STREET POETS Inc. is a non-profit poetry-based peace-making organization dedicated to the creative process as a force for individual and community transformation.

  • Street Poets’ GOOD SEED ORGANIC GARDENING program was designed to awaken our students to their own true nature by bringing them into active relationship with the earth and the natural world. Rooted in alternative public schools and community sites in Los Angeles’ most under-resourced neighborhoods, this program introduces youth to the healing synergy of poetry

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  • Our writing workshops inspire youth to use the practice of poetry to bear witness to their own lives and the lives of

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  • The Poetry in Motion Van is a mobile performance venue and recording studio conceived to help us deliver poetic

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  • Street Poets produces and distributes a CD of spoken- word, hip-hop and song each year to amplify the voices of our

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  • Street Poets offers transformational life coaching, as well as corporate and organizational trainings and retreats

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  • Our quarterly public reading series brings nationally and internationally known published poets and spoken-word artists

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  • Street Poets awakens youth to their own true nature by bringing them out of the city into active relationship with the

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  • Street Poets takes a gift-centered approach to our mentoring work, recognizing that each young person is born with his

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  • Street Poets is committed to building a community that brings together different racial, ethnic and socio- economic

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  • Street Poets performs at schools, youth justice & peace conferences and juvenile detention facilities throughout

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  • WAKE-UP CALL

    This afternoon, one day after the murders of Dallas police officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarippa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens, two days after the murder of Philando Castile in Minnesota and three days after the murder of Alton Sterling in Louisiana, I was sitting in the driver’s seat of my beat-up Subaru Outback

  • A Gangster’s Guide to Freedom

    If you are or have been a gang member, the most practical question to ask yourself right now is “What is the current status of my relationship to my gang?”

  • Street Poets Visit Sweden

    For the second year in a row, Street Poets was invited to participate in the annual international Youth Initiative Forum in Jarna, Sweden. SP Teaching Artists Art Quiros and Frank Escamilla, along with youth leader Jaynese
    “Ladybug” Poole,

  • Street Poets on the Apache Rez

    Most importantly perhaps, a poetic dialogue begins — between two communities that share not only deep wounds, but powerful gifts capable of transforming our world into something in which we can all believe. This, in the end, is why we are here.

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True Nature

This book was conceived as a portrait of the creative community that both nurtures and serves, and is nurtured and served by, the non-profit organization Street Poets Inc.. Born from a poetry workshop in a Los Angeles County probation camp for boys, Street Poets has evolved over the past 20 years into a multi-dimensional, highly

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