California Poets in the Schools Youth Broadsides 2021

Updated: Apr 26


California Poets in the Schools helps previously unpublished young voices to find their audience, while creating tangible memories to be shared with future generations. Our goal is to publish one broadside per day through the month of April. Each young published poet will receive copies of their printed broadside, as well as a special opportunity to participate in a master class with Juan Felipe Herrera - 21st U.S. Poet Laureate. Warm thanks to broadside editors Magdalena Rose Montagne and Brennan DeFrisco, as well as Fernando Albert Salinas - graphic designer. We will add broadsides to this page throughout the month of April.


Happy National Poetry Month! We will add student broadsides to this page throughout the month of April.


"My Family's Tears" by Emerson Swift. Karen Benke is Emerson's Poetry Teacher.



"Forgetting to Feed My Cats" by Javan Salinas


"Duplex" by Kathleen Block in Marin County. Karen Benke is Kathleen's Poetry Teacher.



"For the World, Glimpse of Hope" by Leslie Lopez in Ventura County




"Enclosed" by Caroline Elliott in Sacramento County



"Siren of the Wind" by Sidney Sheehy in Sonoma County. Poet-Teacher: Maureen Hurley



"Calm" by Rowan Allbin in Marin County



"These Hands" by Landon Parchman in Humboldt County



"Home" by Tess Belger in Marin County



"I'm not the Only One" by Grace Petoyan in Los Angeles County



"Gloomy Forest" by Dawson Hatton in San Diego County. Poet-Teacher: Johnnierenee Nelson.


"Pent Up" by Nevo Naftalin-Kelman in Alameda County




"Fire Song" by Ella Mauritson, Sonoma County. Poet-Teacher: Maureen Hurley



"The Odd Year" by Maya Delgado, San Diego County



"Behind the Eyes" by Natasha Hirschfield, Marin County. Poet-Teacher: Prartho Sereno


"Tomorrow Never Knows" by Gia Boisseler, Ventura County. Poet-Teacher: Fernando Albert Salinas.






"My Heart, A Small Town," by Eleanor Kruger. Poet-Teacher: Maureen Hurley



"Holding onto Freedom" by Brianna Smith. Poet-Teacher: Maureen Hurley

her: Maureen Hurley



"Loneliness" by Áine Cleary. Poet-Teacher: Claire Blotter

"The Day and Night" by Hera Hovsepian.

"My Heart is Ready" by Zoë Cappuccio. Poet-Teacher: Dan Zev Levinson




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