Founded in 1964 under the umbrella of San Francisco State, California Poets
in the Schools (CalPoets) became an independent non-profit in 1984, and has
since grown to one of the nation’s largest and most respected writers-in-the-schools
We train and coordinate a multicultural network of published poets, who bring their passion and craft to public and private schools, juvenile halls, hospitals, libraries and other community settings. Founded in 1964 under the umbrella of San Francisco State, California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets) became an independent non-profit in 1984, and has since grown to one of the nation’s largest and most respected writers-in-the-schools programs. CalPoets is a statewide organization network, administered from an office in Santa Rosa, that trains and coordinates over 100 active, professional, multicultural poets, ranging from new MFA graduates to veterans with 40 years of classroom experience.
In each county, we offer support and coordination which are delivered by experienced poet Area Coordinators who know the local scene at the grassroots level. Last year, our poet-teachers served more than 30,000 youth in urban, suburban and rural districts in 25 counties from the hills of Siskiyou to the beaches of San Diego. Over 20% of our students are English language learners, and about 60% receive free and reduced lunches – percentages in line with the state at large. Over our half-century we’ve taught more than ONE MILLION children, improving their ability to create, communicate and articulate their dreams, while providing craft-specific discipline that enables students to evaluate their work critically and collaborate as they perform and publish on a larger stage.
Susan was a lifelong supporter of California Poets in the Schools and the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival. Her books include Burnt Toast and Other Recipes, and most recently, No Easy Light. She was co-founder of Sixteen Rivers Press, a shared-work, nonprofit, publisher of poetry in the Greater Bay Area.
In Memoriam: Susan Sibbet (1942-2013)
BERKELEY, CA (2/1/2014): Susan Sibbet was a lifelong supporter of California Poets in the Schools, serving as a board member, poet-teacher, and mentor to many. Acclaimed poet Carolyn Miller wrote this essay to honor her contributions and memory:
IT WAS IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES that Susan Herron Sibbet and I began to meet once a week for breakfast. We had met at the second annual Napa Valley Poetry Conference, while she was working toward her MFA at San Francisco State. She had wonderful thick silver hair, pale blue eyes behind silver-framed glasses, beautiful unlined skin, a brilliant smile, and an insistently cheery demeanor. Being a bit of a cynic, I was initially put off by her cheeriness, but I soon learned that she was a very human bundle of...Click here for the full story
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Susan, you are beloved by all and greatly missed