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



Visual Poetry Exhibition Featuring WITS Students on Display

Posted July 6, 2016 & filed under Event, News, Notebook, Poem, Press, Student Writing.


The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Graphic Design Research Initiative (GDRI) and Writers in the Schools (WITS) recently collaborated on a special project that featured WITS students and University of Houston graphic design students.  The GDRI students turned the children’s poems into graphic designs, using inspiration from various fields, including concrete poetry, expressive typography, and Dadaism. The visual poetry exhibition is currently on display in Houston’s City Hall Annex. Click here to read about this innovative project.


Posted July 5, 2016 & filed under Fiction, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

The mast shakes.

The sail is taut and motionless.

As the wind howls, people yell.

I’m hit in the face with icy sea water. People go down and get back up.

I look over the edge of the ship and see something tap.

I look up and hope to god I’m not the only one that sees it:

a giant blue eye looking down in wonder.

By Max, 8th Grade

Houston Writing Contest for Teens

Posted June 23, 2016 & filed under Contest, Student Writing.


The Houston Public Library is hosting its 1st Teen Writing Contest! Here’s how it’s described on their site:

Channel your imagination into an original short story or poem for a chance to win some amazing prizes.

Subjects for your short story or poem are limited only by your imagination. Entries will be judged on originality, use of language and technical skill. You can submit to both categories – short story and poetry.

Click here for more information.

Soapbox Non-fiction Slam

Posted June 21, 2016 & filed under Contest, Student Writing.

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Join us on Thursday, July 7th at Brazos Bookstore from 6-8pm for the Soapbox Non-Fiction slam hosted by the WITS Youth Advisory Council. Students ages 13-19 are invited to bring their best non-fiction story (under 5 minutes) on the theme of growing up. There are a total of 15 spots available on a first come first served basis. Special guest Robin Davidson, Houston Poet Laureate, will be one of the judges!

Entry is free!


RSVP/ Questions:

Love Poem for a Cloud

Posted May 20, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

In the morning when the sun rises I imagine you

as someone I love who has passed away.

My eyes hunt for you when I am sad or mad.

I cherish your lovely whiteness.

You make my eyes water with happiness.

I adore your fluffiness that is softer than a dog.

Nothing will separate us, not even the wind that howls.

Our love is stronger than a lollipop.

I cherish you like a dog who cuddles with me.

In the evening I look up into the dark sky to find you.

I wait to read you a book.

By Kennedy, 2nd Grade

I Love Black

Posted May 17, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.


Black is the night sky while you are sleeping.

Black is the sound of a crow chirping through the day.

Black smells like shoes on your feet.

Black feels spiky and hard, like a dinosaur’s spikes.

Black tastes like steak that was burned in the oven.

Black goes outside and jumps on a black horse.


by Drake, 3rd grade

Poetry Contest | Bayou Preservation Association

Posted April 13, 2016 & filed under Contest, News, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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Middle and high school students from the surrounding Houston area are invited to participate in the 2016 Watershed Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Our Bayous, Our Pollution. Houston- area bayous and waterways lead to Galveston Bay in turn affecting the Gulf of Mexico and its Flower Garden Banks. Help raise awareness about our local watershed and bring attention to the importance of the health of our local waterways, bayous and our bay! We challenge you to research, explore, interpret and say something meaningful about the connections between human activity and the health of our bayous and ocean through art or shape poetry.

Download the complete contest details here >>

Happy writing!


Posted March 16, 2016 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

leaf-65835_1280If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on my tongue

so the words were always moving in my mouth

If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on the clouds

so that people would look up into the sky more

If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on a leaf

so my words would float off into the wind

By Crissy, 4th Grade

Love Poem for a Tree

Posted February 23, 2016 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

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Love Poem for a Tree

(Inspired by Pablo Neruda)

By Ms. Siegel’s Class

In the morning your branches wave in the wind.

My eyes hunt for your beauty–you’re something no one has ever noticed.

I cherish your gorgeous trunk that reaches to the clouds.

I adore your green leaves that sway in the sky.

Nothing will separate us, not a wall of stone or a strong hurricane.

Our love is fiercer than an army at war.

I will never leave behind your rough bark.

I will treasure you more than gold and emeralds and iPads.

In the evening when I walk by, you will smile at me, and I will hug you.

Young Authors Wanting to Publish

Posted December 17, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Student Writing.


Winter break is a great time to revise and edit your creative work. If you want a wider audience, you might consider submitting your best work for publication. New Pages has a resource guide for young authors that include journals that publish youth and contests also. Check it out!



Pass Me a Napkin

Posted September 28, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

heart-742712_1280Hey, you hurt my feelings

Now I’ve got a mustard stain

on my heart

Well, pass me a napkin

Let’s wipe this clean and

start over again

By J. J., 4th Grade

Ode to an Egg

Posted September 23, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

eggs-918437_1280I adore you, egg

Oval perfection

Heavy in the hand, like gold

You shine like the moon

Inside, a secret

Yellow and white

You are fabulous, dear egg

By Winnie, 4th Grade


On the Other Side of the Earth

Posted August 19, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

football-390945_1280On the other side of the earth

do kids eat different foods

and play different games?

Do they take a bus to school?

Do they listen to rap music?

Are their parents strict like mine?

Do they ever go to bed hungry?

Do they ever hear gunshots?

It would be fun to go to the other

side of the earth and play soccer.

By Robert, 4th Grade



Hair Hair Everywhere

Posted August 12, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.


I wear my hair in a braid so it

stays out of my way

My mom’s hair is black like the night

and it goes way down her back


My dad’s hair is short like beavers

cut it with their teeth

My brother’s hair sticks straight up

like knives

By Katrina, 3rd Grade

My Poem

Posted August 6, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

beach-323454_1280I want big muscles like my mom’s

She is so strong

I want a kind heart like my dad’s

He is so nice

By Stuart, 2nd Grade


Posted July 29, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

water-103817_1280Blue like shimmering water

Blue like my friend’s eyes

Blue like berries in summer

Blue like a robin’s egg

Blue like forever

By Mercy, 3rd Grade


Posted July 28, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

swim-811197_1280I feel alive when I am in the water

swimming strong like a fish

I feel alive when I play the piano

my fingers flying across the keys

I feel alive when I’m laughing

with my mom in the kitchen

I feel alive when I’m happy

doing what I love

By Jennifer, 4th Grade