Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Santa Barbara Poet-Teachers (SBPT) is an independent educational organization that places poet-teachers in the classrooms of both public and private schools in Santa Barbara County. Our goal is to nurture a knowledge and appreciation of diverse forms of poetry while inviting students to develop their individual poetic voice. As working poets, we provide a framework within which students develop their creativity and intuition while also creating a safe haven for the exploration of feelings and emotion through the poetic/creative writing process.

Five poet-teachers are currently working in grades K-through 12 at eleven schools located in Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Montecito. An affiliated branch of California Poets in the Schools (CPITS), SBPT is directly funded by PTA’s and individuals concerned with the quality of arts education in our county.

Please e-mail us if you would like to make a gift to our program.