Imagination 101: Poetry in the Schools, supported by Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, represents an attempt to change what he sees as the oftentimes "top-down" method of teaching poetry in school. Students exposure to poetry in the classroom usually consists of poets being brought into the school, according to McNair, with the students then following up with prepared questions.

Recently, a three-member "poetry team" performed at the Blaine House to kick off one component of the Imagination 101 initiative, a program called "Written Word, Spoken Word and Hip-hop." The team includes Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, the former executive director of the Telling Room in Portland who has a background in teaching and poetry; Eric Axelman, a hip-hop artist who has released two CDs; and Lady Zen, a spoken word artist who performs to jazz fusion music.