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.
Preliminary slam winners will move to the Semifinal where they will compete to advance to the Space City Grand Slam. The top 6 poets from the Grand Slam will join the Meta-Four Houston team.
- Saturday, March 25th @ 10am and 1pm | MECA Houston
- Sunday, April 2nd @ 3pm | Discovery Green
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 Youth Poetry Sessions.
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.
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.
Congratulations Youth Writing Competition Winners!
This 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 TEDxHouston, TEDxYouth, and on our YouTube channel.
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