Former WITS Writers Featured at Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers, May 23-27

Posted March 22, 2016 & filed under Event.

Three former WITS Writers – Tiphanie Yanique, Kimberly Meyer, and Lauren Berry — will be the featured writers at the Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers in May 2016. Here’s more information from the conference website:





Glass Mountain Magazine and the University of Houston

Are Pleased to Announce


The 2016 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers


Houston, TX, February 8, 2016


Accepting applications now for early-bird pricing on registration, the eighth annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers will take place at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, May 23-27, 2016.


During May 23-27, undergraduate and emerging writers both locally and nationwide will attend a week-long conference at the M.D. Andersen Library at University of Houston. The week will be filled with writing workshops, craft talks, professional panels, readings, evening events around the city, and private consultations with the 2016 Visiting Writers:


Tiphanie Yanique (fiction), Land of Love and Drowning (Penguin) and How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf)

Kimberly Meyer (nonfiction), The Book of Wanderings (Little, Brown)

Lauren Berry (poetry), The Lifting Dress (National Poetry Series, Penguin)


The Boldface Conference is open to any writer who has not yet published a book or enrolled in an MFA or PhD program in Creative Writing. Early-bird pricing is available on conference registration at the low cost of $195. Regular registration pricing will begin on March 21st.


The conference is largely funded via Glass Mountain Magazine’s annual Write-a-Thon and through support from the Oppenheim Foundation and the University of Houston English Department. Additional support is welcome:


More about Boldface: Boldface registration includes daily group workshops and master classes with Boldface faculty from the top-ranked University of Houston Graduate Creative Writing Program, craft talks and readings by the award-winning Visiting Writers, optional field trips, and daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation to events is provided by volunteers. For traveling writers, housing is available at the university at a low cost. Manuscript consultations with the Visiting Writers is an additional option.


For questions, interviews, donations, or additional information, please contact Matthew Salesses at boldfaceconference@gmailcom.

Los Trompos Performance by Meta-Four Houston

Posted March 8, 2016 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: 1500 McKinney St.

Join us Friday, March 11th, 6pm for a special Orbit Slam event at the Los Trompos installation at Discovery Green. There will be a DJ, performances by Meta-Four Houston and special guest Desiree Dallagiacomo taking place inside Los Trompos (spinning tops), a beautiful, colorful interactive installation.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration required.

Camp Registration Now Open!

Posted February 2, 2016 & filed under Event, Notebook.

Attention parents! Creative Writing Camp registration is now open – and classes fill up fast! This year we have expanded the locations and dates for our fun, educational summer programs. Classes are taught by professional writers, providing personal encouragement to students as they explore creative writing and storytelling. Visit our Camp Page for more details or view our brochure.

Nicola Parente Opening on Friday

Posted December 1, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, WITS People.

Join us at Nicola Parente’s artist reception this Friday! We are so excited that Nicola, a longtime WITS supporter and collaborator, will be showing his spectacular paintings in a one-man show.  Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX  is hosting an opening for WITS Artist Nicola Parente on Friday, December 4th at 6 pm. This solo show, No Color Without Light, will be on display at The Annex through January 30th.
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D.E.E.P. to Perform at We Are Girls Conference

Posted November 13, 2015 & filed under Event, Notebook.

deepWe are excited to announce that WITS Teacher and Special Programs Manager, Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton, will perform at the We Are Girls Conference, produced by The Girls Empowerment Network.

This event is a  multi-city extravaganza designed especially for girls in grades 3-8. This year’s theme is “Tell Your Story,” which fits right into the WITS mission.

We know that Deborah will serve as a powerful role model to these girls who are exploring creative self-expression and empowerment. Go, Deborah!

Meta-Four on Nov. 6th at MECA

Posted November 5, 2015 & filed under Event.


Join WITS this Friday for the ORBIT Slam.

FREE poetry workshop followed by poetry slam.

No registration required.

Open to ages 13-19.

6:30 – 8 pm at MECA in the 6th Ward,

Address: 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007.

Hosted by D.E.E.P.

See you Friday night!

Meta-Four Houston Performs at The Three Doctors

Posted November 4, 2015 & filed under Event, Notebook.



Meta-Four Houston will perform at this inspirational event hosted by The Houston Public Library on Friday! This is the write-up from HPL:

The Houston Public Library presents:

The Three Doctors

Hosted by Melanie Lawson with KTRK Channel 13

The Houston Public Library is pleased to present The Three Doctors to over 2,000 youth of the City of Houston.

This is an awesome opportunity for our youth to hear a compelling story about three young boys – much like themselves – who survived the tough inner city streets of Newark, New Jersey and became successful men. It is a story that will inspire and encourage our youth to win at life – no matter the odds.

We would be honored if you would support this important event through the gift of your time by attending The Three Doctors’ Presentation.

Who are The Three Doctors?


Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors, are extraordinary role models. These three doctors began with a childhood promise to persevere and become successful, prominent men, despite facing barriers growing up in the tough inner-city of Newark, New Jersey. They used positive peer pressure to overcome the many challenges they faced, thus allowing them the opportunity to realize their dream of each becoming a successful physician. Today, The Three Doctors give their time and resources through their Foundation, which stands on the premise that “Our Children Can Not Aspire to Be What They Can Not See.” They passionately share their remarkable story of perseverance to inspire and motivate young people to achieve education and career success through the formation of positive peer and mentor relationships.


Meta-Four Slam Poet to Open Show!

Posted September 29, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

mohja-kahfSlam Hip-Hop Program by Syrian American poet Mohja Kahf
Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 6 PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney St., 77002

Syrian-American poet Mohja Kahf tackles the stereotypes about Muslims and Arabs and dismantles them with her slamming, lyrical poetry.

Houston’s own Meta-Four slam poet, Rukmini, will open up the show! Come out to support Writers in the Schools (WITS) and witness the power of slam poetry to challenge and educate.

Meta-Four to Perform at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening

Posted September 16, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.

Join us on unnamedOctober 3rd for Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening!

The WITS slam team Meta-Four will perform several times between 1 and 4 pm, and there will be many other ways for visitors to explore and enjoy interesting sites within the 160-acre park. They will be int the LISTEN section of the festivities.

Buffalo Bayou Park stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street.

Don”t miss this wonderful outdoors event that includes walking tours, lectures, children’s crafts, recreational opportunities, delicious food, live music, and POETRY!

The day will culminate with an illuminated parade and fireworks show.

This event is FREE and open to the public. See you there!



Free Resume Writing Workshops for Houston Youth

Posted September 15, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

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FREE resume writing workshops for young people, including applicants to the Houston Youth Poet Laureate program. Join us 9/18 or 9/24.

Date: September 18, 2015
Time: 5pm
Location: Writers in the Schools Office, 1523 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
Date: September 24, 2015
Time: 5pm
Location: HPL Smith Neighborhood Library, 3624 Scott St, 77004

Applying to be the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate? Writers in the Schools and the Houston Public Library have teamed up to offer two free resume writing workshops for youth this fall: Friday, September 18, 5pm at WITS (1523 W Main) and Thursday, September 24, 5pm at the Smith Neighborhood Library (3624 Scott St). Participants will learn skills to help them prepare a resume to support their application. Please visit for more details. Space is limited.

To register please visit:



Houston Arts Partners Conference 2015

Posted September 8, 2015 & filed under Event.


5th Annual Houston Arts Partners Conference
The Arts Fuel Innovation

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Including HAPpy Hour)
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonet, Houston, TX 77005

1 Day – $45.00 (Pre-registration); $50.00 (Day of event on a space-available basis)
Both Days – $75.00 (Pre-registration); $80.00 (Day of event on a space-available basis)

James Drew, Fort Bend Independent School District
Craig Hauschildt, DA CAMERA chamber music & jazz

The 2015 conference, The Arts Fuel Innovation, examines the relationship between the arts and vital components of tomorrow’s creative economy: creativity, versatility, collaboration, and innovation. Unearthing critical connections among the arts, arts integration, and success in other core and STEM subjects, these diverse, relevant, rigorous presentations led by teachers and teaching artists draw on exemplary partnerships between schools and Houston’s outstanding arts organizations. With these arts-based tools and ongoing partnerships, teachers are equipped to prepare their students for opportunities and challenges still in the making.


  • Nationally recognized speakers advocating for arts education and arts integration
  • Presentations on how to create partnerships to bring the arts into your classroom, developed by Houston’s outstanding arts organizations and the amazing schools they work with
  • Expert-led panel discussions on education trends, arts and education legislation, and how to fund innovative partnerships
  • Opportunities to connect with hundreds of colleagues including educators, administrators, principals, non-profit organizations, artists, community members, business leaders, and industry professionals
  • An art-filled environment with live performances

WITS will be represented on two panels in this year’s conference and will have a booth on both days.

100 Thousand Poets for Change at University of Houston-Downtown

Posted September 4, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.


100 Thousand Poets for Change fights social injustice by using the arts to create social change. These artists sponsor readings in cities across the world, and this year’s day of international solidarity is September 26, 2015.

Please join 100 Thousand Poets for Change and put Houston on the map! Poet Billie Duncan is organizing city-wide readings, performances, and exhibits, and under John Locke’s guidance, University of Houston-Downtown will host Houston’s 3rd annual kick-off event. Details are as follows:

What:             100 Thousand Poets For Change (Houston’s Kick-Off Event)

Why:               To Creatively Speak Against Social Injustice Through the Arts

When:             Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:            UHD Coffee House

Show up for an exciting evening where voices from across the city speak out against social injustice. See you there!


Night WrITerS Rides Again 8/26/15

Posted August 22, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.

P7300453Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, August 26th from 6-8 pm, at OKRA Charity Saloon for a free creative writing series for adults. With an interactive workshop led by WITS Writer Emanualee “Outspoken” Bean, Night WrITers is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause! Cash bar. No charge, donations always appreciated.

Date: August 26, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Location: 924 Congress Houston, TX 77002

Meta-Four to Compete in the Slam Bowl

Posted June 29, 2015 & filed under Contest, Event.


Meta-Four Houston will compete in the Slam Bowl in Austin on June 30, 2015. Join us at the Spiderhouse Ballroom (2606 Fruth Street) at 8 pm for some good ole Texas poetry! Cover charge is $10. For more information, click here.

Sign Up for Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program!

Posted May 27, 2015 & filed under Contest, Event, Fiction, Notebook, Poem.

Summer is here, and it’s time to read and reap the rewards! Sign up your child for Houston Public Library’s Summer Reading Program and spend the summer with great books! For more information, see the notice below from our friends at Houston Public Library:

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How to earn books & badges this summer:

REGISTER: Early registration begins May 1, 2015 and continues through August 1, 2015 at any Houston Public Library location during operating hours or remotely from a computer.

READ or listen to books, enter book titles or reading time online and in your Badge Log booklet (be sure to ask your librarian for one). Go to your local Houston Public Library to pick up your prizes at the various book reading levels.

ATTEND hands on workshops, enjoy performances and take part in activities to earn your STEAM MACHINE sticker badges (collect them in your Badge Log booklet)! Participate in at least 5 library programs* and read a minimum of 5 books, to receive a prize pack: Houston Zoo and Houston Rockets ticket vouchers and a Raising Cane’s gift card!**

REWARDS include:

A Houston Dash game ticket and a certificate 5 books or 5 hours
A Houston Dynamo game ticket and one free book for reading 10 books or 10 hours
Chipotle meal coupon, additional free book and a coupon for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for reading 20 books or 20 hours
Children’s Museum of Houston admission voucher and entry into a Grand Prize drawing to win a new Xbox One console for reading 30 books or more or 30+ hour​

Writers at the Menil

Posted May 14, 2015 & filed under Event.



Congratulations to all the young WITS Writers chosen to share their work at the Menil Collection Wednesday night. What a marvelous performance!


Books Alive on Saturday

Posted May 13, 2015 & filed under Event.

Saturday, May 16, the Houston Public Library hosts author Jon Scieszka at their Central Branch. This series of events promises great fun for kids and adults alike. Here’s the information from their site:

Books Alive! 6th Annual Children’s Book Celebration

Saturday, May 16, 2015 | 12:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Central Library | 500 McKinney St., 77002

Event kickoff

12:15 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor

Main Street Theater young ambassadors present selections from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor.

Author Jon Scieszka

12:45 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor

Author talk, book sale and signing!

Musical guest and interactive activities

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Plaza

Music and entertainment by AndyRoo and the AndyRooniverse! Arts & Crafts, Mad Science of Houston, PhotoMoto photo booth, Houston Museum of Natural Science, and the Children’s Museum of Houston.