MANY VOICES | ONE HOUSTON
Writers in the Schools Gala 2017
Thursday, November 9th | The Astorian
HONORARY CHAIR MARCIA NICHOLS | CELEBRATION CHAIR SARA SPEER SELBER
Join WITS and Houston’s Poet Laureate this November for the WITS Gala at The Astorian. We will introduce Houston’s next Youth Poet Laureate, celebrate student stories, hear poetry performances, and enjoy a fun, creative auction. Event proceeds are instrumental in helping WITS reach more underserved children, grow new innovative programs, expand the teen slam poetry movement, and coach teachers.
HONORING THE LEECH FAMILY
Perryn, Caroline, Jemma, Rory, and Kirsty
We will honor The Leech Family with the Free to Be Award. The Leeches moved to Houston from the United Kingdom to help storytelling shine at the Houston Grand Opera, where Perryn Leech serves as Managing Director. Houston Grand Opera and WITS are powerful partners, showcasing the voices of Houston through opera, poetry, and innovative forms such as spoken word and game-based learning. Caroline Leech, is a published author of young adult fiction. Their children have been WITS students for more than a decade. The oldest child is an award-winning poet and essayist despite immobility. This family passionately promotes creativity, storytelling, and the written word.