Public Poetry This Saturday

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This Saturday Public Poetry presents four poets – Carolyn Adams, Bradley Earle Hoge, Amy King, and Michael D. Snediker – along with talented WITS student, Rohan Gupta.

The Pond

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Into the pond Dragging weeds, fierce pain He went under again Thrashing arms wildly Then lifted. Head from water Gulped air into aching lungs Strong arms Dreamed his father was carrying him He did not wonder He knew He could see over him Unreal, dark faces. Old man, boy. Deep voice, gentle hands.   by… Read more »

Publication Op for Kids Only!

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The annual Rattle Young Poets Anthology deadline is June 15th.  This contest of for poets age 15 or younger. A parent/guardian needs to email poems and contact information to Check out the Rattle site for examples of previously published student poetry.  Click here for complete guidelines for this year’s competition.  


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The green bayou chanting a song, a lullaby, a Friday laugh   The sun’s truth is freckles, life, and a secret gift   The sky, the storm, the flames, lightning cartwheeling into my skin, into my bones   Tomorrow a daughter is born into the ocean into the wind they swallow hard   Tough, white… Read more »

Get Set for Southwest Shootout 2014

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Okay, Houston, mark your calendars for June 12-14 because Houston VIP is hosting the Southwest Shootout. You can decide who are the best poets in the whole southwest. 25 teams — including Meta-Four Houston — will battle it out. Click here for more information.

I Am From

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I am from the stories I tell, a maple leaf, our golden well. I am from a happy place where people are all around, a funny laugh, a horse’s neigh, the music’s healing sound. I am from a hummingbird, its little flapping wings, I am from the big blue crow that very rarely sings. I… Read more »


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I walk in, my father looking numbly at the lit computer screen, the TV blaring as my mother watches the news, which announces death and money. The window over the sink pours A gray light onto our beige and unpainted walls. I walk into my room, passing The sheetrock lying in the hall, the dusty… Read more »

Birthday Celebration to Benefit Meta-4 Houston

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Kick off the holiday weekend with some fun that will enable Meta-Four Houston to compete in the International Brave New Voices Festival in Philadelphia in July. Donations in honor of Sara Speer Selber, Carliss Chatman, and Outspoken Bean are welcome. A percentage of sales at Beaver’s will also support this great program. If you are… Read more »

Home Sweet Home 2004

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You have come here to recall all of your childhood. Walk through the red steel door, see a big loud TV and a once tall bar. You hear a little cat run across the brown creaky floor, into the hall you see the bright light. Walk up to the big mirror you look and see,… Read more »

Meet the Creator of Babymouse!

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The Houston Public Library will host Books Alive! 5th Annual Children’s Book Celebration this Saturday. If you like Babymouse, you can see the play, meet the author and have a lot of fun. Here is the complete write-up from HPL: Children of all ages are invited to enjoy all the fun and exciting activities scheduled… Read more »

Meta-Four Will Perform at The Dream @ 50

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Meta-Four Houston will perform a Martin Luther King inspired piece to open The Dream@50 Dance Program this weekend. This free event will take place at 2 pm Sunday afternoon at Discovery Green. It is part of a global celebration of the 50th anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Find out more here.  

Winning Poets Read Poems on KPRC Channel 2

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Thanks to KPRC TV Channel 2 for airing not one but BOTH of the winning poets this Sunday morning. Both Maddox and Lauren got to read their poems for their moms on Mother’s Day. What a memorable gift! Here are both segments, just in case you missed them. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player video platformvideo… Read more »

Meta-Four’s Jordan Makes Houston 100 Creatives!

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Congratulations to Meta-Four Houston student Jordan Simpson, named by the Houston Press to their top 100 Creatives list. Last year Jordan and his team-mates won 1st place in the Texas Youth Poetry Slam. This summer they will represent Houston at the International Brave New Voices Festival in Philadelphia.

Night WrITerS Rides Again – May 14th

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   Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, May 14th at 6PM. With youth performance poetry by Meta-Four Houston and a FREE adult writing workshop with world renowned poet, Outspoken Bean, Night WrITerS is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause! Wednesday, May 14, 6-8 PM Sparrow Bar + Cookshop 3701 Travis St  Houston, TX 77002 (Map).

Her Own Empty House

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As I lived in a big city, busy cause people rushing everywhere, every minute. Which state? California. My grandmother with her raspy voice, her bones crushing on the inside. The feeling to break down, bones about to shatter, her walking through her own empty house, hearing her own clocks tick-tocking in the small kitchen. Nearby… Read more »

Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers

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The 2014 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers has extended the registration deadline to Friday, May 9, at midnight. Don’t miss the chance to study fiction, nonfiction or poetry with a fantastic faculty and to work with the 2014 Visiting Writers: Amber Dermont, David MacLean and Franke Varca. Find out more about this Houston event by clicking here.

Student-Teacher Spotlight

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) depends on the enthusiasm and energy of many wonderful partners. Today we recognize one teacher and one student in our Student-Teacher Spotlight. Mrs. Borrego and 2nd grade student Livni Hernandez both participate in the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program at Eugene Field Elementary. Below they answer a few questions… Read more »

Post Poetry-Month Thankfulness

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Thank you for celebrating National Poetry Month with Writers in the Schools. It has been a huge month for WITS and for poetry in Houston. We have just concluded our first poetry contest in partnership with KPRC Local 2 and our two winners will read their poems to air for Mother’s Day. GONZO247 created a stunning visual of a WITS student’s poem, downtown… Read more »

Young Writers Reading at Menil Fest on Saturday

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60 of the finest young writers in Houston will share their original stories and poems at Menil Fest this Saturday at 12 noon. Writers in the Schools (WITS) will host the annual Young Writers Reading at the Menil Collection on May 3, 2014. The event is free, and the public is welcome.

Space City Grand Slam This Saturday

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The spoken word event of the season takes place this Saturday at Discovery Green at 6:30 pm. The 21 top youth poets of Houston will compete for the 6 spots on the Meta-Four Houston team. Come out for the best in slam poetry. DJ Baby Roo will spin for the evening. The Honorable Sheila Jackson… Read more »