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California Poets in the Schools -

Los Angeles County


LAPS Founder and President, Jessica M. Wilson and Vice President, Juan Cardenas are certified Poet 

Teachers with CPITS. They have taught in Venice, CA at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Tia

Chucha's Centro Cultural, Kentor Canyon Elementary, North Hollywood Public Library,

Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood, CA, and at Vista Middle School in Panorama City, CA. 


They are excited to support the children of LA and teaching poetry as a means of expressive

communication and inner peace.


Juan specializes bilingual education for native Spanish speakers and music.

Jessica specializes in Poetry and visual written art.


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.  


Would you like to become a CPITS Poet Teacher? Certified by a reputable 50 year-old non-profit organization, CPITS fosters fusing creativity with our words and expressions all up the state of California! 


We are currently looking for new Poet Teachers in the Los Angeles area - for more information, please visit: GET INVOLVED


Congratulations to Los Angeles' 1st Youth

Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman!

We are so proud of Amanda! Not only is she a brilliant young Poet, but she is a selfless activist, representing the voice of those who are not able to give voice.


She is a CPITS student, taught at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA by Poet Teachers India Radfar, Jessica Wilson, and Tresha Haefner. She is also a member of WriteGirl - a group of young lady poets undergoing mentoring through writing, and sharing a deeper understanding of the world they are in. 


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Amanda Gorman is also the founder of One Pen One Page, an organization dedicated to promoting the global right to education through youth advocacy and leadership development, along with poetry workshops in urban schools. She founded the organization after serving as a delegate the United Nations, and is currently touring Los Angeles. 


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Would you like a Poet at your School or Organization? 


If you would like to have a CPITS Poet Teacher in your class, please complete the form below and we will let you know how to get started!


Write on, young Poets!

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