California Poets in the Schools began in 1964 to help students throughout California recognize and celebrate their creativity, intuition, and intellectual curiosity through the creative writing process.  CPITS provides students with a multicultural community of trained, published poets who bring their experience and love for their craft into the classroom.  There are 150+ teachers in the program and I’m honored to count myself among them. My students’ poems—and a few of mine—have been published in the annual Statewide Anthologies.  CPITS Anthologies are excellent resources for lesson plans and the CPITS yearly conference is open to poets, teachers, educators, artists, anyone interested in learning how to bring poetry into the lives of young people:

California Poets in the Schools
P.O. Box 1328
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
(415) 221-4201


Poets House houses the most comprehensive independent poetry collection in the country. 70,000 volumes and counting! Free + open to the public, it’s the Children’s Room that is the best inspiration station, serving more than 16,000 children annually and offering special Saturday programs by authors and illustrators in a whimsical, light-filled space. I’ve been fortunate to present at Poets House a few times and adore that every object in the Children’s Room is intended to promote thought and creative association. There’s even an antique card catalog filled with poetry treasures and prompts and a vintage typewriter to ink out your poems!

Poets House
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282


WITS Alliance is a professional network of literary arts educational programs + individuals who serve K-12 students and provide professional development for teachers.


Writers in the Schools
1523 W. Main Street
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-3877

Founded in 2015, Handwritten is a place in space for pens and paper, and for hand-writers, hand-thinkers, and hand-holders. It’s a preserve for penmanship and things of the physical past. I LOVE this site that founder Brett Rawson created and am honored Adventures in Creative Writing is a partner of Handwritten.


The Uni Project was started by husband-and-wife, Sam and Leslie Davol, and focuses on changing the landscape of learning.  Yeah, but what is an Uni?  It’s an open-air, pop-up reading room for public space so people can read and learn outside.  Located in NYC, The Uni Projects are found in plazas, parks, and other public spaces.  There have been 200+ “deployments” in 46 neighborhoods since 2012. The Uni Project also sends kits around the world so others can copy The Uni model.  I LOVE this project, am happy to have my books travel with Uni, and can’t say enough good things about what Sam and Leslie have created. Penguin Random House, who distribute my books, is a sponsor!

The Uni Project
6 Varick St., #10B
New York, NY 10013

Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, Hedgebrook supports visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. I was fortunate enough to receive a 3 week residency at Hedgebrook early in my career and it made a huge impact on inspiring the writer I am today. Hedgebrook offers residencies, master classes and salons on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.

Hedgebrook (Whidbey Island)
PO Box 1231
Freeland, WA 98249-9911
(360) 321-4786