Paged Out on May 6th

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Meta-Four Houston poets Rukmini and Donald are organizing a youth slam event that will take place on May 6th. Please join us at 6 pm at Sharpstown High School in Houston.  

Outspoken Bean Promotes Spoken Word at the Red Cloud Indian School

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Oustpoken Bean motivated and inspired the students at the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota over the weekend. Many of the students there already perform spoken word, participate in an on-campus writers’ society, and attend Dances with Words, a reservation-wide, afterschool program that holds interactive writing workshops. Outspoken Bean worked with students as part… Read more »

The Youth Lead the Way, Space City

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12 truly inspired and inspiring young poets will WOW Houston this weekend at the Space City Grand Slam. The Space City Grand Slam is THIS Sunday, April 24th, 3PM at Discovery Green, sponsored by the Travelers Foundation. Join us to hear the words of 12 talented youth poets as they vie for a spot on… Read more »

Dear Poet 2016

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It’s National Poetry Month, and students in grades 5-12 are invited to enter the Dear Poet Competition this April. Students respond in the form to one of a select group of poetry videos, including the one above by Juan Felipe Herrera, the US Poet Laureate.To enter, email your letter to dearpoet@poets.org by April 30, 2016. Winners will… Read more »

Poets Are Everywhere

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  Be on the lookout Poets are everywhere The red bird chirping on the wire The pit bull barking at a friend The trees whispering in the breeze Boots scraping on the sidewalk Me, singing in the shower By Dashiel, 5th grade Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU… Read more »

Find WITS at #AWP16 in Los Angeles

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston and our awesome sister programs from across the nation will be attending #AWP16 the AWP Conference in Los Angeles later this week. If you have ever thought that your city, town, or community could use a program like WITS, we hope you will join us in LA for some… Read more »

Glass Half Full

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Well, I’ve had a rotten day, but let’s look on the bright side. I can still chew gum and look cool on my skateboard and pet my dogs. By Jeremy, 4th Grade

If

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If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on my tongue so the words were always moving in my mouth If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on the clouds so that people would look up into the sky more If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on a leaf so my… Read more »

For Kids Who Prefer Video Games Over Writing

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Writers in the Schools is offering… WITS Digital Summer Camp @ Briarmeadow Charter School   Game Camp (Grades 3-6) combines creative writing with game-based technologies, bridging the writing process with that of game design. Students will become creators versus consumers of media as they use their poems and stories as the foundation for designing original games… Read more »

Los Trompos Performance by Meta-Four Houston

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Meta-Four Houston at Los Trompos | Discovery Green Date: March 11, 2016 Time: 6:30-8pm Location: 1500 McKinney St. Join us Friday, March 11th, 6pm for a special Orbit Slam event at the Los Trompos installation at Discovery Green. There will be a DJ, performances by Meta-Four Houston and special guest Desiree Dallagiacomo taking place inside Los Trompos… Read more »

Writing Contest: Poets for Peace

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Young writers can enter the Kelly Peace Poetry Contest with no fee. The deadline for entering is April 30, 2016. Here’s some basic information about the 2016 Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards. Find out more on their website.   The Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards is an annual series of awards to encourage… Read more »

Love Poem for a Tree

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                  Love Poem for a Tree (Inspired by Pablo Neruda) By Ms. Siegel’s Class In the morning your branches wave in the wind. My eyes hunt for your beauty–you’re something no one has ever noticed. I cherish your gorgeous trunk that reaches to the clouds. I adore… Read more »

A Memory

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A memory is something that is precious as gold. It looks fuzzy as a dog. When I look at it now, it reminds me of when me and my sister slept together under the blanket. When I see it, I feel like I fall asleep really quickly. It reminds me of the first time I… Read more »

Congrats to WITS Writer Jasminne Mendez

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Congrats to WITS writer Jasminne Mendez for the publication of her new poem “Frijochuelas” in La Galeria Magazine. You can read it HERE. Jasminne also has a creative non-fiction piece, “El Corte,” that was selected as honorable mention for the Barry Lopez Non Fiction Award through Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. It will be… Read more »

Gearing Up for a Great Day

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When I wake up in a mood, not feeling the love, then I got to bring it from within, like a famous basketball player. I put on blinders to all the negativity and just smile at the world. Then I do my thing.   By Jermaine, 6th Grade

Prizes for Young Writers

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Here are two writing contests for young people with spring deadlines:   Ayn Rand Institute Anthem Essay Contest: Open to 8th, 9th and 10th grade students worlwide.  Submit an essay between 600-1200 words around the suggested topics listed on the website.  (1) First prize: $2,000; (5) second prizes: $500, (10) Third Prizes: $200, (45) Finalist… Read more »

Here I Love You

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Here I love you in the place I am staying Here I love you with my heart burning like a volcano Ice freezy oceans, and joy wandering while I stay in front of this breezy place, far away from you, and the dragon in my heart rises Your “yes” saying could save me It could… Read more »

2016 Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest

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It’s that time of year again! Get out your pencils and fire up the imagination. The Houston Public Media PBS KIDS Writers Contest is accepting original entries from children in grades K-3 until March 22, 2016. Please visit the website for eligibility rules and additional information. Last year’s winning stories are posted for inspiration on the… Read more »