Street Poets harnesses the healing power of poetry and music to build community and inspire our next generation to write, rap and dream a new world into being for us all.

  • 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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  • Street Poets’ POETRY & 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.

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  • Roots to Reach

    Street Poets is finally putting down permanent roots in the community we’ve served for the past 25+ years. Thanks to capital grants from the Annenberg Foundation and another prominent Los Angeles-based foundation, we’ve secured the site for the future Street Poets Center for Community, Culture & Wellness across the street from John Adams Middle School. The Center will include a recording studio, media lab and community space for youth poetry performances and writing circles, as well as dance and drumming workshops.

  • Introducing Street Poets’ New Artistic Director: Barbara Fant

    Welcome to the latest addition to our leadership team, Barbara Fant. A native of Ohio, Barbara brings years of experience as a poet, teaching artist, foundation administrator and community-builder to Street Poets at an exciting time of change for our organization and for the city we serve.

  • 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, were asked to share their creative gifts with the conference participants, hosting an open-mic event as well writing and dance workshops.

  • 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.