q

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Who are you, little q? I am a music note Sitting on a page Waiting for someone to play me I’ll be in the orchestra someday My dreams are waiting to come true I wait all night for you to listen to me By Regina, 3rd grade Click the link above to listen to the poem read… Read more »

Yellow

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Yellow is a sun lighting the day. Yellow is a banana in my stomach. Yellow is my mother forever cleaning in the kitchen. Yellow is cold as gold. It is a rock a child paints. A yellow blanket wrapping a baby. It is the smell of vegetable soup and birthday cake. Yellow is a duckling… Read more »

The Birth of a Superhero: The Super Reader

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The day I was born, the best super hero book was published. My family crowded around that book in the library, and then I appeared. They looked at me and assumed I was a robot toy, but no. I was a boy with a dictionarial head, and my fingers were book lights. I smelled of… Read more »

My River

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My river begins with hunger. My mother calls me in my mind. As I hear her, hear her, as she sees me, I feel that I can touch her and smell the perfume of her body. She is a daily memory as if she passes by me with her smell of cheetah. By Kayla, 4th… Read more »

WITS Intern Shares Comic Book Lesson

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After weeks of preparation (and finally the actual testing for) their STAAR exams, the Travis kiddos and I were able to return to our comics. They were halfway through the lesson – each group had a sketch of what their character(s) looked like and some even had the entire story mapped out. At first, things… Read more »

Dear Dad

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  You are the campfire that smells like earth and you are like the letter ‘U.’ You are the soccer team and the ball getting a goal that helps your team win. You are a car driving all over the world. However, you are not the pizza trapped in heat. You are not the paddle… Read more »

Mayor Parker Announces Houston’s First Poet Laureate

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Mayor Annise D. Parker and Houston Public Library (HPL) Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson announced that Gwendolyn Zepeda has been selected as Houston’s first Poet Laureate. Gwendolyn Zepeda, a Houston-based author, has published numerous works of fiction and poetry.  Her book of poems, It’s Zepeda Not Zapata, will be published in 2014. As Houston’s first Poet Laureate,… Read more »

Life in the Hood

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  Where I’m from people be wearing red and rockin’ Jordans. You hear police sirens down the street. Graffiti everywhere you look. Where I live it’s called Denver Harbor. It smells like smoke when I take a walk outside. Where I’m from people be jammin’ to Drake, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross Tyga, Wiz Khalifa. The… Read more »

Art Opening to Support WITS Saturday 2-4 p.m.

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John Palmer Art selected Writers in the Schools (WITS) to be its Charity of the Year for 2013. On Saturday, April 13th, a special collection of artwork inspired by WITS will be shown and sold at John’s gallery at 1218 Heights Boulevard. A portion of all proceeds will go to WITS.

“Buzz” of the Town: The Nicola Parente Art Opening

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WITS is proud to share that Artist Nicola Parente will have an opening reception for his “Colony Collapse” installation, bringing light to the disappearance of bees and colony collapse disorder. Nicola has been a longtime volunteer and WITS teaching artist, including helping kids create art from recycled materials through the Environmental Writing Project. The opening reception is… Read more »

To Live Without

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  To live without air, to live without water, I would love to love you, but a little less. To live without you is like A fish that lives without water. Give me your attention: A bird that flies without the sky, A flower that grows without the earth, To live without your love Is… Read more »

Slow Beauty

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  A hippo ambles on the sandy floor. It strides and staggers and saunters, uttering a low moan. With great effort, after a few minutes of clear and glossy silence, it hauls itself back to the shimmering pond making soft, exquisite ripples. By Seo-Ho, 4th grade [audio http://wits.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/07-slow-beauty-4-9-13.mp3] Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by… Read more »

We’re Built Like Horses

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  We are built like horses, Strong, free and stubborn, Our manes meant to feel the wind But we were not born as such We do not live with tenderness or freedom Because we were born into bondage Unto fingers cold to the touch Every step is planned Every stray is punished In a land… Read more »

Eat Your Veggies

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WITS poems are popping up all over town!  Visit Picnic to enjoy “Eat Your Veggies,” a gorgeous photography exhibit by Karen Sachar paired with the memorable words of WITS students.

The Rhinocerosaur

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  The Rhinocerosaur is half rhino, Half T-Rex. He is now extinct From the Houston Arboretum, But he still lives in a training center In my backyard. I got him from an egg That was in the ground He smells like cologne And feels slimy. My Rhinocerosaur loves to perch. He makes a luko-liko sound…. Read more »

Meta-Four Youth Poetry Slam

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Join other youth for a Meta-Four Youth Poetry Slam hosted by Outspoken Bean, the 2013-14 Houston V.I.P. Slam Champ! Writers in the Schools provides a safe, encouraging environment where teens of diverse backgrounds and economic circumstances can explore and express their truths through workshops and poetry slams. Youth ages 13-19 are encouraged to participate in… Read more »

Sweet and Sour

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Blazing hot, Like cookies, fresh out of the oven. Crispy, like autumn leaves, Salty like the sea. Left outside too long, they droop, Like dead flowers. They come from a lumpy, ugly home. When separated, they huddle together, Like penguins on a cold, Artic day. Golden brown, like dirty blonde hair. Piled high on your… Read more »

Public Poetry Event on April 6th!

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This is going to be fun!  Join us this Saturday, April 6th, at 2 PM at the Oak Forest Neighborhood Library for a memorable event. There will be four fabulous poets who read their work, plus a special guest appearance by a young author from Writers in the Schools (WITS). Afterwards, meet and greet other… Read more »

What I Want

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  I want to crush the trash of struggle that my people go through for the invisible spirits of joy to appear as happiness again. I want to capture the moment when the devastation of my people blows away with the monsoon winds that come from the north. I want to remember how the Vietnamese… Read more »