Texas Youth Poetry Slam

Posted July 1, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event.

Date: July 5, 2014
Location: MECA, 1900 Kane St. Houston, TX 77007

Mic Check presents the 4th Annual Texas Youth Poetry Slam on July 5, 2014, at MECA arts center in Houston. The top youth poetry slam teams from around the state of Texas will compete for the title of Texas Youth Poetry Slam Champ. Participating teams will include Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Laredo. Watch the competition and participate in the free writing workshops hosted by award winning Texas poets.

Schedule:

12:00PM Lunch
1:00-2:00 Workshops.
2:30 Slam

The Five-Headed Snake

Posted June 30, 2014 & filed under Event.

I see a coiled snake floating in an ocean of milk.
I hear the blowing of the conch.
I touch a pink flower with green leaves.
I taste the snow,
and it feels cold.
I smell flowers under the sea.

Group Poem by children attending a WITS workshop at Asia Society Texas Center.

The art is Lord Vishnu by Manjari Sharma, part of the Transcendent Deities exhibit.

Let the Celebrations Begin!

Posted June 25, 2014 & filed under Event.

Across Houston 1,300 young writers have devoted the first part of their summer to creative writing. In the Creative Writing Camps sponsored by WITS and Rice Literacy, students have brainstormed, written, edited, and revised. On Thursday and Friday it’s show time! These young authors will perform plays and share stories and poems with parents and friends.They might look like ordinary children, but when they take the stage they become pirates, dragons, genies, and princesses. Lights, camera, action!

Writing as Passage to India

Posted June 17, 2014 & filed under Event.

With superheroes and mythology all the rage, the Indian Deity exhibit at the Asia Society is the perfect summer outing for Houston families. On June 21st, Writers in the Schools will offer a writing workshop at Asia Society Texas Center (1370 Southmore Blvd. 77004) focusing on its current exhibition, Transcendent Deities of India: Everyday Occurrence of the Divine. Gayatri Parikh will lead a fun family workshop for all ages.

This event is free for Asia Society members, $5 for nonmembers. Click here for more information.

Paula Poundstone VIP Ticket Auction Benefiting WITS

Posted June 11, 2014 & filed under Event, News, Notebook.

Comedy Portrait Session With Paula Poundstone At The Ice House Comedy Club

WITS is auctioning off 2 pit tickets to the Paula Poundstone comedy show on June 27th plus invitations to the VIP after party! Tickets in the pit section are officially SOLD OUT, and we have the last 2! Proceeds from this sale will help us send our performance poetry team, Meta-Four Houston, to the Brave New Voices International Festival and Competition in Philadelphia this July. Place your bid today!

Southwest Shootout 2014

Posted June 10, 2014 & filed under Event.

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Who’s the BEST in the Southwest? Find out June 12-15 in Houston, Texas. Southwest Shootout. Meta-Four Houston will be competing against the big guys. Buy your tickets before they sell out!

 

Public Poetry This Saturday

Posted June 6, 2014 & filed under Event.

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This Saturday Public Poetry presents four poets – Carolyn Adams, Bradley Earle Hoge, Amy King, and Michael D. Snediker – along with talented WITS student, Rohan Gupta.

Birthday Celebration to Benefit Meta-4 Houston

Posted May 20, 2014 & filed under Event.

image Kick off the holiday weekend with some fun that will enable Meta-Four Houston to compete in the International Brave New Voices Festival in Philadelphia in July. Donations in honor of Sara Speer Selber, Carliss Chatman, and Outspoken Bean are welcome. A percentage of sales at Beaver’s will also support this great program. If you are unable to attend, feel free to give to the cause by clicking here!

Meet the Creator of Babymouse!

Posted May 14, 2014 & filed under Event.

14-cbc-contest-anchor The Houston Public Library will host Books Alive! 5th Annual Children’s Book Celebration this Saturday. If you like Babymouse, you can see the play, meet the author and have a lot of fun. Here is the complete write-up from HPL:

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy all the fun and exciting activities scheduled for the Houston Public Library’s Books Alive! 5th Annual Children’s Book Celebration. The Children’s Book Celebration kicks off with a full day of exciting performances, hands-on arts and crafts activities, and special appearances. The highlight of the celebration is the appearance of Jennifer Holm, the author and illustrator of the Babymouse graphic novel series.

12:15 – 2:15 PM | Program Place – 4th Floor Original Babymouse performance by Main Street Theater, followed by author talk and book signing with Jennifer L. Holm! Jennifer L. Holm is a New York Times bestselling children’s author and the recipient of three Newbery Honors for her novels Our Only May AmeliaPenny from Heaven, and Turtle in Paradise. Jennifer collaborates with her brother, Matthew Holm, on the popular Babymouse and Squish series of graphic novels.

1:30 – 4:30 PM | 1st Floor Gallery and Plaza Have fun throughout the day with Anchor Entertainment’s Mobile Flipbook Studio, Balloon Art, Crafts, Popcorn Buffet, Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Discovery Dome, Mad Science of Houston, and CJH BakeLab.

3:30 – 4:15 PM | Plaza Tom’s Fun Band

Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 12:15 PM – 4:30 PM Central Library | 500 McKinney, 77002

Meta-Four Will Perform at The Dream @ 50

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85058_thedream50Meta-Four Houston will perform a Martin Luther King inspired piece to open The Dream@50 Dance Program this weekend. This free event will take place at 2 pm Sunday afternoon at Discovery Green. It is part of a global celebration of the 50th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Find out more here.

 

Night WrITerS Rides Again – May 14th

Posted May 8, 2014 & filed under Event.

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Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, May 14th at 6PM. With youth performance poetry by Meta-Four Houston and a FREE adult writing workshop with world renowned poet, Outspoken Bean, Night WrITerS is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause!

Wednesday, May 14, 6-8 PM
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop
3701 Travis St  Houston, TX 77002 (Map).
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Post Poetry-Month Thankfulness

Posted May 1, 2014 & filed under Event, News.

Thank you for celebrating National Poetry Month with Writers in the Schools. It has been a huge month for WITS and for poetry in Houston. We have just concluded our first poetry contest in partnership with KPRC Local 2 and our two winners will read their poems to air for Mother’s Day. GONZO247 created a stunning visual of a WITS student’s poem, downtown at GreenStreet, and it was completed on Earth Day. An editorial in praise of National Poetry Month by our executive director, Robin Reagler, was published in the Sunday Houston Chronicle.

If you enjoyed reading poems by WITS students during National Poetry Month, here are some options for staying in the WITS loop throughout the year:

May creativity spur you onward each and every day. Happy May!

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We would like to thank H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and Texas Commission on the Arts for sponsoring Poem a Day. A very special thanks goes to KPFT  90.1 FMJohnston Middle School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Principal Wenden Sanders, his students, and teachers, and producer Susan Phillips for producing and featuring the poems on the radio each weekday.

Young Writers Reading at Menil Fest on Saturday

Posted April 29, 2014 & filed under Event, News.

60 of the finest young writers in Houston will share their original stories and poems at Menil Fest this Saturday at 12 noon. Writers in the Schools (WITS) will host the annual Young Writers Reading at the Menil Collection on May 3, 2014. The event is free, and the public is welcome.

Congratulations to our Poetry Contest Winners

Posted April 25, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event, News.

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Thank you to everyone who participated in the WITS + KPRC Local 2 Wax Poetic about Mom 2014 poetry contest. We had nearly 100 entries via facebook and email! We are happy to announce the judge’s choice as well as the people’s choice award winners.

Congratulations to our judge’s choice winner Maddox for his poem “Guardian of Kids” and the people’s choice winner Lauren for her poem “Mommy”.

Make sure you tune in to KPRC Local 2 on Sunday, May 11 to hear these poems on-air! And don’t forget to attend Menil Fest Saturday, May 3rd at 12pm where you can see the winners read live at our Young Writers Reading.

Guardian of Kids
My mom is the ferocious dragon
Defending her egg on the lake.
My mom is the queen of nature
And defender of homes.
She always lets me have
The last piece of food at the dining table.
My mom is the chef of all sweets in the world.
She is the gatekeeper of perfume land.
When I am sick, the bridge to heaven
Opens when she walks through the door.
When I yell for help
She is like a gust of wind ready to aid me.
Whoosh!
by Maddox, 4th grade
Mommy
Most elegant of the family
Honest with people
Most unique in the world
Most secure woman I know
You’re beautiful
by Lauren, 2nd grade

Space City Grand Slam This Saturday

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The spoken word event of the season takes place this Saturday at Discovery Green at 6:30 pm. The 21 top youth poets of Houston will compete for the 6 spots on the Meta-Four Houston team. Come out for the best in slam poetry. DJ Baby Roo will spin for the evening. The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee will announce the winners and award the trophies.

Bringing Poetry to Life in Downtown Houston

Posted April 21, 2014 & filed under Event, News, Notebook.

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Writers in the Schools and GreenStreet have partnered to bring poetry to life in downtown Houston. GONZO247 has created a spectacular new mural using a poem by a WITS-Houston student. Join us on April 22nd at GreenStreet (1201 Main Street) from 12-1 PM for the unveiling of this work of art and for pop-up poetry performances and the chance to meet some of our city’s most talented young writers. There will be a photo booth, and The Golden Grill food will also be parked by the performance.