Sadness

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When sadness comes to you as an aqua mermaid you must put her in your bathtub. Give her homemade stew but don’t add jalapeno— she will mourn over spice. Ah! Dessert for her, of course. Lemon cake with rainbow sprinkles! Oh, that would make her day! Then give her your bed, and sleep on the… Read more »

Ode to a Lime

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Gleaming in the sunlight, wicked green, rocks like a boat when sliced. Slice it! Now it looks like the Grinch, smells like a Warhead. Juicy. Eat it if you dare. It will give you a sour face. Delicious for me, but for you, maybe not. Transparent like a window. If I hide behind it, you… Read more »

Congrats to the Space City Grand Slam Winners

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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… Read more »

3 Ways You Can Celebrate #NationalPoetryMonth with WITS

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April is National Poetry Month, and to say we’re excited is an understatement. This year’s celebration is bigger and better than ever. Not only are students, teachers, librarians, bloggers, and poets around the country highlighting the powerful legacy of verse, but WITS is providing 3 amazing ways you can get involved. #1 Visit the Poet-trees at Buffalo… Read more »

Teen Publishing Opportunity

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Do you know a teen between the ages of 13-19 who wants to be a published writer? Check out Word on the Street / La Voz de Los Jovenes: a new online magazine of writing and the arts, created by the youth, for youth. Created, visioned, and led by a core squad of youth of… Read more »

Free Youth Poetry Sessions at Levy Park

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Spring is in the air and so is our new performance workshop for youth ages 13-19! Starting today, we’re hosting a FREE workshop and open mic every first Friday of the month at the new Levy Park Conservancy. Join us from 7 – 8:30 p.m. No registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome. Learn more here. Want updates… Read more »

WITS Shout Out! Kashmere High School Presents to Microsoft

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Congrats to our WITS Digital students from Kashmere High School! Earlier this month, they competed at the HISD Together with Tech conference alongside 44 other student teams. The conference was created by HISD to explore the impact that technology has made in the classroom, specifically through their initiative, PowerUp, which brought a laptop to every… Read more »

WITS Alliance Visits D.C.

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Each year, the WITS Alliance heads to a different city to attend the AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) #AWP17 conference, a gathering of around 12,000 professionals. The conference provides an opportunity for writers to find support, discover resources, and build community. The WITS Alliance has a strong presence at the conference. Whether it’s a… Read more »

PBS Kids Writers Contest Open Now

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Do you know a child with a talent for writing? The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is now accepting submissions from young writers and illustrators in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Anyone who enters will receive a Certificate of Achievement, with Finalists participating in an award ceremony this May. The winning stories will be produced for broadcast… Read more »

WITS Writer Chris Cander Writes Fearlessly in Kazakhstan with the Dostyk American International School

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Traveling to a new place requires a certain amount of fearlessness. Luckily, WITS Writer Chris Cander thrives on new experiences. So when the Dostyk American International School in Atyrau, Kazakhstan invited her to become a writer-in-residence for a week, and teach creative writing to young expatriates between pre-K and 8th grade, Chris immediately said yes. Chris,… Read more »

Football Star and Best-Selling Author, Tim Green, To Read in Houston

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Educators! As you know, the Houston Super Bowl is right around the corner. Here’s a unique opportunity for your students to get excited about football and literature. On Friday, January 29th, Inprint Cool Brains! presents Tim Green, author of the New York Times bestseller for middle-schoolers, Football Genius. Tim will be reading from his new book, Left… Read more »

Ode to Snowy Owls

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  photo credit: pixabay Oh, snow owls, your beautiful sound from the heavens lets light through the clouds in the sunset. Snow owls, when you rise at the dawn of winter, your wings shimmer from the frosty bits and you fly like a dove. You are as majestic as an eagle, soaring in the salty breeze…. Read more »

Publishing Opportunities for Teens

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Is your teen looking for something to do over winter break? They could be writing original work and submitting to these amazing publishing opportunities. ONE TEEN STORY ONE TEEN STORY is an award-winning quarterly literary magazine that features the work of today’s best teen writers (ages 13 to 19). One Teen Story is looking for stories about… Read more »