April is National Poetry Month, and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will make a special Houston visit on Wednesday, April 19th. Herrera is the son of migrant farmers. He has published 30 books in his illustrious career, and he was named the first Mexican-American U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015. The University of Houston – Downtown will host this performance and discussion in the Robertson Auditorium at 5:30 pm. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.
This Sunday 1/15/17 in over 70 US cities, writers will gather to speak out for equity and justice, as part of a movement called #WritersResist. To represent the Houston community, Houston poets and writers of diverse backgrounds will come together to share messages of peace, democracy, unity, and hope. The diversity of our city, the solidarity among its writers, and the power of the written and spoken word are at the center of these readings.
Houston has planned two events–
1) #WritersResist Houston: “We Too Sing America” – on Jan. 15th, 5 – 8 pm at the Holocaust Museum Houston (5401 Caroline Street). For more information, click here.
2) #WritersResist Houston: “Let Us Gather” – on Jan. 20th, 7-9 pm at St. Paul’s Houston (5501 Main at Binz/Bissonnet 77004)
For more information, click here.
WITS will be represented by Robin Reagler, Outspoken Bean, Deboroah DEEP Mouton, Fareena Arafeen, and several others. Please join us for both of these inspiring free events.
When: Saturday, January 21 at 4 PM – 6 PM
Soapbox Youth Nonfiction Slam
Date: December 3, 2016
Location: Morris Frank Library | 10103 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77035
Join the WITS Youth Advisory Council on Saturday, December 3rd, at 2pm at the Morris Frank Library for the Soapbox Nonfiction Slam. This event is free and open to youth ages 13-19. Bring your most interesting holiday story to share (5 minutes max) and wear your best holiday sweater. Prizes for the best stories!
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
#NaNoWriMo sounds like nonsense, right? But it’s a real thing — November is National Novel Writing Month — and there’s a version of the project retooled especially for young writers and their teachers. You can think of NaNoWriMo as a boot camp to help writers at any level produce a first draft of a novel in 30 days. Participation is free and so much fun. Check out the Young Writers Project.
Join WITS on Saturday, July 9th, 2 pm as the Meta-Four Houston team gives their FREE farewell performance at the Live Oaks Meeting House on 26th Street in the Heights before jetting off to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Brave New Voices International Festival. Meta-Four Houston recently won first place in the state of Texas. Come check out these talented poets!
Location: 1318 W 26th St Houston, TX 77008
Spend an evening with WITS on Thursday, June 2nd, 6-10pm for Mid Main’s First Thursday event. There will be live music, performances, art shows, tasty drinks and appetizer specials. A $5 donation will give guests access to the Art Garden and drinks from Topo Chico, St. Arnold, and Deep Eddy. Proceeds will benefit WITS and help us bring the WITS creative writing program to more Houston children!
Location: 3700 Main Street 77002
Mutablis Press is celebrating a new anthology of poems about the nature of Houston. The book, edited by Sandi Stromberg, is called Untameable City. Current WITS writers Maryann Gremillion and Sara Cooper are published in it, as well as former WITSers Sarah Cortez, Robin Davidson, Dede Fox, Angélique Jamail, Rebecca Spears, and Randall Watson.
The book launch is Friday, December 11th from 6-9 p.m. at the Jung Center. Reading begins at 6:30.
Slam 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.
Join us on October 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 young people, including applicants to the Houston Youth Poet Laureate program. Join us 9/18 or 9/24.
Location: Writers in the Schools Office, 1523 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
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!
Join 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.
Location: 924 Congress Houston, TX 77002
Converse is an outspoken and comedic interactive theatrical experience based on the life of Emanuellee “Outspoken” Bean, WITS Project Coordinator and Coach of the Meta-Four Houston slam poetry team.
The show is free and will be held on September 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 8:00 p.m. at Dean’s Downtown 316 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. Come out and converse with Bean!
WITS Writer Andrew Karnavas has a secret life. Shhhhhhhhh.
He will be doing a Kid’s Variety Show on the 2nd Saturday of each month this summer at Phoenicia. You can attend his show and then move on the the free WITS Writing workshop at Discovery Green at 10:30.
Here’s more information from the Andrew’s (Any Roo’s) website:
MKT BAR at Phoenicia Specialty Foods Downtown is hosting a FREE summer series for kids! The first-ever MKT BAR Saturday Morning Kid’s Variety Show will be geared toward children ages 4 and up (and the young at heart), and will take place every second Saturday this summer: June 13, July 11 and August 8 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
This family-friendly series, sponsored by Sessions Music with a portion of proceeds benefiting Artbridge Houston, will feature live music, magic and more from local children’s musician AndyRoo & the AndyRooniverse—who takes audiences on an adventure through the AndyRooniverse—and Houston-based magician David Rangel. There will also be special guest performances that aren’t just for kids—they’re by kids. Other activities will include crafts, coloring, drawing, creative writing and YUMMY! cookie decorating.
Attendees who pre-register will receive a free goody bag filled with YUMMY! treats, and door prizes will be provided courtesy of Children’s Museum of Houston. Refreshments such as breakfast bites, coffee, tea, juices and soft drinks will be available for purchase.
Admission is FREE with advance registration at AndyRoo.eventbrite.com, and free customer parking is available in the One Park Place garage on a first-come, first-served basis. **PLEASE NOTE** Joining this event does not guarantee entry. You must register for entry and the goody bag on Eventbrite.
The series is generously sponsored by Sessions Music, a revolutionary, new concept dedicated to helping people of all ages and skill levels achieve their modern and classical music dreams. Through an emphasis on individualized curriculum, performance opportunities, and state-of-the-art technology, Sessions Music provides a novel and superior approach to music education at three conveniently located music studios in the Houston area.