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Meta-Four Houston Youth Slam Team

#1 youth poetry slam team in Texas!

Meta-Four is the face of the youth poetry slam scene, representing Houston to the world at the international Brave New Voices festival. Each year hundreds of teens from across Houston come together at the Space City Slam Series, vying for a spot on the Meta-Four team. This opportunity transforms lives, builds community, elevates writing, and takes the voices of youth to powerful heights. Check them out at TEDxHoustonTEDxYouth, and on our YouTube channel.
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  • Space City Slam Series— Are you a poet or rapper? Compete this January in our preliminary poetry slams that are free, accessible, and open to youth ages 13-19. Poets share 1-2 poems in a supportive slam competition, judged on writing, originality, and delivery. Winners advance to semifinals with the top poets heading to the Space City Grand Slam on stage at Discovery Green, where the Meta-Four Houston team is born. Past team members have gone on to receive college scholarships, internships, and to become creative forces in the Houston poetry scene.

Youth Advisory Council

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) creates a space for young literary minds to come together and develop as community leaders, with student led initiative as the young people take the driver seat in their communities. In its first year, YAC launched “The Flood Zone,” Zine, a summer writing competition, and WITS’ first Story Slam. All of these projects were created, designed and produced by members of YAC. WITS provides an avenue, you decide what you’re building on that street. This school year the youth will continue to drive the future of what they want to see available for themselves and their peers. 

bec2016 Youth Poetry Competition

The WITS Youth Advisory Council is hosting its first annual Youth Poetry Competition. Applicants must be between the ages of 13-19 and reside in the Greater Houston Area. Please submit one poem not to exceed 150 lines and typed in Times New Roman or Arial size 12 font.

Prizes include published poem in “The Flood Zone” Zine and a YAC Gift Pack!

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*At this time, only submissions in English are being considered.


Interested in joining the 2017 Youth Advisory Council?

WITS is now accepting applications! If you are a youth age 13-19 and you want to be a leader in the Houston literary movement, apply today! Applications are due Thursday, December 1st.

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Youth Poetry Sessions

Free writing and performance workshop series Friday nights at 6:30pm for youth ages 13-19. If you’re looking to hone your skills, meet other young writers and work with professional performance poets- come by our Orbit Workshops. 



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