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California Poets In The Schools
Last updated on December 29, 2015


  1. Helping students throughout California recognize and celebrate their own creativity, intuition, and intellectual curiosity through the creative writing process. 2. Providing students with a multicultural community of trained, published poets who bring their experience and love for their craft into the classroom.
  2. Description:
    We are a statewide organization that trains published, accomplished, poets to teach poetry in schools to grades K-12, hospitals, incarcerated facilities, senior centers and more. We usually teach a series of five to eight sessions, each of which includes a writing experience and usually a time to share. Workshops use famous poems, poets and student poems as example. Students learn literary terms and forms and experience the magic of using their imaginations to create beautiful work of their own.

    Our small office staff (one full time, two part time) and a volunteer executive director/bd president, operate as a tight knit team. We coordinate an annual conference and an anthology of the year's best student work and facilitate the classroom teaching of our approximately 100 paid field poets. We are the largest writers-in-residence program in the country.

    We are celebrating our 51 anniversary. We started in 1964 at San Francisco State University. We later became an independent 501(c)3. Our office is in San Francisco and a large portion of our program is in the bay area but we function from the hills of Siskiyou County to San Diego. Each year our trained poet teachers teach over 27,000 students across the state. Most of our poets have MFA's, MA's and/or teaching certificates. All are accomplished poets. Our office staff is congenial and hardworking.

    Contact people:
     Tina Pasquinzo, Operations Manager, (email)
    Jamie Jordan, Board President, (phone), (email)

    Main office number: (415) 221-4201

     2131 19th Ave #203
    San Francisco, CA 94116
    (See a map)

    Web Site: http://www.cpits.org


     We are one block west from Park Presidio, about three blocks north of Golden Gate Park, and two blocks south of Geary.
      Nearest Metro/Subway Stop: Market,
      Walk distance (in minutes): 60
      Nearest Bus Stop: 28 19th Ave, 0 minute walk

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    Last updated on December 29, 2015

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