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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 SundayHouston 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:
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.
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.
by Maddox, 4th grade
Most elegant of the family
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.