Top Poems on the WITS Blog

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These were the most popular student poems on the WITS blog in Spring 2013: This Pen Ode to the Color Black Ode to Drizzling Ode to Procrastinators Hail to Sand Ode to Bicycles Ode to Summer I Am the Sky by Jordan A Poet I am a Seashell The Sun Oceanlight To Live Without Japanese Cherries: The Failure of Falling We’re Built Like Horses Hardly Myself Sweet and Sour Ode to Apples… Read more »

School’s Out!

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It’s the very last day of school. Everybody, I mean everybody is silently counting in their heads and hoping 10 seconds is all that is left. You see, it’s the last day of school. One, wondering how long this would take. Two, silently praying for a good summer. Three, still praying. Four, oh my gosh, I’m… Read more »

Applause for the Meta-Four 2013 Team!

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Houston, we have a team! After competing at Space City Slam in a series of six poetry competitions, six young poets were chosen to represent WITS’s performance poetry team, Meta- Four, and the city of Houston at the international youth poetry slam festival and competition, Brave New Voices, in Chicago, August 7-11. The Honorable Sheila Jackson… Read more »

Onomatopoeia for Everyone

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Each and every word comes with its own secret powers. Onomatopoeia is special device that a writer uses by choosing words that actually sound like what they mean. Here are a few examples: the buzz of a bee the jingle of a bell the slam of a door Here are a few examples of onomatopoeia… Read more »

Public Poetry Reading

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Join us this Saturday, June 1st, at 2 PM to hear a fantastic line-up of poets at the Oak Forest Neighborhood Library, 1349 West 43rd Street, Houston, TX, 77018. Participating poets include James Adams, Darla McBryde, Dustin Pickering, and Charlie Scott. A WITS student also will perform, so come out and support the arts at this… Read more »

Poetry and Healing Workshop

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Join us for Fady Joudah’s Poetry and Healing Workshop-Talk, Saturday, June 8th, 2-4 PM at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX, 77006. This event is free and open to the public. Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American poet, translator and physician of internal medicine. Alight, (Copper Canyon Press, 2013) is his second book of poetry,… Read more »

Dried Out

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Today I am a shell. A shell, not in water. On land. I am mad. Mad because I got taken away from my 23rd birthday party So now I am feeling blue Feeling blue And dry Not wet but dry Dry on a desk top Yes, dry on a desk top Dry on a desk… Read more »

Ode to Summer

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The warm air. The bright sun. The flowers coming from everywhere. The cold water like ice in the pool. The shining fish in the water. The people on boats fishing. The beach way. The people splashing in warm water. The people surfing on the waves-it feels like flying through the air. The birds flying in… Read more »

WITS Student Video Finalist in WritersCorps Competition

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WritersCorps, an organization that teaches creative writing to underserved youth, held the third annual Poetry Projection Project, a festival of short films inspired by youth poems, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Special guest juror H.P. Mendoza, an award-winning San Francisco-based filmmaker (”Colma: The Musical,” and “I Am a Ghost”), announced the winners of the festival…. Read more »

“Imagine” Video Wins Award

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POP Video, a Houston-based video production company, worked with Writers in the Schools to develop a thirty second spot called “Imagine” that captures the creativity happening in WITS classrooms across the city. The Telly Awards recently named POP Video as a Bronze winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards for their piece about the work of Writers… Read more »

Final Letter from WITS Intern

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Dear Readers, This past Tuesday marked my last day at Travis Elementary as an assistant teacher with the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program. On my final day, the Travis kids were asked to read one to two of their favorite compositions, which were published in their WITS Anthology, on a stage and in front of an… Read more »

Summer Book Clubs

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Remember to register your kids for the Houston Public Library Summer Reading Program.  Go Under Cover is for children up to 18 years of age. This is a free program that rewards reading with a free book for the home, plus other prizes.  You can register here. If your child attends school in the Houston… Read more »

Friends

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Once upon a time a lizard saw a grasshopper. He said, “Grasshopper, will you be my friend?” The grasshopper said, “Sure.” So, they jumped and played. Then, one day a mountain lion came up to them and said, “You’ll be a great snack.” They hopped away as quick as they could.  They hid under a… Read more »

Mitali’s Fire Escape: A Writing Contest for Teens

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  Do you love to weave words together? Were you and/or one or both of your birth parents born in another country? Do you live in the United States or Canada now? Are you 13-19 years old? If you answered yes to ALL of the questions above, YOU qualify to enter the 2013 Fire Escape… Read more »

The Watchful Eye: A WITS Student Reading

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Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) and the Menil Collection for an evening of student readings, Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 PM at  the Menil Collection. The Watchful Eye feature the poems and prose of WITS students, grades K-12, inspired by works exhibited at the Menil Collection. A collaboration that began in 1989, WITS and… Read more »

Water

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The water is blue and green The leaves are flowing away The leaves are itching and hurting The water makes them flow away The leaves are itching and hurting But the waves are flowing They go whoosh whoosh, whoosh The water keeps flowing and flowing. By Gema, age 4

Scattered Blossoms: Poets on Twombly

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For 20 years WITS and the Menil Collection have worked closely in a project that weaves together art and writing, and the experience has been evocative for students and WITS writers alike. WITS Executive Director Robin Reagler is organizing an event on Sunday at 2pm in the Menil’s Twombly Gallery for poets who have been… Read more »

NANO Fiction Prize for Short Fiction

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Many WITS writers teach the art of flash fiction or nano fiction because the genre encourages students to be concise and thoughtful. The Fifth Annual NANO Prize is accepting entries of 300 words or less and awarding $500 to the first-place winner! All entrants will receive a one year subscription to NANO Fiction and winners will be announced in… Read more »

Houston is Inspired!

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Houston is a wonderful hub of creativity. The “Houston is Inspired” campaign is designed to celebrate to the amazing artistic city that is Houston. Using the hashtag #HouInspired, share what inspires you! Feel free to use the image above as your facebook cover photo! And discover more at houstonisinspired.com.