Space City Grand Slam – April 2nd, 2017


Congrats to the top 6 young performance poets who made the Meta-Four Houston team and will go on to represent Houston at the international youth slam competition, Brave New Voices, in San Francisco in July:

Jackson N. – Austin High School
Donald V. – Sharpstown High School
Ashlyn S. – Humble High School
Sebastian K. – Heights High School
Adam M. – Humble High School
Jordan R. – Cypress Lakes High School

Special thanks to our supporters: the Travelers Foundation (Travelers Insurance), the charitable arm of Travelers, and KBXX 97.9 The Box.

Youth Poetry Sessions @ Levy Park

A new monthly workshop for students (ages 13-19) will be held the first Friday of every month at Levy Park, 3801 Eastside, Houston, Tx 77098, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. For an hour and a half, young writers will craft original poems, meet other young writers, and work with professional performance poets to explore their creative voices.

No registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome.



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Youth Advisory Council

DSC_0068Youth 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. 

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Congratulations Youth Writing Competition Winners!

becThis year’s winner is Fareena Arefeen! She comes from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Her poem “For My Father// For My Father’s Son” will be featured in our zine, and she will receive a special prize package crafted by this year’s Youth Advisory Council and sponsored by Brazos Book Store. We also want to recognize our two honorable mentions, Iris Ayala and Eka Savajol, for their outstanding poems. Congratulations to Fareena, Iris, and Eka, and thank you to all of you who applied!

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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