My Name

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My name is all the numbers because I don’t have a favorite.   My name is silver because it is shiny and is in Slytherin.   My name loves vegetarian cooking that makes me hungry.   My name is the peaceful sound of the sea and the sound of a stormy sea.   My name… Read more »

Analicia Sotelo’s Houston Reading 5/27/17

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WITS Communications Strategist Analicia Sotelo will read from her new chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, on Friday 7pm at Brazos Bookstore. She will be joined by WITS Board Member Roberto Tejada and WITS Writer Beth Lyons. Nonstop Godhead recently won a fellowship award from the Poetry Society of America. It was selected by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Sotelo’s first full-length book,… Read more »

Fiction Writing Contest for Young Texans

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The Annual Fresh Ink Writing Contest is now accepting submissions. Texas students in middle and high school may apply. Here’s some information from their site: Winners receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, winners are awarded a plaque, have their stories published on the TBF… Read more »

U.S. Poet Laureate To Visit Houston

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April is National Poetry Month, and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will make a special Houston visit on Wednesday, April 19th. Herrera is the son of migrant farmers. He has published 30 books in his illustrious career, and he was named the first Mexican-American U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015. The University of Houston – Downtown… Read more »

When I Write

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  A poem is like a volcano trying to erupt. A story is like a wild unknown animal, yet to be discovered. A play is like a crazy zombie apocalypse. Because zombies are dumb and funny, wearing crazy hats. When I write, I feel like a maze that has a-maze-ing ideas. When I write, I… Read more »

Happy National Puppy Day

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On the occasion of National Puppy Day, we thought we’d republish a letter from our Executive Director, Robin Reagler, celebrating all that we love and learn from our pets. It was originally published in the WITS newsletter, A New Leaf, in 2001. My dog Jake is not a great writer, and yet he has managed… Read more »

Danez Smith Workshop for Houston Youth

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When: Saturday, January 21 at 4 PM – 6 PM Who: Danez Smith What: A FREE writing workshop for Houston youth Where: The Pilot on Navigation 5102 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011 preceding the Meta-Four Houston Poetry Slam at 7 pm For more information, click here. Brought to you by Writers in the Schools (WITS)

The Best Christmas of Onasis Rodriguez

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My best Christmas was two years ago because somebody my dad knew from work invited us to his apartment to celebrate. When my dad and I got to the apartment, we marveled that it was so pretty. All the decorations were nice because the guy my dad knew from work put a lot of effort into them. Decorations were all over… Read more »

Writing Contest for Young Writers

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2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers The University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, in recognition of the Professional Writing Program’s 65th anniversary in the college, invites submissions for the 2017 Foster-Harris Prizes for Young Writers. Two $500 awards will be given, one for a short story of up to 1000 words… Read more »

My Grandma’s House

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The outside of the house has bright red bricks and dark green tiles on the roof. Her path to the front door is so pretty. It has all kinds of rocks that are yellow and orange. Her front porch has a long swing where at least three people can fit. Her swing is hard as… Read more »

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for Students

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Entries for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are due soon. In years past, these prestigious awards have gone to recipients including Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Ken Burns, Stephen King, and Sylvia Plath. Check out their website to find the specifics for your city or region.

Writing Contest for Students in OK, NM, and TX

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Call for submissions from teen writers in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico! Who: Voices, a regional arts and literary journal published annually by students and faculty at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. What: Imaginative, original works of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, art, and drama from high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in Texas, Oklahoma,… Read more »

I Am Thankful

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  I’m thankful for the sunshine and for food. I’m thankful for warm weather, for clouds and for leaves. But! I don’t like getting shots, I don’t like cheese, And I Hate frogs!   by Delila, 1st grade


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Oppression is a steaming kettle pot in an endless black hole. The steaming kettle pot holds pressure just like a human holds the pressure of oppression. Oppression is a steaming kettle pot in an endless black hole until you decide to let it go. The streaming kettle pot will have no more pressure to hold… Read more »