(Inspired by the Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas)  The forest air smells like sweet pine trees. I walk through the forest, looking at the cloudy sky. The wind pushes me to the right, then to the left. It tosses me for a while; then stops and drops me into a wet,… Read more »

We hope you can join us as we announce the new Houston Youth Poet Laureate at the Writers in the Schools Gala on Thursday, November 10th, 6pm at The Astorian. Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Houston Public Library, in partnership with the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), and with… Read more »

  Writers in the Schools student, Regional and Houston Youth Poet Laureate, Andrew White, was invited to the White House last week to meet with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Students performed poetry in the State Dining Room and met with First Lady Michele Obama, and nationally-acclaimed poets, Q-Tip, and Elizabeth… Read more »

WITS is a presenting sponsor at the Houston Arts Partners Conference on Friday, September 9th and Saturday the 10th! Stop by our booth for some fun WITS swag and more information about our programs. We will also host 2 panels and our very own Meta-Four youth performance poetry team will give a special performance at Friday’s… Read more »

WITS 4th Grader, Lila, has started a petition for Bag-Free Bayous! We are so proud that one of our students is dedicating her time and energy to bettering the quality of life for all Houstonians and cleaning up our waterways. “Every year, about 300 million pounds of plastic are produced, but only 10 percent is recycled.[1]… Read more »

Calling all poets,writers, spoken word artists, and emcees! Here is your opportunity to represent Houston as Youth Poet Laureate. The Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and activists in our community who are dedicated to civic engagement through poetry and performance. This program is open to youth ages 14-19 in Houston, Texas… Read more »

BIG NEWS! WITS and Histrionix Learning Company have submitted a proposal to SXSWedu PanelPicker and YOU have a chance to help us spread the word about Digital Storytelling! Just click on the link below, login or sign up with facebook and VOTE!   Vote for WITS now! >>

by WITS Writer, Lesa Boutin   I’m not a gamer, but when I heard about WITS Digital I wanted in. As a fiction writer, the idea of creating the story behind a video game intrigued me. I admit to having a certain mindset when it came to gaming. I thought it a solitary experience, which writing… Read more »

WITS is excited and proud to announce that Cuchara Restaurant has generously chosen to donate $5 out of every $35 spent at Cuchara on Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st to WITS! We encourage everyone to go have a delicious meal and enjoy the beautiful murals and ambiance. Great place for a date night… Read more »

by WITS Intern, Danielle Resh   If I had to pick the most important qualities for a person or an organization to cultivate, I would choose three things: a capacity for empathy, a hunger for personal growth, and the ability to be true to oneself. At WITS, empathy means seeking to truly understand and support… Read more »

Want to make a difference in the lives of children? WITS is now looking for passionate, creative individuals to work with our team! Positions currently available: Program Coordinator (full-time) Classroom Writer (part-time) Communications Intern (part-time) For more information and to apply please visit our Work for WITS page.

  Nature all around Birds chirping, flowers growing Colors singing songs by Jiho   Blazing hot weather Sun rays flashing down on us Summer is now here by Hadi   In Autumn leaves fall, And you breathe the cool crisp air Then, our school begins by Alexandria   Winter, a cold beast Yet, gentle as… Read more »

                When times are tough, pick up a pencil and write down your feelings and dreams. When times are tough, believe that things will get better. When times are tough, pick some flowers to give to a friend. When times are tough, play with a puppy, and you’ll… Read more »

She’s half boxer, half French bulldog She’s cuddly She makes me laugh Her head is soft Her eyes are like dark chocolate She barks too much But I love her more than gold by Jocelyn, age 6

by WITS Intern, Danielle Resh “What are you doing?” I ask a fourth grade student splayed across the floor, eyebrows furrowed in concentration as she studies her paper. The classroom hums with the sound of scratching pencils. Children buzz around writing stations, focused on their work. “These are haiku blocks,” she says, opening her hand… Read more »

              Toss glitter in the sea. Get a mermaid tail of any color. Loosen your hair so it can get curly. Stir pink on your dress. Gather pink and white pearls to make a mermaid city. Use seashells for some pets. Get some rocks for a house. If I… Read more »

by WITS Intern, Danielle Resh Two second graders bounce their handmade puppets around, transforming the slick hall of the cafeteria where students gather for pickup into their own little stage. To my left, a girl bends over her journal, furiously scribbling as she is called to head home. In front of me, a camper gestures… Read more »

Yellow looks like the sun shining in the sky. Yellow sounds like a yellow bird cheeping. I can smell yellow dandelions when they have their petals. I can touch yellow banana peels. I taste a yellow icing cupcake. If yellow were a person, he would lie under the sun. By Drake, Memorial Drive Elementary

The tree is blowing its hair in the air It has more than one arm, it has legs and hair It doesn’t like to be cut down The tree likes animals to hibernate inside it The tree doesn’t like to be alone He loves the animals The tree is warm in the sun By Addison,… Read more »

Join WITS on Saturday, July 9th, 2 pm as the Meta-Four Houston team gives their FREE farewell performance at the Live Oaks Meeting House on 26th Street in the Heights before jetting off to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Brave New Voices International Festival. Meta-Four Houston recently won first place in the state of Texas. Come check out these talented poets!… Read more »