Give hope

Bring a book
Write a story
Live a life
Travel around the world
Explore the forests
Swim the seas
Fly the skies
Try new things
Collect rare treasures
Create new things
Sketch a new world
Ride a dragon
Climb a mountain
Walk on a cloud
Swing through treetops
Help your family
Comfort your friends
Be a kind person
Hold life in your hands
Give hope
Show hope
Live in hope
Do all this
Just in case

by Virginia, 5th grade

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This Saturday, June 18th, the Meta-Four Houston students will have the honor of recording their poetry at the world famous SugarHill Studios in Houston, Texas. SugarHill has generously donated their time and expertise to give our students the experience of a lifetime!

Some other famous names that have have recorded at SugarHill (maybe you’ve heard of them?) The Rolling Stones, Freddy Fender, The Big Bopper, George Jones, Smash Mouth, Destiny’s Child, Archie Bell and The Drells… the list goes on!

We are so grateful to share these opportunities with our students. Stay tuned for pictures from the upcoming session!

B-Fest_icon_largeJoin us Friday, June 10th at 6:30pm for a special performance by WITS’ Meta-Four Houston team at Barnes & Noble First Colony’s B-Fest Teen Book Festival. This special performance will be followed by Trivia Blast at 7pm, created by Penguin Teen and Random House’s First In Line, who will send one winner in every store advance reader’s copies* of the most anticipated new teen books. *Advance reader’s copies will be preselected by the publisher. Join us for this evening of fun and check out Barnes & Noble’s page for more teen events that weekend.

gdri2WITS has partnered with the University of Houston-Downtown’s GDRI (Graphic Design Research Initiative) program to turn WITS students’ poetry into visual works of art! These works are on display now in the tunnel below Houston’s Downtown City Hall.

This traveling visual poetry exhibition uses techniques from fields that include concrete poetry, expressive typography, and visual literature, getting inspiration from dada-ism and futurism.

Painters use strokes and color schemes to express emotions on the canvas. Writers use words and stories to communicate emotion on the page. This exhibition celebrates the intersection of both worlds.

 

This partnership was made possible through the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance. Printing support generously provided by Seebridge Media

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Someone brought me a branch

Little tiny bugs work inside like ants
I felt happy when I got it
So many ideas of what to build

Someone brought me a branch

by Sa’nia, 1st grade

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My story is in my hands.
My hands help me taste good food and feel soft blankets.
My hands help me hear the piano and smell flowers.
My hands help me see a book.
My story is in my hands.

by Frida, 1st grade

 

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Spend an evening with WITS on Thursday, June 2nd, 6-10pm for Mid Main’s First Thursday event. There will be live music, performances, art shows, tasty drinks and appetizer specials. A $5 donation will give guests access to the Art Garden and drinks from Topo Chico, St. Arnold, and Deep Eddy. Proceeds will benefit WITS and help us bring the WITS creative writing program to more Houston children!

Location: 3700 Main Street 77002

Cost: FREE

 

In the morning when the sun rises I imagine you

as someone I love who has passed away.

My eyes hunt for you when I am sad or mad.

I cherish your lovely whiteness.

You make my eyes water with happiness.

I adore your fluffiness that is softer than a dog.

Nothing will separate us, not even the wind that howls.

Our love is stronger than a lollipop.

I cherish you like a dog who cuddles with me.

In the evening I look up into the dark sky to find you.

I wait to read you a book.

By Kennedy, 2nd Grade

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Black is the night sky while you are sleeping.

Black is the sound of a crow chirping through the day.

Black smells like shoes on your feet.

Black feels spiky and hard, like a dinosaur’s spikes.

Black tastes like steak that was burned in the oven.

Black goes outside and jumps on a black horse.

 

by Drake, 3rd grade

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Meta-Four Houston poets Rukmini and Donald are organizing a youth slam event that will take place on May 6th. Please join us at 6 pm at Sharpstown High School in Houston.

 

fb-Banner-Visiting-Poet-Series-Bean-1Oustpoken Bean motivated and inspired the students at the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota over the weekend. Many of the students there already perform spoken word, participate in an on-campus writers’ society, and attend Dances with Words, a reservation-wide, afterschool program that holds interactive writing workshops.

Outspoken Bean worked with students as part of the Visiting Poet Series, launched by The Heritage Center and Red Cloud teachers.

“What I want students to take away from these workshops is the desire to explore beyond where they are—to use whatever talent and skills they have to expand and broaden their horizons,” said Bean.

See more at: http://www.redcloudschool.org/news/20160420/visiting-poet-series-spurs-students-passion-for-spoken-word#sthash.bmkbzPR3.dpuf

Friday, 29th #1

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I would sail on a wooden blue boat

with a flag waving in the wind

I would jump a fast-moving train

whooshing over the land

I would pilot a small plane

over and above the clouds

I would tunnel under the earth

where the ants crawl

I would go bravely into the

great unknown as long as my dog is beside me

 

By Johnson, 5th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Samantha, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Call To Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 thurs, 28th

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The sky

Gray

But not too much so

‘is not gloomy but relaxed

The wind

Light

For I feel it’s softly tugging at my paper

But even if I let it go the paper wouldn’t

Move far.

The sun’s light shines dimly

Through the clouds

The deep green grass catches

My eye with its simple beauty.

 

Just the perfect view.

 

By Caleb, 7th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Donald, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Call To Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 wed, 27th

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I am Swimming Music.

I am diving through the audience’s mind,

putting them into a dream of wonder.

I gather through the life of a harp.

I glide toward the heart, filling the melody.

I am a soul among water, among the things

I was made for. I charge in to a sea of personalities.

I am a moody window that opens into a spring day,

or a rainy cloud. I throw myself into souls

like an everlasting fountain.

I was formed by the living, for the living.

I am neither alive nor dead.

I am the breath of one who loves.

 

By Virginia, 3rd grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Donald, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “For My Mom by Exi Style. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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FullSizeRender 10Houston has installed poetry banners throughout downtown. Featured poets include our very own Executive Director, Robin Reagler, and Writers in the Schools students! As you walk through the city make sure you look up to catch the words on these beatiful banners and if you have a chance snap a picture and tag @witshouston!

Es el numero uno.

Suena como mariposas,

como la naturaleza,

como mucha dulzura.

Es el viento.

Es como el color rosado,

como puntos rosados,

chiquitas mariposas.

Y como hablo en vos baja.

Se siente libre.

Como estas corriendo afuera en la naturaleza,

y el viento soplando,

sobre ti

hermosos colores de blanco,

y arco iris todas partes.

Suena como el sonido de la naturaleza

como toda esta en silencio

Es como

querer animals i la naturaleza

querer nadir,

querer dibujar,

y escribir.

 

2 tues, 26th

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It is the number one.

It sound like butterflies,

like nature,

like sweetness.

It sounds like kindness

and wind.

It is the color pink,

like pink dots and,

little pink butterflies.

It means how I talk

in a whisper.

It feels free.

It’s like you’re running outside

in nature,

the wind blowing

on your beautiful colors of white,

and rainbows all around.

It sounds like nature’s sound,

peace, quiet.

It loves animals and nature,

loves to swim,

loves to draw,

loves to write.

 

By Adriana, 2nd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Samantha, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Chiado” by Jahzzar. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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1 mon, 25th

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The air is within the forest

whisper of nature

branches with hope

within the winds

hope will rise

and the forest’s fog

also wishes for hope

in the winds

and the trees will grow that strong hope

so the sun will rise

with loving hope and with care

By Taran, 2nd grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Tori, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Beautiful Rain” by Ketsa. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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12 truly inspired and inspiring young poets will WOW Houston this weekend at the Space City Grand Slam.

The Space City Grand Slam is THIS Sunday, April 24th, 3PM at Discovery Green, sponsored by the Travelers Foundation. Join us to hear the words of 12 talented youth poets as they vie for a spot on the Meta-Four Houston team and a chance to travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices International Festival. This event will include special guest JJ from KBXX 97.9 The Box, the official media sponsor of the Space City Slam Series, and DJ Roo. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Friday, 22nd #1

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The sound of the beat fills my ears

I can’t believe it’s from my own hands

 

The stars shine in my face

as my fingers follow the music

 

The music is scarring my face with emotions

by my hands are being controlled by the guitar

it seems

not the other way around

the guitar will not let me stop

 

The stars in the ski

make my face shine

 

Yeah, my hands fly high

so fly like they never did before

birds in the floor

and the lizards

in the sky

 

By Ashley, 7th grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Tori, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Vagabond” by The Kinky Fingers. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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