WHO WE ARE
California Poets in the Schools, with over 125 poet-teachers,
partners with public and private schools, juvenile halls, hospitals,
libraries and other community settings
California Poets in the Schools is one of the nation’s largest writers-in-residence programs. We reach more than 26,000 K-12 students each year in public, private and alternative schools, after-school programs, juvenile detention, hospitals, and other community settings.
CalPoets was established in 1964 as part of San Francisco State University’s Pegasus Program and is now a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with support from the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, foundations, corporations, and generous individuals.
CalPoets reaches students statewide, holds an annual conference publishes an anthology of the year’s best student poetry, and sponsors local readings and performances. We also co-sponsor—with the California Arts Council, the NEA, and the Poetry Foundation—the national poetry recitation competition, Poetry Out Loud.