MANY VOICES | ONE HOUSTON
Writers in the Schools Gala 2017
Thursday, November 9th | 6pm | 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 Many Voices | One Houston award. Perryn Leech serves as Managing Director for the Houston Grand Opera. HGO 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 an author whose young adult debut, Wait For Me, was published by Harper Teen earlier this year. Her second novel, In Another Time, will be out next spring. The Leech children, Jemma, Kirsty and Rory, are high school students at Lamar HS and HSPVA, and have been WITS students for more than a decade. The oldest, Jemma, has cerebral palsy, and is an award-winning poet and essayist who has garnered national attention. Together, the Leech family passionately promotes creativity, storytelling, and the written word, and is a powerful creative force in Houston.