Writers’ Conference April 10th & 11th in Houston!

Posted April 10, 2015 & filed under Event, News, WITS People.

Register TODAY for HBU’s 3rd annual Writers’ Conference in Houston, Texas

April 10 & 11, 2015 on the campus of Houston Baptist University

WITS Writers Elizabeth Keel, Dulcie David, and Maryann Gremillion with Sandra Campbell from Houston Grand Opera will present dynamic, interactive workshops on Saturday. 

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Keynote Address:

An Evening with Scott Cairns: A Reading and a Yammering

Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, at Belin Chapel on the campus of Houston Baptist University.

In this address, Scott Cairns — Guggenheim fellow, Dennis Levertov Award recipient, librettist, anthologist, and multi-award-winning author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction — will read a selection of his work and talk about the writer’s/artist’s vocation.

 

See Register NOW! Page

  • Standard Registration is $35, which includes lunch Saturday.
  • Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Registration is $75, which includes lunch Saturday and 5.25 Continuing Professional Education hours.
  • HBU Students, Faculty, and Staff Registration is free – lunch is not included with the HBU-affiliate registration.

Complimentary notebooks, pens, coffee, tea, and water will be provided for everyone.

Individuals are responsible to reserve their own accommodations. Please see the Hotel Information link for more information.

 

Original post: March 13, 2015

 

Saturn Youth Poetry Slam on Tuesday

Posted April 6, 2015 & filed under Event.

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Tuesday, April 7th, at KIPP Academy, join WITS for a youth poetry competition. The event will begin at 6 pm at KIPP Sharpstown (8440 Westpark Dr, Houston, TX 77063). Media Sponsor 97.9 THE BOX will be there too. FREE.

 

Former WITS Writer Publishes 5th Novel

Posted March 24, 2015 & filed under Event, Fiction, WITS People.

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Need some literary plans this Friday night?  Join us for a fun, witty evening at Brazos Book Store to celebrate the publication of former WITS writer Katherine Center’s novel Happiness for Beginners.
Date:Mar 27th, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Brazos Book Store, 2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77005

WITS Leaders Present at Leadership in the Arts Summit

Posted & filed under Event, News, WITS People.

Join WITS Executive Director Robin Reagler and WITS Board Member Shannon Buggs at the 2015 Leadership in the Arts Summit! Look below for information about how to register for this informative and inspiring event.

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April 6, 2015
Student Center Ballroom
9:30 – 5pm
Registration opens at 8:30am,
program begins at 9:30

Free – registration required

The upcoming Summit focuses on the best practices and ramifications of audience engagement initiatives that move the arts from a transactional exchange to a long-term stewardship model.   With the shifts in demographics, technology, funding streams and an increase in “competition,” many organizations nation-wide are attempting a broader array of tools to engage audiences.  Efforts range from increased artist engagement, marketing efforts, technology-initiatives, and advisory groups and special event programming. These initiatives call for new competencies, new levels of partnership and working outside of comfort zones.

The day will be moderated by Dr. Paul Bonin-Rodriguez who gave the opening keynote at last year’s summit.

The presentations will be livestreamed for an online audience.

Logistics: Directions & Parking – via GoogleMaps.

The 2015 Leadership in the Arts Summit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and the UH Arts initiative with support from the UH Center for Public History Lecture Series and the Houston Endowment.

Double Header Slam Weekend in Houston

Posted March 19, 2015 & filed under Event.

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This weekend young Houston performance poets have a double chance to qualify for the Meta-Four Houston semi-finals.

 

The Mars Slam

Friday, March 20

6 PM at MECA Houston

1900 Kane Street 77007

 

Atlantis Slam

Saturday, March 21

6 pm at Red Rocket

244 West 19th Street 77008

 

Performers should check in 15 minutes before the start time. Competitors between the ages 13-19 are welcome to participate. The events  are FREE, and the public is welcome to attend.

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Orbit Slam at Discovery Green 3/13/15

Posted March 11, 2015 & filed under Event.

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Photo credit: Nasa.gov

 

Orbit Slam at Discovery Green
Date: March 13, 2015
Time: 6 – 7:30pm
Location: 1500 McKinney Houston Texas 77010
Join WITS Friday, March 13 for the ORBIT Slam. Free poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to ages 13-19.

6 – 7:30pm at Discovery Green.

 

Space City Slam Series 2015 Continues with Venus 3/7

Posted March 4, 2015 & filed under Event.

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Each Space City slam ends with three amazing students poets advancing to the semi-finals. The next chance to advance is Venus, which will be held at 2pm Saturday, March 7th, at the Barbara Bush Library (6817 Cypresswood Drive
Spring, TX 77379). Like all Meta-Four Houston events, it is FREE. Young poets, please arrive by 1:45 if you wish to compete.

Meta-Four Houston Wows Crowd at John Lewis Event at Wortham

Posted March 2, 2015 & filed under Event, News.

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WITS Meta-Four students performed civil rights inspired poems at the Wortham Theater on Feb. 8th with Congressman John Lewis. The sold out event celebrated MARCH, the graphic novel based on Congressman Lewis’ memoir chronicling his participation in the civil rights movement. The students received a standing ovation, and at the end of the evening Mayor Annise Parker declared John Lewis Day.This event was sponsored by the Houston Public Library. For more information, click here.

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Calling Houston Youth Poets: Mercury Slam 2/27

Posted February 24, 2015 & filed under Event.

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The Space City Slam Series 2015 continues this week with the Mercury Slam, hosted by KIPP Liberation (5500 MLK Blvd, Houston). Mercury will be held at 6 pm, and young people ages 13-19 are encouraged to participate. No admission fee. Competitors must sign in by 5:45 PM. The top 3 poets from this pre-lim slam will advance to the semi-finals.

Former WITS Writers Read at Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series

Posted February 10, 2015 & filed under Event, Fiction, News, Poem, WITS People.

Don’t miss former WITS writers Lacy, Nancy, Jameelah, and David at the upcoming Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series event on Feb. 17, 4 p.m.
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Here is information about this special series from the Blaffer website:

In both the arts and the sciences, if we do our jobs well, it never leads to a final answer — always to more questions.” — Janet Biggs

The Blaffer Art Museum Innovation Series is the most ambitious lineup of public programs the museum has ever organized around a single exhibition. Janet Biggs: Echo of the Unknown features works inspired by the artist’s memories of the effects of Alzheimer’s on family members. Combining video, sound and objects, this multidimensional exhibition draws on heroic stories of public figures coping with the disease and research conducted with neurologists and geoscientists to raise fundamental questions about how we become—and lose our sense of—who we are.

Designed to amplify the exhibition’s role as a catalyst for cross-disciplinary learning, the series’ lectures, presentations, gallery talks and interactive programs will highlight collaborations across the UH community and beyond.

Please attend “Memory & Identity: Five Writers Talk about the Difficult & Dynamic Relationship Between the Two” with Peter Turchi, author of A Muse & A MazeLacy M. Johnson, author of The Other SideNancy Pearson, author of Two Minutes of LightJameelah Lang, Ph.D candidate, UH Creative Writing Program; & David Stuart MacLean, author of The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia.

Space City Slam Series 2015 Begins Feb. 20th

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

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The Space City Slam Series 2015 will include ten preliminary slams, two semifinals, and the grand slam final across Houston between February and April. At the end of these poetry competitions, we will be left with six young poets who will represent Houston at Brave New Voices International Festival in July. Young people ages 13-19 are eligible, and all events are free.

Poetry for Peace – Saturday 2 pm

Posted January 30, 2015 & filed under Event.

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Reading for Peace
Date: January 31, 2015
Time: 2-3 pm
Location: The Gregory School Library, 1300 Victor Street, Houston, Texas 77019

Join us for inspired performances by WITS students. You will hear pieces that respond to the works in the exhibit, Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence, exploring the relevance of Gandhi and nonviolence to today’s world. This program is co-sponsored by the Houston Public Library and WITS and will take place at the African American Library at Gregory School.

WITS + Menil = Museum Day Extraordinaire

Posted January 28, 2015 & filed under Event.

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This Saturday, January 31st, is Museum Experience Day! Join WITS for free museum tours at the Menil Collection at 12 and 12:30 PM for a fun 30 minute workshop. For more information, click here.

WITS Writers To Read at Rudyard’s

Posted January 21, 2015 & filed under Event, WITS People.

katiecondon2Join us Friday, January 23rd, at Rudyard’s British Pub (2010 Waugh Drive) at 7 PM to clap and cheer for WITS writers Katie Condon and Carlos Hernandez who will join J.S.A. Lowe on stage as part of the Gulf Coast Reading Series.

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University of Houston’s Gulf Coast Journal hosts this reading series to introduce up-and-coming authors to new audiences. To learn more about the Gulf Coast journal, please visit www.gulfcoastmag.org.

Night WrITerS – January 21st at Sparrow

Posted January 15, 2015 & filed under Event.

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Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, January 21st from 6-8 pm, for a free creative writing series for writers and writing hopefuls. With a dynamic youth performance poetry by Meta-Four Houston and an interactive workshop led by a WITS writer, Night WrITers is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause!

A special thanks to Chef Monica Pope and Sparrow Bar + Cookshop for generously providing appetizers! Cash bar. No charge, donations appreciated.

Orbit Slam Returns – Friday, Jan. 9th

Posted January 7, 2015 & filed under Event.

 

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Orbit Slam at Discovery Green

Date: January 9, 2015
Time: 6 – 7:30 pm
Location: 1500 McKinney Houston Texas 77010

 

Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) on Friday, January 9  for the ORBIT Slam. Free poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to students ages 13-19. Workshop and slam 6 – 7:30 pm at Discovery Green. FREE!

Free WITS Workshop at IKEA

Posted December 15, 2014 & filed under Event.

IMG_7495 FREE Workshop at IKEA Date: December 16th, 2014 Time: 5:30pm Location: 7810 Katy Freeway Houston, TX 77024 WITS and IKEA Houston have partnered to bring you FREE student writing workshops this fall! Join us Tuesday, December 16th, 5:30 PM at Ikea Houston in the upstairs cafeteria for an exciting writing workshop open to students grades 2-8. Come early because on Tuesdays kids eat FREE at IKEA!

Orbit Poetry Slam with Pages Matam!

Posted December 8, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event.

 

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Join WITS this Friday, December 12th, for the ORBIT Slam with super-special guest, Pages Matam!. Pages is an award-winning artist, writer, and performance coach who has coached his youth team to #1 at Brave New Voices and his adult team to #1 at the National Poetry Slam. WITS will host a free youth poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to ages 13-19. 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Discovery Green Park (1500 McKinney 77010).

Public Poetry This Saturday

Posted December 4, 2014 & filed under Event.

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The Public Poetry reading series will be held at Central Branch,of the Houston Public Library located downtown. This event will feature poets James Houlihan, Amy King, Michael D. Snediker, and Regina Vigil.

This month’s special WITS student will be 1st grader Rhea Rybka Brennan.