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!
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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.
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!
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!
Three of our nine summer camps started today!
Space is extremely limited. Check out our site for more information.
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.
Okay, Houston, mark your calendars for June 12-14 because Houston VIP is hosting the Southwest Shootout. You can decide who are the best poets in the whole southwest. 25 teams — including Meta-Four Houston — will battle it out. Click here for more information.
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!
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 Amelia, Penny 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 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.
Thanks to KPRC TV Channel 2 for airing not one but BOTH of the winning poets this Sunday morning. Both Maddox and Lauren got to read their poems for their moms on Mother’s Day. What a memorable gift! Here are both segments, just in case you missed them.
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!
The 2014 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers has extended the registration deadline to Friday, May 9, at midnight. Don’t miss the chance to study fiction, nonfiction or poetry with a fantastic faculty and to work with the 2014 Visiting Writers: Amber Dermont, David MacLean and Franke Varca. Find out more about this Houston event by clicking here.
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:
- Like or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- Subscribe to the WITS blog or join our mailing list.
- Send your children to our Creative Writing Camp this summer.
- Support young authors as they share original work at the Young Writers Reading at the MenilFest on Saturday, May 3rd, at 12 PM.
- Make a donation and keep the Writers in the Schools programs reaching as many Houston children as possible!
May creativity spur you onward each and every day. Happy May!
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 FM, Johnston 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.
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.
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.
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.
Honest with people
Most unique in the world
Most secure woman I know
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.
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.
Three former WITS Writers will read from newly published books in celebration of National Poetry Month at the Houston Public Library (Downtown – 500 McKinney St.). Come hear new work by Mike Alexander, Robin Davidson, and Peter Hyland this Saturday, April 19, at 2 pm. Emceeing the event will be current WITS Executive Director, Robin Reagler.
What: Pluto/Wild Card Preliminary Poetry Slam
When: 7 pm Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Where: Ensemble Theatre Houston
Why: Last chance to join the Meta-Four Houston 2014 team
Who: Youth ages 13-19