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CPITS 47TH SYMPOSIUM - Writing Ourselves True
Friday, September 9 - Sunday, September 11
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Santa Barbara
CPITS 47th Symposium will take place Friday, September 9th through Sunday, September 11th at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara. Located in the Montecito foothills, La Casa de Maria is a local treasure, ranked by U.S. News and World Report 2006 as "one of the best U.S. retreats." In addition to charming accommodations, the center provides miles of walking and hiking trails and a swimming pool. Save the date and check back for more details. 


Friday, September 9 (pre-symposium)
Writing Intensive with Steve Kowit. Includes lunch at La Casa de
Maria at 12:00, followed by the writing intensive from 1:00 to 5:00

Friday–Sunday, September 9-11
Check in time at La Casa de Maria begins at 4 pm on Friday. The
symposium begins with a 6 pm dinner on Friday, followed by an 8 pm reading by our writing intensive teacher and feautured reader Steve Kowit and our honoree Perie Longo.

Saturday begins at 8 am with breakfast, and workshops will run all day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. A general meeting will be held after lunch on Saturday from 1 to 2 pm. Saturday evening will include an open poet reading and celebration at 7:30 pm.

Sunday workshops will begin at 9:30 am and the symposium will
end by noon. There will be time throughout the weekend for swimming and relaxation.
Meal Requests
If you have any special dietary needs or meal requests, or if you are vegetarian or vegan please inform the CPITS office so they can order meals appropriately from La Casa de Maria.

Download Conference Materials:
        Conference Flyer PDF
        Symposium Brochure PDF
        Workshop Descriptions (word doc)

For registration questions or concerns please contact CPITS at
(415)221-4201 or email Tina. Mailing address is 1333 Balboa St. #3, San Francisco,
CA 94118


Jackleen Holton, one of our symposium presenters will donate 50% of the cost of a one hour astrology reading (either traditional or transformational astrology) to CPITS for anyone in the organization or who is referred by someone in CPITS. Please contact Jackleen if you would like reading. Also Jackleen runs a reading series in San Diego the second Sunday of each month. She would love to include traveling CPITS poets if you let her know in advance.

Call 415-221-4201 for additional info


April 2011,
various SF locations (view locations)

Sponsored by California Poets in the Schools (CPITS), in collaboration with Children and Youth Services of the San Francisco Public Library. Funded by the Walter and Elise Haas Fund and the California Arts Council. California Poets in the Schools, the largest writer-in-the-schools program of its kind in the country, is in its 46th year of sending professional published writers into classrooms, libraries, juvenile halls, and hospital programs to help California students recognize and celebrate their own creativity and intellectual curiosity through the creative writing process. For more information on CPITS, contact CPITS,

Sunday, February 13th from noon to 4 p.m.
San Francisco Main Library Koret Auditorium on 100 Larkin St.

Twenty-four students from six San Francisco high schools—Ida B. Wells, Lincoln, Lowell, Mission, School of the Arts, and Waldorf—will be participating. Poet-teachers from California Poets in the Schools, the largest writers-in-the –schools program of its kind in the country, have been coaching students on their oral recitations of the poems for several weeks in preparation for the county competition. This event is sponsored by the NEA, California rts Councl, and Calif. Poets in the Schools


Saturday, November 6, 2010, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m
at the Grove Consultants’ historic building in the Presidio
1000 O’Reilly Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

See for yourself why students in a California Poets in the Schools Workshop say that writing poems is “More Fun than Disneyland!” Come enjoy an afternoon with friends and good food, write pocket poems and see them published. Schedule:

1:00 to 1:15 p.m.: Arrive at the Grove offices & meet with friends, teachers, writers, poets.
1:15 to 2:00 p.m.: In the CPITS model workshop scribble, think, laugh, daydream, ponder, write, write, write.
2:00 to 3:15 p.m.: Up the Stairs your poems (or excerpts) will be whisked away to be edited, formatted, printed, and magically turned into poems to be carried in a pocket. On the Sun Porch eat, drink, snack, and enjoy tapas, sushi, appetizers, and drinks. In the Garden Room be entertained and enlightened by our young poets, learn more about our program, and make a donation to support CPITS.
3:15 to 3:30 p.m.: The Grand Finale leave with your own published pocket poems hot off the press, and say goodbye to new and old friends.

Limited space! Preregistration required by Oct. 27, 2010. Call CPITS at 415.221.4201 or e-mail Tina.  Click here to Download poster


Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 10:00am at the San Francisco Library, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
poet Dawn Marie Knopf will lead a poetry workshop for second graders for the annual event, Kidquake, a popular part of San Francisco’s Litquake.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 10:00 am at San Francisco Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
poets D. Scott Miller and Dawn Marie Knopf will emcee an assembly for middle-school students as a part of Kidquake. The event will feature readings from N.H. Senzai, author of Shooting Kabul based on her husband's experiences leaving Afghanistan, Jon Voelkel & Pamela Craik Voelkel, authors of The Jaguar Stones Trilogy, as well as two readings from SOTA students. A question and answer segment about the craft of writing will follow.

Friday, October 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm at the San Francisco Public Library’s Teen Center, Main Branch, 100 Larkin St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco, CA 94102
poet Dawn Marie Knopf will lead a poetry workshop as a part of the TeenCrawl, Litquake's literary crawl for teens.

Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:30 pm at the Many Rivers Books and Tea Shop, 130 S. Main St., Sebastopol
Sonoma County poet Phyllis Meshulam will read from Doors: Poems from the 2008 Campaign.

Friday 10/15 at 9:30 am KOWS Radio107.3
presents the four Redheaded Poets, Susan Kennedy, Penelope LaMontagne, Phyllis Meshulam and Gwynn O’Gara.  

Monday 10/18 from 1-2 pm, KOWS Radio 107.3
presents Iris Dunkle, Pamela Singer Yezbick and Phyllis Meshulam, three CPITS poet teachers, These programs can be heard online if you are not within the broadcast area.

Thursday 10/21 from 7-11pm, Live Worms Gallery, North Beach 1345 Grant, between Vallejo and Green in San Francisco,
blake more will be one of 11 poet artists in an art show called “Fall Show Rising”.

Sun 24 Oct 8 pm at Freight & Salvage 2020 Addison Street in Berkeley (Downtown Arts District across from Berkeley Rep)
20th Anniversary Celebration for Raymond Nat Turner’s 20th UpSurge! We'll be celebrating with family, friends and community, including living legends and mentors Donald “Duck” Bailey and Barbara Dane; Vukani Mawethu; Destiny, Harpist From the ‘Hood; India Cooke/Bill Crossman; Yancie Taylor; David Sturdevant of the Medicine Ball Band and others.

7-10pm, Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Caldwell Theater, Tamalpais High School
700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley

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Hosted by poet Terri Glass, this evening fundraiser for Marin Poets In the Schools features an exciting evening of performance poetry by Drew Dellinger, Kim Rosen with Singer/songwriter Scott Kalechstein interlaced with stellar students from Marin reading their work, as well as performances by Claire Blotter, Blake More and POL winner from Mendocino, Xochil Goetsky. 
       Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children. We anticipate this event to sell out quickly, so contact Tina at the office or pay through paypal . Tickets through paypal require a $2 surcharge.

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Thursday Sept 16, 5-7 pm
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Misson in San Francisco

Use the “Wacky Whimsical World of Maira Kalman” to inspire poetry. Experience the exhibition, then learn techniques for poetry and visual arts integration. Resource materials provided and refreshments served. Co-led by CPITS poet/museum educator Gail Newman. Poets and writers are welcome. Admission $15. To register contact 415-655-7881; Also the museum is offering free poetry-in-the-gallery tours to school groups for the Maira Kalman exhibit on view through October. Reserve a space by contacting Cecile Puretz.  Be sure to request the poetry tour with Gail Newman.   Get the Latest Update on Facebook

Sept. 28, 7 pm at the Mill Valley Library
San Francisco poet, Joan Gelfand will be reading with the Marin Poetry Center Traveling Show. Get the Latest Update


Saturday Oct 2, 12- 4:00 pm, Civic Center Park, Berkeley
Celebrate the 15th Annual . Students will be reading from 1-1:30pm. Strawberry Creek walk begins at 10am at Oxford and Center Streets. Get the Latest Update


Oct 5th, 7 pm at the SF Public Library/Eureka Branch (16th St.& Market)
San Francisco poet, Joan Gelfand will be reading. She will also be reading on Oct. 9, 6:30 and at 8:30 at at Litquake/Litcrawl. Schedule listed on Get the Latest Update

SCIENCE AND SPIRIT--A Poetry & Writing Symposium
Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29, 2010
Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, CA

Writing Intensive with Ellery Akers, Friday from 1:30-5:30.  Reading with Ellery Akers and Honoree, Duane BigEagle Friday evening. Saturday keynote speaker with Mary Korte followed by writing workshops focusing on themes of Native American philosophy, our relationship to the Earth and transformation from 10-5pm.  Also a new poet orientation and area coordinator meeting will be on Saturday morning. Open reading and celebration from 7:30 -10pm. Workshops on Sunday from 9:30-11pm. The symposium will end noon on Sunday.  Registration for Science and Spirit will begin on June 1, 2010.
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Sunday, March 14, 3-5pm,
The Sacramento Poetry Center
719 25th Street, Sacramento
Several poet teachers from around the state will celebrate California Poets in the Schools 45th Anniversary Anthology, What the World Hears, with a special reading at the Sacramento Poetry Center. This is a once in a lifetime event, gathering 20 poets from Humboldt to San Diego reading their work along with their student's poems.

Monday, March 15, 8:30am to 1pm,
CA State Capitol Senate Chambers, Sacramento
Poetry Out Loud finals gather high school student winners from 27 counties to select a student to advance to the national finals. Many of these county winners were coached by CPITS poet teachers. This is a very exciting event to see, the culmination of contests around the state, and it is open to the public. The students do an incredible job of memorizing and reciting poems. For more information call 415-221-4201.

Friday, August 28-Sunday, August 31st
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Santa Barbara
CPITS 45th Symposium will take place Friday, August 29th through Sunday, August 31st at La Casa de Maria Retreat Center in Santa Barbara. Located in the Montecito foothills, La Casa de Maria is a local treasure, ranked by U.S. News and World Report 2006 as "one of the best U.S. retreats." In addition to charming accommodations, the center provides miles of walking and hiking trails and a swimming pool. On Friday afternoon the symposium begins with an optional half day writing intensive led by David Starkey, Santa Barbara's current Poet Laureate. A variety of CPITS poet led workshops will take place Saturday along with an evening reading by CPITS poets. On Sunday a half-day of workshop options will be provided. Further information along with the symposium brochure will be coming soon from the CPITS office. Meanwhile, please check out La Casa de Maria.

CPITS 45TH SYMPOSIUM--honoring Daryl Ngee Chinn

Friday, August 28-Sunday, August 31st
La Casa de Maria Retreat Center, Santa Barbara

Daryl Ngee Chinn, longtime CPITS board member, area coordinator, and poet teacher, will be honored at the 45th Symposium in Santa Barbara on August 28. Daryl will read with David Starkey, who will teach a four hour writing intensive that afternoon. In recent years, Daryl has traveled the state creating Chinese banquets as CPITS fundraisers as helping to create and expand the poetry community in this huge state of ours. Read Daryl's statement


Friday, August 28
12:00 Lunch
12:45-5:00 Writing Intensive with David Starkey
6:00 Dinner
8:00 Special Reception and Reading by David Starkey and Daryl Chinn

Saturday, August 29
8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Welcoming Ceremony
9:30-11:00 Workshops
11:00 Area Coordinator Thank you Meeting: 45 Stories of CPITS
12:00 Lunch
1:30-3:00 Workshops
3:30-5:00 Workshops
6:00 Dinner
7:00 State of the Organization Report
7:30 CPITS Poet Teacher Full Circle Reading and Celebration

Sunday, August 30
8:00 Breakfast
9:30-11:00 Workshops
11:15 Closing Ceremony

1-4pm on Saturday, October 10, 2008
Mountain Theater, Mount Tamalpais
Join us in this CPITS 45th Anniversary fundraising event featuring US Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan, reading with Jane Hirshfield, Paul Hoover, and Joanne Kyger. Music by Tim Weed and food will be provided. Tickets $45 for a pair of tickets ($22.50 each). Hosted by Al DeSilver & the Marin Poetry Chair. Please email Al for tickets or further information, or call (707) 478-9511.
For more information, visit
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Hosted in honor of the 30th anniversary
of the Sacramento Poetry Center
Saturday, May 16, 2009, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fremont Park, between 15th and P Street, Downtown Sacramento
This event is FREE and family friendly. Performances, interactive activities for children, and exhibits will be available. Grab your children, a friend, a neighbor, and come out, celebrate and join the community of artists in Sacramento.
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Special Benefit Reading
plus a Poetry & Masks for all Ages Workshop
Benefit Reading:  Friday, May 1st, 7-9:30pm at the Stage Door
Workshop: Saturday, May 2nd, 9:30am-12:30pm at the Siskiyou Arts Council Gallery and Cultural Center.

Join poets Susan Wooldridge, Cathy Barber, Susan Sibbet, Heather Altfeld and Beth Beurkens in this very special poetry reading and mask-making workshop led by CPITS Poet Teachers Susan Sibbet, Susan Wooldridge, Cathy Barber and Beth Beurkens.
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Tues, February 10, 2009, Mendocino County Poetry Out Loud Finals & Coast HS Poetry Slam, Point Arena Theater, 3:30pm
Tues, February 10th, 2009, Inland Slam, Ukiah Little Theater, Ukiah HS, 4pm
Tues, April 28th, Countywide Slam, Mathison Performing Arts Center, Mendocino High School (click for map)
Contact Mendocino AC Blake More for info
or visit:

August 17, 2-4 CPITS Office
September 20, 11:30-12:30 at CPITS conference
October 19, 2-4 CPITS Office
November 22 or 23, All day Board Retreat (Location TBA)
December 14, 2-4 CPITS Office



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