Thursday, September 25, 2014

Voices of Gold: California Poets in the Schools Celebrates 50 Years of Poetry, Oct. 10-12 at IONS Earthrise in Petaluma

Poets, teachers, poet-teachers, and plebeians who want to become poets in the schools: join us October 10 -12, for our 50th Anniversary celebration, Voices of Gold Symposium at IONS in Petaluma. If you haven’t yet marked this on your calendar, do it now. Good job! Now, if you can't attend the whole the weekend, then come for Saturday's fabulous festivities. You'll get to spend the day or the entire weekend participating in innovative writing workshops and partying like rockstars with kindred poets, of course.

Did we mention that many California poets laureates, and civic poets laureates are/were CPITS poets—including Jane Hirshfield, Celia Woloch, Molly Fisk, John Oliver Simon, and our latest California Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, have gone on to win huge accolades? Yep. Poetry is us. Jane Hirshfield credits CPITS as that “superb and still thriving program” that gave her first job as poet teacher; she said CPITS instils in young writers a passion for poetry, allows freedom of mind and offers the open-ended “writing invitation.”

LA poet-actor-playwrignt Jack Grapes, publisher of ONTHEBUS, will lead a deep writing intensive on Friday, Oct. 10. His Method Writing Approach teaches us to listen deep within ourselves. Celebrate and honor the elders of CPITS with a banquet, and welcome newcomers with special festivities.

Saturday, Oct. 11 former California Poet Laureate and CPITS board member, Al Young will give a keynote address, followed by four sets of workshops that embrace themes of poetry & sound, poetry & visual art/media, poetry & movement, and poetry performance—we'll be joined by special guests, performance poet-activists Josh Healey and Jason Bayani.

California poet teachers—from San Diego to Del Norte—will lead ab-fab workshops. CPITS workshop leaders include Amanda Chiado, Phyllis Meshulam, Karen K Lewis, Claire Blotter, Tree Bernstein, Jim Cartwright, Karen Benke, Dan Zev Levinson, Julie Hochfield, Prartho Sereno, DanaTeen Lomax, Blake More, Margo Perin, Kathy Evans and Sally Doyle.

More cool workshops on Sunday morning, including poetry & yoga, poetry & art—and don't forget to leave extra time to say those long goodbyes with newfound friends.

WHERE: at IONS Earthrise Retreat Center in Petaluma—right off Hwy 101, at San Antonio Creek. The beautiful campus is nestled in the Northern California foothills. You will dine on sumptuous organic meals while engaging in a multitude of interactive poetry workshops that will enhance your own writing or teaching in the classroom.

Please visit for registration information and complete workshop descriptions or contact, better yet, just call Tina 415-221-1401 to register. See you there!

We also have great weekend commute special (Sat/Sun) $230; SaturDay Pass only $200—includes IONS' day use fee and abfab organic homegrown meals and snacks. No sleepovers. But two rooms are still available: contact (415) 221-1401 ASAP.

To download the Voices of Gold brochure:

ABOUT CALIFORNIA POETS IN THE SCHOOLS: Founded in 1964, California Poets in the Schools is one of the largest literary artists-in-residence programs in the nation. We encourage students throughout California to recognize and celebrate their creativity, intuition, and intellectual curiosity through the creative poetry writing process. We provide students with a multicultural community of published poets, specially trained to bring their experience and love for their craft into the classroom. CPITS serves 25,000 students annually in hundreds of public and private schools, juvenile halls, after-school programs, hospitals, and other community settings. We also partner with the California Arts Council to broadcast the Poetry Out Loud recitation program to high schools and audiences throughout the state. 2014 marks our 50th Anniversary of Poetry in California’s Classrooms!

California Poets In the Schools | 1333 Balboa Street, Suite 3 | SF CA
94118 |

CPITS began as the Pegasus Project at San Francisco State in 1964 and is now active in more than 25 counties, reaching 26,000 students annually. Noted poets including Juan Felipe Herrera, Jane Hirshfield, Alison Luterman, Karen Benke, Opal Palmer Adisa, Richard Garcia, devorah major, Duane BigEagle, John Oliver Simon, Molly Fisk, and hundreds more have led workshops in K-12 classrooms, juvenile halls, hospitals and other community settings. In partnership with the California Arts Council, CPITS also delivers the national Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation program to high school students statewide.

Ghosts of symposiums past:

Write, Sing, and Move the Future Poetry Writing & Teaching Symposium 2013

Passing the Gift Forward, California Poets in the Schools Poetry & Writing Symposium 2012

California Poets in the Schools 47th Symposium  2011

California Poets in the Schools Science & Spirit Symposium 2010

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