Spring Break with WITS

Posted March 9, 2018 & filed under free Houston event, News, Public Poetry.

This Spring Break, join WITS as we offer fun and innovative programming throughout the week!


Writing Workshops at Spring Break at Discovery Green

  • Monday, March 12 – Thursday, March 15 | 2pm-3pm
  • HPL Express
  • Free


Writing Workshop at Let’s Be Friends

  • Monday, March 12 | 10am-12pm
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Free with admission


WITS Youth Advisory Council’s Story Slam

  • Thursday, March 15 | 6pm-7pm
  • Brazos Bookstore
  • Free


Young Poet Laureate, Rukmini Kalamangalam, at Inprint Cool Brains! Spring Break Fest with Juan Felipe Herrera

  • Sunday, March 18 | 2pm-5pm
  • Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School
  • Free

Spend Saturday mornings with WITS at Discovery Green!

Posted January 19, 2018 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook, Student Writing, WITS People.

With fun and interactive writing activities to spark the imagination, the Young Writers Workshop helps children develop their language and creativity skills. Each workshop features two WITS writers. Each participant receives one-on-one interaction and feedback.

Held Saturdays at the Houston Public Library Express location at Discovery Green from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, the workshop is FREE. Space is first-come, first serve and limited to the first 25 students.


Meet the WITS Writers


Dottie Price taught for more than thirty years and was a literacy coach in the Houston Independent School District. She is ESL and GT certified, with extensive training and experience in writers and readers workshop and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. Dottie created the Elders Songwriting Project, a 20- year collaboration between elementary school students and retirement home residents in which students have written 246 tribute songs for Elder interviewees. She enjoys writing songs, as well as articles that share stories and ideas from the classroom and beyond.


James Hershberger is an award-winning writer, comedian, musician, slam poet, and actor. He graduated with honors from Texas Tech University with degrees in Creative Writing and Political Science. He has performed live all over the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia. In 2013, he was a member of the Houston V.I.P. Slam Team, winning 2nd place in Group Piece Finals at the National Poetry Slam in Boston. James is a volunteer teacher of a weekly creative writing workshop for the homeless.


K.C. Sinclair is a fellow in Fiction and Screenwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Her short works have appeared in the Texas Observer and the New Guard Literary Journal. She has been a finalist for the Master’s Review New Writers’ Competition, the Glimmer Train New Fiction Prize, and New Letter’s Short Story Award. Before her MFA, she was an elementary school teacher and vice principal for ten years. She left that beloved career to pursue a lifelong dream to write. Now, she lives in a Mont Belvieu with her husband, adorable dog, and self-absorbed kitty, and is working on a novel set in Houston about a group of four friends who have dreams of becoming astronauts. K.C. also teaches writing at Lee College in Baytown.

Analicia Sotelo’s Houston Reading 5/27/17

Posted May 25, 2017 & filed under Event, free Houston event, News, WITS People.

WITS Communications Strategist Analicia Sotelo will read from her new chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, on Friday 7pm at Brazos Bookstore. She will be joined by WITS Board Member Roberto Tejada and WITS Writer Beth Lyons. Nonstop Godhead recently won a fellowship award from the Poetry Society of America. It was selected by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Sotelo’s first full-length book, Virgin, will be published by Milkweed Editions in 2018. It is the winner of the Inaugural Jake Adam York Prize.

U.S. Poet Laureate To Visit Houston

Posted April 17, 2017 & filed under Event, free Houston event, News, Public Poetry.

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.



Writers Promoting Peace, Democracy, Unity, and Hope

Posted January 13, 2017 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook, Poem.

15622540_1259547307447195_5086618294382902961_nThis 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.

Soapbox Youth Nonfiction Slam

Posted December 1, 2016 & filed under Contest, Event, free Houston event, News, Student Writing.

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Date: December 3, 2016
Time: 2pm
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 soapboxslamstories@gmail.com


Happy National Novel Writing Month!

Posted November 1, 2016 & filed under Contest, Event, free Houston event, News, Notebook, Student Writing.


#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.

Send-Off for Meta-Four Team!

Posted July 8, 2016 & filed under Event, free Houston event, News, Student Writing, WITS People.


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!

Date: July 9, 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: 1318 W 26th St Houston, TX 77008



Mid-Main Festival Proceeds to Benefit WITS

Posted May 24, 2016 & filed under Event, free Houston event, News, WITS People.


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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

Cost: FREE


Los Trompos Performance by Meta-Four Houston

Posted March 8, 2016 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: 1500 McKinney St.

Join us Friday, March 11th, 6pm for a special Orbit Slam event at the Los Trompos installation at Discovery Green. There will be a DJ, performances by Meta-Four Houston and special guest Desiree Dallagiacomo taking place inside Los Trompos (spinning tops), a beautiful, colorful interactive installation.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration required.

Book Launch on December 11th – Untameable City

Posted December 8, 2015 & filed under free Houston event, Notebook, WITS People.

florek__untameable_city_at_sunsetMutablis 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.

Nicola Parente Opening on Friday

Posted December 1, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, WITS People.

Join us at Nicola Parente’s artist reception this Friday! We are so excited that Nicola, a longtime WITS supporter and collaborator, will be showing his spectacular paintings in a one-man show.  Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX  is hosting an opening for WITS Artist Nicola Parente on Friday, December 4th at 6 pm. This solo show, No Color Without Light, will be on display at The Annex through January 30th.
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Meta-Four Slam Poet to Open Show!

Posted September 29, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

mohja-kahfSlam 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.

Meta-Four to Perform at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening

Posted September 16, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.

Join us on unnamedOctober 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 Houston Youth

Posted September 15, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

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FREE resume writing workshops for young people, including applicants to the Houston Youth Poet Laureate program. Join us 9/18 or 9/24.

Date: September 18, 2015
Time: 5pm
Location: Writers in the Schools Office, 1523 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
Date: September 24, 2015
Time: 5pm
Location: HPL Smith Neighborhood Library, 3624 Scott St, 77004

Applying to be the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate? Writers in the Schools and the Houston Public Library have teamed up to offer two free resume writing workshops for youth this fall: Friday, September 18, 5pm at WITS (1523 W Main) and Thursday, September 24, 5pm at the Smith Neighborhood Library (3624 Scott St). Participants will learn skills to help them prepare a resume to support their application. Please visit witshouston.org/poet-laureate for more details. Space is limited.

To register please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resume-writing-workshop-tickets-18352707442

or http://www.eventbrite.com/e/resume-writing-workshop-tickets-18352195912


100 Thousand Poets for Change at University of Houston-Downtown

Posted September 4, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.


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!