Chop, Chop

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Chop, chop says my dad when he wants me to hurry up Snap, snap says my sister when she is being annoying Blah, blah says my brother who thinks he knows it all Kiss, kiss says my mom when she puts me to bed By Loretta, 3rd Grade

Meet the Man Behind Timmy Failure

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The first Cool Brains reading of the season will be this Sunday at 3pm. Come hear Stephan Pastis, the author behind the hilarious Timmy Failure. This FREE event will be held at Johnston Middle School. For more information about this event, click here.

Night WrITerS Back at Sparrow – Wednesday

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  Night WrITerS at Sparrow Bar + Cookshop Date: October 14, 2015 Time: 6-8pm Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, October 14th from 6-8 pm, for a creative happy hour of words and friends. With an interactive workshop led by WITS Writer OutSpoken Bean, Night WrITerS allows you to meet people and… Read more »

Free Writing Workshop for Teens

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Orbit Slam- Discovery Green Date: October 9, 2015 Time: 6:30-8pm Location: 1500 McKinney St. Free writing and performance workshops take place every first Friday of the month atMECA Houston (1900 Kane St.) and every second Friday of the month at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney St.) from 6:30-8pm. Students ages 13-19 are welcome. No registration is required!

DEEP to Represent Houston

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WITS Project Coordinator Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton will compete in a national poetry slam in Washington DC this weekend.  Over 70 of the nation’s best poets will compete for the title of 2015 Individual World Poetry Champion, and DEEP will represent Houston. You can help her collect the rest of her expenses by clicking here. Or cheer for… Read more »

Sunshine

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Mama always says I’m her sunshine I am cheerful and bright I am all about the light My soul lets out a shine I make the world feel fine Mama always says I’m her sunshine By Katelyn, 3rd Grade  

Meta-Four Slam Poet to Open Show!

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Slam Hip-Hop Program by Syrian American poet Mohja Kahf Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 6 PM Central Library | 500 McKinney St., 77002 Syrian-American poet Mohja Kahf tackles the stereotypes about Muslims and Arabs and dismantles them with her slamming, lyrical poetry. Houston’s own Meta-Four slam poet, Rukmini, will open up the show! Come out… Read more »

Pass Me a Napkin

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Hey, you hurt my feelings Now I’ve got a mustard stain on my heart Well, pass me a napkin Let’s wipe this clean and start over again By J. J., 4th Grade

Ode to an Egg

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I adore you, egg Oval perfection Heavy in the hand, like gold You shine like the moon Inside, a secret Yellow and white You are fabulous, dear egg By Winnie, 4th Grade  

National Book Festival 2015

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Meta-Four Houston was invited to participate in the National Book Festival 2015 in Washington DC over the Labor Day weekend. Team members Rukmini and Lily attended the Library of Congress Gala, met Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, and performed to an audience of 1,000. Here are some photos from their trip.

Free Resume Writing Workshops for Houston Youth

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FREE resume writing workshops for young people, including applicants to the Houston Youth Poet Laureate program. Join us 9/18 or 9/24. Date: September 18, 2015 Time: 5pm Location: Writers in the Schools Office, 1523 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006 Date: September 24, 2015 Time: 5pm Location: HPL Smith Neighborhood Library, 3624 Scott St, 77004… Read more »

Houston Arts Partners Conference 2015

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5th Annual Houston Arts Partners Conference The Arts Fuel Innovation WHEN: Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Including HAPpy Hour) Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 1001 Bissonet, Houston, TX 77005 PRICING: 1 Day – $45.00 (Pre-registration); $50.00 (Day of event… Read more »

100 Thousand Poets for Change at University of Houston-Downtown

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100 Thousand Poets for Change fights social injustice by using the arts to create social change. These artists sponsor readings in cities across the world, and this year’s day of international solidarity is September 26, 2015. Please join 100 Thousand Poets for Change and put Houston on the map! Poet Billie Duncan is organizing city-wide readings, performances,… Read more »

Who Will Be Houston’s First Youth Poet Laureate?

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Calling all young Houston poets! Whether you’re a page poet, a stage poet, a language poet or bard, you can apply for the honor of Houston Youth Poet Laureate. The position comes with performance opportunities galore, a tablet PC, and even a book deal!  All details are available on the Writers in the Schools (WITS)… Read more »

Meta-Four to Perform at National Book Festival 2015

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Over the Labor Day Weekend, Meta-Four Houston will be performing at the National Book Festival  in Washington DC. Rukmini and Lily will represent Houston in a poetry slam, and Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate of the United States, will be on the panel of judges.Click this link for more information about this featured event which… Read more »

Night WrITerS Rides Again 8/26/15

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Join Writers in the Schools for Night WrITerS on Wednesday, August 26th from 6-8 pm, at OKRA Charity Saloon for a free creative writing series for adults. With an interactive workshop led by WITS Writer Emanualee “Outspoken” Bean, Night WrITers is a fun happy hour in support of a creative cause! Cash bar. No charge, donations… Read more »

On the Other Side of the Earth

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On the other side of the earth do kids eat different foods and play different games? Do they take a bus to school? Do they listen to rap music? Are their parents strict like mine? Do they ever go to bed hungry? Do they ever hear gunshots? It would be fun to go to the… Read more »