction, including videos, craft exercises, teaching assignments, author interviews and poem lists.

While visiting the site I found the resource 20 Maine Poets Read and Discuss Their Work compelling. The resource includes 20 short videos in which a diverse group of contemporary Maine poets read two poems apiece and explain their beginnings as poets, their influences, and their themes. Gibson Fay LeBlanc and Megan Grumbling are two of the 20 poets featured. For several years they have both provided workshops for the Commission’s Poetry Out Loud program.


“The website includes links to poetry projects for teachers that I’ve developed with Colby College Special Collections and Information Technology Services. There are six links in all, and three of them were sponsored in one way or another by the Maine Arts Commission.”

It is wonderful to see the impact that Wes continues to make on education in Maine and beyond. THANK YOU Wes for your contributions!


20 Maine Poets

September 3, 2016

New website brought to you by Wes

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 3.17.40 PMThis is to announce the launch of a new website called 20 Maine Poets Read and Discuss Their Work. To access the site, simply click here

Prepared by former Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair with the help of the technical staff at the University of Maine at Farmington, the website features videos of a variety of Maine’s contemporary poets, who read two poems apiece selected from their work and discuss where their poetry comes from and how they write it..

The website’s videos are supplemented by biographies of the poets and a special section called “In Memoriam,“ offering samples of work by five poets who died during McNair’s laureateship. The site will give general readers an appreciation for the richness and diversity of today’s Maine poetry. It will also provide teachers and students with an important online resource for coursework in creative writing and Maine literature.

20 Maine Poets Read and Discuss Their Work is the culmination of a statewide initiative McNair began as poet laureate. Future links on the website will feature  videos, readings and activities derived from his other initiatives, including “Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry,” “The Maine Poetry Express,” and “Written Word, Spoken Word and Hip-Hop.” Stay tuned!

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