Space City Grand Slam Saturday, May 11th, Oh Yeah!

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This Saturday 18 young poets will compete, and the winners will become the Meta-Four Houston Team for 2014. These performance poets will represent Houston in the Brave New Voices International Festival in Chicago (August 2013). When: 10 am – 12 noon Where: HPL Central Library Downtown – 4th floor Cost: Free The MC will be Outspoken Bean. DJ will… Read more »

Notes from WITS Intern: Comics in Motion

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This week at Travis Elementary MaryScott and I were treated to some comedic performances, written and directed by none other than the Travis kids. With the majority of their comics finished, MaryScott suggested it’d be fun to see these comics in motion. We gave both classes 10-15 minutes to add any finishing touches to their pieces,… Read more »

Last Chance to Slam!

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Calling all teen poets and writers! Join us for the Pluto Wild-card Slam. This Saturday is your last chance to make the Meta-Four Houston team that will represent Houston in the Brave New Voices International Festival in Chicago (August 2013). • All youth ages 13-19 are invited to compete. • The winners from this event and the… Read more »

Invitation to Book Launch–The Lost Husband by Katherine Center

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In November of 2011 Writers in the Schools (WITS) honored best-selling novelist and former WITS writer Katherine Center with its Founders Award.  Katherine continues to be an important voice in Houston’s literary arts community, and we are thrilled by her success. On Tuesday, May 7th, Katherine is having a book launch at 7 PM at… Read more »

Poetry Around Town

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Houston is Poetry Town.  Every weekend there are events featuring poets young and old.  Don’t miss the fun! Here are two free WITS-related poetry events on Saturday, May 4th: Public Poetry, the award-winning monthly reading series, will be at Oak Forest Neighborhood Library at 1349 West 43rd Street, Houston, TX, 77018, at 2 PM.  Featured… Read more »

Thank You

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Thank you for participating in A Poem a Day with Writers in the Schools (WITS). If you enjoyed reading poems by WITS students during National Poetry Month, here are some options for staying in the WITS “loop” throughout the year: “Like” the WITS page on Facebook or follow us on twitter for the latest news and invitations to all our public… Read more »

Land of the Lone Star

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Leaving land of lone star of heat, humidity, and horses on a huge white bird over open ocean in night’s ebony embrace Out of the ominous an amazing archipelago the pearl of perfection the majesty of mountains home By Samuel, 7th Grade Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by  Carson Brown, a 6th… Read more »

Ish Poem

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  In the dark-ish night, deep in the city, the sunset made blue-ish, orange reflections in the calm river. The boats were heading to the nearby dock. The tree in the field with the ruffled shadow became clear. The smoke from the burning bridge fell to peace. By Michelle, 5th Grade Click the link above to listen… Read more »

My Scarecrow (An Incantation)

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My scarecrow has a shadow so she can scare away my feelings of being alone. My scarecrow has a trap of knives and electrical strings for a spine so she can scare away Old Man Scratch. She has snakes for hair like Medusa to scare away eight-legged arachnids. My scarecrow has vampire teeth to scare… Read more »

WITS Writer Interviewed on Purple Songs Can Fly Radio Show

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) is thrilled to have partnered with Purple Songs Can Fly since its inception.  This innovative program provides a musical outlet for the many children being treated for cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Children work with Purple Songs Can Fly founder, Anita Kruse, and other professional composers to write… Read more »

Hardly Myself

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  Today again I am hardly myself. Grass sprouts from my hair like antennae. Flowers become my eye lashes as bark covers my soul. My teeth are like acorns crunching on my concrete tongue. Rocks and stones become my hardcore bones. Thorns grow like fingernails on my berry-scented skin. Roses are my ears, only for… Read more »

Second Saturday Workshops: How to Get Published

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WITS is offering a teacher workshop called Teachers as Writers:  How to Get Published. This is the final Second Saturday Series offering of the 2012-2013 school year. Location:  Bright Sky Press (2365 Rice Blvd) Date/Time:   May 11, 2013 from 10:00-1:00 Cost:  $75.00 PD:  3 hours of G/T credit (TAGT approved) Don’t miss this workshop!  If you… Read more »

Oceanlight

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  A haunted lighthouse flicks on and off. Sailors get lost. The moon beams onto the middle of the ocean. Until a breezy wind floats by and no more light shines. Only sounds of waves float by And mystery falls into the air. By Julia, 3rd Grade Click the link above to listen to the poem read… Read more »

Pages and Pages of Poetry!

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With the school year reaching a close, MaryScott dedicated our time at Travis this week to one-on-one meetings with each 4th grader. After typing and then printing out some of the students’ best pieces, she met with each of them by a ‘kidney shaped’ table to discuss the next steps – from adding an illustration… Read more »

The Lighthouse

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  Give me lights on my house, a glowing roof and sparkling windows. My sunglasses are so bright, like the sun. I see twinkling stars above the roof, candles all around, and when I walk out I see my glowing bridge. As I walk in, I see fire-beetles and fire-flies dancing in the flame. And… Read more »

Fun, Happy, Magical Theatre with WITS Writer Elizabeth Keel

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WITS writer Elizabeth Keel, chosen by the Houston Press as one of the 100 Creatives of 2012, is excited to present a night of two new one-act plays as the 14 Pews Artist-In-Residence. Performances of THE PSYCHIC PALACE and THE RAINBOW LANDS are April 25, 26, 27, 28 & 29, and May 2, 3, & 4.  Tickets are $10… Read more »

We the Children of the World

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  We, the children of the world, want freedom to explore nature. We, the children of the world, want to know more about space and why Pluto is so small. We want honesty so people can have a better world. We, the children of the world, want no more bad words that can hurt others’… Read more »

The Night

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Owls are hooting The stars look pale yellow like they are invisible When everyone is asleep thousands of animals hunt In the north sky the moon is bright white There’s a sweet smell coming from the trees The night goes by very fast like butter slipping out of your hands until the sun comes up… Read more »

Outdoor Poetry Events on April 20th

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Come out and enjoy lovely weather and superb poetry this Saturday, April 20th.  WITS students will participate in events across the city. An incredible line-up of WITS students will be reading their poems and stories on the Menil Entrance Stage at 12 noon as part of the Menil Community & Houston Indie Book Festival. Bring a… Read more »