Mar 30, 2019
by Meg Hamill
California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets), a nationally renowned, 54-year-old nonprofit organization based in Sonoma County, launches the Sonoma Poetry Festival on April 1st – a month-long celebration of local poetry during the month of April – National Poetry Month. Offerings are meant to be accessible by nature, and geared towards families, children and the general public. There are ways for classrooms and workplaces to participate.
The vision for the Sonoma Poetry Festival is to create a public poetry experience by and for the people –incorporating poetry into the daily lives of everyone in our county. Starting in February, the public was invited to submit ideas for poetry projects that were public in nature, with a wide reach. The current listed festival activities reflect the diversity of ideas that came back through this submission process.
Sonoma Poetry Festival is inspired by a similar festival in Miami-Dade county put on by the nonprofit O’Miami. The festival is generously supported by The Awesome Foundation (SF Branch), The Billy Graham Memorial Foundation and the County of Sonoma.
California Poets in the Schools, a non-profit founded in 1964, is one of the nation's largest literary Artists-in-the-Schools programs. CalPoets serves 28,000 youth throughout California each year. Over 50 trained, professional Poet-Teachers deliver poetry sessions throughout California to students in K-12 classrooms and a variety of other venues, such as children’s homes, juvenile halls and hospitals. Students are empowered to express their creativity, imagination, and intellectual curiosity through writing, performing and publishing their own poetry.
Since its founding in 1964, CalPoets has inspired over one million students in sixty thousand classrooms to create six million poems. Many of the young people reached through our programs are low-income, rural or second language learners. Student poetry is published in an annual, juried statewide anthology. High-school students from many counties are coached by our Poet-Teachers to compete in tiered Poetry Out Loud competitions from the classroom to the national level. Poet-Teachers gather at yearly symposia for ongoing professional development and community building.
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Dates: Saturdays and Sundays - July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
Saturdays at 7:30 - Sundays at 2:00
Pay-what-you-can preview on July 12 at 7:30 pm
Students $12 Adults $25
Suggested audience high school and older--mild adult themes and strong language.
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