Dear Friends in Poetry,

Thousands of youth in our poetry workshops each year use poetry to imagine what hope and change can look like, as in this poem written by Erika Hashimoto, when she was in 4th grade in Davis, California. 

Writing poetry helps students like Erika to increase self and societal awareness, while cultivating ownership of one’s unique voice, thoughts and ideas. Writing poetry allows young people to contribute to the larger community dialogue on social justice, climate change and other pressing issues of our time.  Sharing poetry aloud with peers can create bridges that foster empathy and understanding.  

In short, poetry creates a pathway to hope. 

Poetry Matters. Donate Today.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are urging for unity so that our nation can roll up its sleeves and get to work on the critical issues facing our nation. In this pivotal moment, poetry is an essential tool that helps youth to contribute to the conversation, to grow compassion, to preserve mental health, and to imagine a different kind of future.

Thanks to the generosity of so many of you, we met our $5,000 Board Challenge Match!  This means that we are well on our way to achieving our $60,000 goal by December 31st. 

Please give generously and know that your donation makes a real difference.  With your help, we will bring the hope and inspiration of poetry to over 20,000 youth in 2021.

Now is a great time to make charitable gifts of cash and other assets that can also provide you tax benefits. The passage of the CARES Act and the SECURE Act offers advantageous ways to leverage charitable giving through December 31, 2020.
  • In 2020 only, if you do itemize your deductions, you may deduct cash gifts up to 100% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) instead of the usual 60% limitation.
  • No change was made for the age at which you can make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD). If you are at least 70, you can still direct a QCD from your retirement account up to $100,000 without recognizing the income.
  • The Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) age was increased from 70 to 72 for retirement assets, and RMDs may be suspended in 2020. 
  • If you take the standard deduction on your taxes, you can also take a charitable deduction for charitable contributions up to $300 per tax return.
K-12 Publication Opportunity 
Send Your Poems by December 31st!
California Poets in the Schools will publish a series of artistically designed broadsides, featuring poetry from California youth.  All are welcome to submit, regardless of whether or not youth have taken part in our programs.  Teachers and Poet-Teachers can submit on behalf of students. Click to learn more and to submit.
Opportunities to Connect
free and open to the CalPoets' network, hosted by CalPoets' board member Fernando Salinas.  Daryl Ngee Chinn and Blake More will read their poems, to be followed by an open mic.  Teens & adults welcome.  Registration required. Click to register 
News From the Network
Online Poetry Workshop for Youth
Professional  poets from throughout California offer creative poetry writing lessons for youth and families.   Lessons are free to everyone and require no prep.  This online workshop is growing and lessons will continue to be added throughout the pandemic. Click to start writing!
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California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets)
PO Box 1328
Santa Rosa, CA  95402
(415) 221-4201

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