Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

6pm | The Astorian

Join Writers in the Schools for the 10th anniversary gala, The Illuminated Forest, held at The Astorian. We will announce Houston’s newest Youth Poet Laureate and celebrate powerful student stories. Event proceeds help WITS reach more underserved children, grow new innovative programs, expand the teen poetry movement, and support teachers.



Honoring Drs. Melanie J. Malinowski and Andy D. Cunningham

Melanie Malinowski has taught at WITS since 2000 in elementary, middle and high schools as well as M.D. Anderson and Texas Children’s Hospital in the Renal Dialysis Unit. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston, where she was a recipient of a C. Glenn Cambor Fiction Award. She also holds an M.A. in English from the University of New Mexico, where she was awarded a D.H. Lawrence Fellowship. Andy Cunningham holds a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics from Rice University, where he was awarded the Leroy Caleb Gibbon Award. Andy is the VP of Unconventional Reservoirs Technology at BP. Melanie and Andy have been long-time advocates of WITS and live in Houston with their daughter, Echo Mariposa.


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