Call for teen poetry!

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Who: The Poetry Society of America What: The Louise Louis / Emily F. Bourne Student Award When: Entries must be postmarked by December 22, 2016 Why: The winner will receive $250 and recognition by the Poetry Society of America About the Award Endowed under the wills of Louise Louis Whitbread and Ruth M. Bourne, this… Read more »

Youth Poet Laureate

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Introducing Houston’s New Youth Poet Laureate Fareena Arefeen, 17, is Houston’s new Youth Poet Laureate. Fareena, a student at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), was chosen amongst dozens of talented Houston teens to share her insightful voice and creative spirit with the City of Houston. Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate is… Read more »

Green Windy Forest

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(Inspired by the Cy Twombly Gallery at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas)  The forest air smells like sweet pine trees. I walk through the forest, looking at the cloudy sky. The wind pushes me to the right, then to the left. It tosses me for a while; then stops and drops me into a wet,… Read more »

Who will be the next Houston Youth Poet Laureate?

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We hope you can join us as we announce the new Houston Youth Poet Laureate at the Writers in the Schools Gala on Thursday, November 10th, 6pm at The Astorian. Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Houston Public Library, in partnership with the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA), and with… Read more »

Michelle Obama invites WITS Student to the White House

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  Writers in the Schools student, Regional and Houston Youth Poet Laureate, Andrew White, was invited to the White House last week to meet with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Students performed poetry in the State Dining Room and met with First Lady Michele Obama, and nationally-acclaimed poets, Q-Tip, and Elizabeth… Read more »

WITS at HAP Conference | Sept. 9-10

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WITS is a presenting sponsor at the Houston Arts Partners Conference on Friday, September 9th and Saturday the 10th! Stop by our booth for some fun WITS swag and more information about our programs. We will also host 2 panels and our very own Meta-Four youth performance poetry team will give a special performance at Friday’s… Read more »

Lila’s Bag-Free Bayous Petition

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WITS 4th Grader, Lila, has started a petition for Bag-Free Bayous! We are so proud that one of our students is dedicating her time and energy to bettering the quality of life for all Houstonians and cleaning up our waterways. “Every year, about 300 million pounds of plastic are produced, but only 10 percent is recycled.[1]… Read more »

Are you the next Houston Youth Poet Laureate?

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Calling all poets,writers, spoken word artists, and emcees! Here is your opportunity to represent Houston as Youth Poet Laureate. The Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to identify youth writers and activists in our community who are dedicated to civic engagement through poetry and performance. This program is open to youth ages 14-19 in Houston, Texas… Read more »

VOTE WITS for SXSWedu!

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BIG NEWS! WITS and Histrionix Learning Company have submitted a proposal to SXSWedu PanelPicker and YOU have a chance to help us spread the word about Digital Storytelling! Just click on the link below, login or sign up with facebook and VOTE!   Vote for WITS now! >>

Game Changer

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by WITS Writer, Lesa Boutin   I’m not a gamer, but when I heard about WITS Digital I wanted in. As a fiction writer, the idea of creating the story behind a video game intrigued me. I admit to having a certain mindset when it came to gaming. I thought it a solitary experience, which writing… Read more »

Restaurant Week Supporting WITS

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WITS is excited and proud to announce that Cuchara Restaurant has generously chosen to donate $5 out of every $35 spent at Cuchara on Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st to WITS! We encourage everyone to go have a delicious meal and enjoy the beautiful murals and ambiance. Great place for a date night… Read more »

The WITS Family: Bettering Others, Bettering Ourselves

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by WITS Intern, Danielle Resh   If I had to pick the most important qualities for a person or an organization to cultivate, I would choose three things: a capacity for empathy, a hunger for personal growth, and the ability to be true to oneself. At WITS, empathy means seeking to truly understand and support… Read more »

WITS is hiring!

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Want to make a difference in the lives of children? WITS is now looking for passionate, creative individuals to work with our team! Positions currently available: Program Coordinator (full-time) Classroom Writer (part-time) Communications Intern (part-time) For more information and to apply please visit our Work for WITS page.

Creative Writing Camp : A Space to Grow

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by WITS Intern, Danielle Resh Two second graders bounce their handmade puppets around, transforming the slick hall of the cafeteria where students gather for pickup into their own little stage. To my left, a girl bends over her journal, furiously scribbling as she is called to head home. In front of me, a camper gestures… Read more »

Soapbox Non-fiction Slam

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Join us on Thursday, July 7th at Brazos Bookstore from 6-8pm for the Soapbox Non-Fiction slam hosted by the WITS Youth Advisory Council. Students ages 13-19 are invited to bring their best non-fiction story (under 5 minutes) on the theme of growing up. There are a total of 15 spots available on a first come first served… Read more »

Meta-Four Students Recording at SugarHill Studio

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This Saturday, June 18th, the Meta-Four Houston students will have the honor of recording their poetry at the world famous SugarHill Studios in Houston, Texas. SugarHill has generously donated their time and expertise to give our students the experience of a lifetime! Some other famous names that have have recorded at SugarHill (maybe you’ve heard of… Read more »

Meta-Four Performance at Barnes and Noble

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Join us Friday, June 10th at 6:30pm for a special performance by WITS’ Meta-Four Houston team at Barnes & Noble First Colony’s B-Fest Teen Book Festival. This special performance will be followed by Trivia Blast at 7pm, created by Penguin Teen and Random House’s First In Line, who will send one winner in every store advance reader’s… Read more »

Art + Poetry in the Downtown Tunnels

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WITS has partnered with the University of Houston-Downtown’s GDRI (Graphic Design Research Initiative) program to turn WITS students’ poetry into visual works of art! These works are on display now in the tunnel below Houston’s Downtown City Hall. This traveling visual poetry exhibition uses techniques from fields that include concrete poetry, expressive typography, and visual literature,… Read more »