California Poets in the Schools

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About us

Founded in 1964, California Poets in the Schools is one of the largest literary artists-in-residence programs in the nation. We encourage students throughout California to recognize and celebrate their creativity, intuition, and intellectual curiosity through the creative poetry writing process. We provide students with a multicultural community of published poets, specially trained to bring their experience and love for their craft into the classroom. CPITS serves 25,000 students annually in hundreds of public and private schools, juvenile halls, after-school programs, hospitals, libraries and other community settings. We also partner with the California Arts Council/National Endowment for the Arts to broadcast the Poetry Out Loud recitation program to high schools and audiences throughout the state.


Contact information

Date Founded: 1964

Government ID number: 94-2977264

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Phone: 4152214201

Fax: 4152214301

1333 Balboa Street #3, San Francisco, CA, 94118, US

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