$15,894 and Nine Days to Go
to Reach Our Goal!
December 23rd, 2019

As the light returns this holiday season, consider making a generous, year-end gift to California Poets in the Schools.  Help us spread this life-enriching work to more California youth in 2020.  We are almost 3/4 of the way to our goal of raising $60,000 by December 31st.  Thank you to the hundreds of supporters who have already given. 
Most Beautiful

The most unique thing is my
     mind popping with ideas.
The strangest thing I ever saw was
     other people thinking,
with their elbows smack on the table and their pencils
     moving like cheetahs.
The most beautiful thing is the stars
     looking down on me.

The brightest thing I ever saw was
     a unicorn dancing in the sun.
The most colorful thing I ever saw was a rainbow in
     the bright blue sky.
The warmest thing I ever felt was my kitty's heart
     pounding with love.
The most beautiful thing I ever saw was a world
     spinning and spinning.
The sweetest thing I ever saw was my family
     looking into my heart...
But I will never know what they are thinking.

Blooma Goldberg, 3rd grade
Park School, Marin County
Julie Herrara, Classroom Teacher
Prartho Sereno, Poet-Teacher

What your donation to California Poets in the Schools means:

• We will offer over 22,000 K-12 students throughout California in 2020 an opportunity to find and explore their unique, creative voices through poetry

• We can initiate new poetry-in-schools programs in artistically underserved counties, as we did this year in Merced

• We will host over 50+ poets and educators alongside high level workshop leaders at our statewide symposium in 2020, as we did in San Juan Bautista last year with Juan Felipe Herrera, 21st U.S. Poet Laureate

• We will continue to respond swiftly when disaster strikes - sending Poet-Teachers into schools all over California that have been highly impacted by wildfires and mudslides to offer poetry as a tool for processing trauma and fear

• We will publish hundreds of K-12 youth from California in our climate-themed statewide anthology of student poetry in 2020, offering free copies to each 

• We will continue to increase student motivation and sense of purpose in school

• We will offer professional poets throughout the state a meaningful pathway to give back to their local communities as Poet-Teachers

Your donations make a difference!  We are just over halfway to our goal of raising $60,000 by December 31st. Please give what you can to support this important work.  There are many ways to donate;  You can visit our website to make an online gift, mail a check (P.O. Box 1328, Santa Rosa, CA 95402) or add a name to the 1,000 Hearts for Poetry Wall below.  

Warm thanks for your ongoing support of poetry,

Meg Hamill

Executive Director

Notes From The Field
California Poets in the Schools Publishes Statewide Student Anthology
We are thrilled to announce the publication of our latest statewide anthology of student poetry - I'll Take This Word and Make it Mine, edited by Magdalena Montagne - 308 pages brimming with the wisdom of young voices.  All of the student poets in the book have received their complimentary copy and it is now available for sale! 
Welcome Merced to CalPoets!
California Poets in the Schools is incredibly happy to welcome the county of Merced to the list of California counties with an active poetry-in-schools program administered by CalPoets. Dawn Trook, a multi-talented artist/performer and recent creative writing professor at UC Merced, has taken on the role of Area Coordinator of Merced County. Click to read more.  
Sneak Peek:  CalPoets' Students' Poetry Art to Be on Display April & May of 2020 at SF Main Library​
 Susie Terence, Area Coordinator for San Francisco is finalizing arrangements for the San Francisco CalPoets' students' poetry art display at the San Francisco Main Library during April & May of 2020.  Click here to see a sneak peek at the poetry art to be displayed: 
Children's Seasonal Poetry Anthology 
Michele Krueger (Area Coordinator of Lake County) shares her inclusion in this anthology.  Click to read "Latke Time" - Krueger's poem perfectly appropriate for the season!
Sonoma County Area Coordinator Margo Perin Interview by the BBC
Margo Perin has spent years unravelling her mysterious childhood and her family's secrets.  Listen to this interview with Margo from the BBC!!!  Listen here.
Student Poets Perform for Residents of Friends House, Santa Rosa

On December 12, 2019, four student poets, (all of whom were published in the latest CalPoets' statewide Anthology), Meg Hamill (Executive Director of CalPoets) and Jackie Huss Hallerberg (Board Secretary and Sonoma County Poet-Teacher) performed their poetry for forty residents and guests of Friends House in Santa Rosa. Friends House is an active retirement home with many special events for residents and community members. Click to read more.
Contra Costa Area Coordinator Brennan Defrisco Selected as Finalist for Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize
This past Defrisco was published in the 2019 Red Wheelbarrow Anthology through the Poetry Center of San Jose AND selected as a finalist for the Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize by poet Marilyn Chin, placing in the top 10 of 1200 submissions! Read more.
Poetry’s Secret Password (Yes)
Click to read an excerpt from Prartho Sereno’s (Poet-Teacher, Marin) new book of essays in progress, POEM-MAKING: TENDING THE ROOTS IN A STEM-CRAZED WORLD.  Click to read.


CalPoets' Anthology Participant and Student of Fernando Albert Salinas (Area Coordinator Ventura County) Named Youth Poet Laureate of Ventura
Genesis Perez, who was published in CalPoets latest statewide student anthology, and who graduated from Channel Islands High School in June, now attending Cal State Northridge, is the county’s 2019/2020 youth poet laureate as named by the Ventura County Arts Council. Click to read more.


California Poets in the Schools in the News 
Listen to this 3-minute radio piece to get a sense for how California Poets in the Schools is helping kids process trauma through poetry here in Sonoma County.  Thanks to KRCB and Northern California Public Media for your ongoing commitment to local journalism.
We don’t have to convince you of the facts about arts education... But we do need your help in making sure other people know.  California Poets in the Schools is joining dozens of organizations, communities, and leaders across the state to demand that the arts are part of every student’s education. JOIN THE ARTS EDUCATION MOVEMENT AT CREATECA.ORG. (Scroll down to join the movement.)
Upcoming Events
Speakeasy Poetry and Music at the Santa Rosa Arts Center organized by Margo Perin, Sonoma Area Coordinator
Date & Time: Monthly - 2nd Thursday:  6:30-8:30pm (open-mic after featured reader)
Location:  Santa Rosa Arts Center, 312 South A Street, Santa Rosa
Monthly Poetry Night at Aqus Cafe - hosted by Sandra Anfang, Poet-Teacher
This reading occurs monthly on the first Monday of the month.
Date & Time: First Mondays of the month (open-mic after featured reader)
Location:  Aqus Cafe, 189 H Street, Petaluma
Point Arena 3rd Thursdays Poetry and Jazz Series Hosted by Blake More, Mendocino Area Coordinator 
Date & Time: Monthly - 3rd Thursday
Location:  Arena Market and Cafe, 185 Main Street, Point Arena
Blue Whale Poetry Reading
On the third Sunday of each month, published, featured poets from Santa Barbara and beyond read their work. The second portion of the program is an Open Reading in which all in attendance are invited to participate. A donation of $5.00 is requested. 
Date & Time: October 20th, 3:00pm (open-mic before featured reader)
Location: Unity of Santa Barbara, 227 E. Arrellaga Street, Santa Barbara

California Poets in the Schools is generously supported by the :
The "Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Contribution Fund" can be found in Voluntary Contribution Section 110 (425) of the "540" individual state tax-return form, and the minimum donation is just $1.  Click here for more information.
Our NEW mailing address is:
California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets)
PO Box 1328
Santa Rosa, CA  95402
(415) 221-4201

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