WITS has partnered with local artists and organizations to transform trees into “poet-trees” in Houston during National Poetry Month. Trees are located at Buffalo Bayou Park.
The public is invited to write poems, quotes, and wishes on tags and hang them on the trees for others to read.
Visitors are also encouraged to snap a pic of their poem on the tree and add the hashtag #poettree. Last year, this installation at Buffalo Bayou drew more than 250,000 visitors.


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Share your poetry in a Poet-Tree

You too can share your poems, thoughts, or wishes by writing them on tags and hanging them on the poet-trees throughout the city.

Artist Curated Trees

Select trees were curated by Houston artists Nicola Parente and Anthony Suber.

  • Nicola Parente

    Nicola creates expressive abstract paintings and photography from his studio in Houston and had served as a longtime visiting artist in school classrooms with WITS. Born in Italy, he draws from his rich Italian heritage and a deep well of cross-cultural experiences to bring his art to life.

    Working in a variety of media, he engages the viewer in dialogues of human encounter within the urban environment. Inspired by changes in metropolitan communities, his art defines the intersections of daily urban life and timeless multi-cultural celebration. His paintings capture the fluidity and static elements of the urban matrix, referencing the architectonic images, reflections, and rhythms of its landscape. (nicolaparente.com)

  • Anthony Suber

    Painter, sculptor, and educator, Anthony Suber is a Texas native and graduate of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and the University of Houston.

    Suber’s work focuses on historical references, spirituality and the contemporary African American experience through the lens of his personal experiences of religion and social relationships in a post-modern society.
    Channeling his love for history and art historical reference, Suber works primarily with emblematic connections, chronological references and narrative “stills”. In doing so Suber seeks to capture a part of the human experience that allows the viewer to participate in the compositional construct. (anthonysuber.weebly.com)

Poet-Tree Partners

Special thanks to the artists and Buffalo Bayou Park.

DIY Poet-trees

Want to create your own DIY poet-tree? Submit a poet-tree request form to WITS. Once your project is approved, we’ll send you a dropbox folder of resources, including a step-by-step guide, checklist of materials, and files to create your own poet-tree tags and signage. Questions? Email poettree@witshouston.org.