Ode to Tacos Del Julio

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Oh, tacos del Julio, you are the object of my nine lives! You are always hot and ready! You always taste so good because I made you! You are easy to cook. Compared to you, tacos mios, pizza has too much cheese And fries taste like salt! I want everything made out of tacos! I… Read more »

Tennessee Song of Myself

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I am the dark blue river the stars in the black night the elephant rider in the night the wind moving in the trees the cave in the black mountain the deer frolicking in the forest the rabbit awake at night I am the house alone in the moonlight the pages of the worn down… Read more »

Neptune Slam This Saturday

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Meta-Four Houston will host the Neptune Slam on Saturday, April 4th, at 11 am. Students ages 13-19, bring your best poem to the Stella Link Neighborhood Library for a chance to join the slam team that will represent Houston at Brave New Voices this summer. The event is FREE, and… Read more »

Giraffe

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At the zoo I saw a giraffe. He was as tall as a building. I wanted to slide down his neck. by Lucas, age 3     Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Malik Walker, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “I… Read more »

Silver

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You are the feeling of the moon’s soft beams that light up the starry night. You are the sliver of silver arrow as it shoots through the trees during the night, strung from a hunter’s bow. You are the silvery pearl forming slowly inside a hard oyster’s shell. The soft, sweet sound of the viper’s… Read more »

April is National Poetry Month!

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Tomorrow is the start of A Poem a Day, a month-long celebration of poetry by Houston children. Each weekday we will send out a poem by one of our talented students through email. You can also enjoy these poems here on our blog and on radio station KPFT weekdays at 4:28 PM. Get in on the fun by writing to our weekly prompt featured… Read more »

Poet-to-Poet Project

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Calling all poets in grades 3-12! Below is an exciting opportunity from our friends at Poets.org: For National Poetry Month 2014, we introduce Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites young people in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American… Read more »

Saturn Slam: March 28th @ 7 PM

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The Meta-Four poetry slam preliminaries are for ages 13-19. There are two remaining slams before the Grand Slam! Winners will represent WITS and the city of Houston at the national Brave New Voices festival in Philadelphia. Participants must recite or perform their own original poems and must attend the workshop prior to the slam in… Read more »

Apply Today for Teen Creative Writing Residency

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Wonderful opportunity for teen writers through the Atlantic Center for the Arts! Program Dates: July 20 – August 2, 2014    (APPLICATION DEADLINE March 28, 2014) Master Artists: Poetry – John Murillo Creative Nonfiction – Kelle Groom Fiction- Elizabeth Hand Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word Teen Creative Writing Residency is a one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers 9th through rising 12th… Read more »

Radiant Peace Writing Awards

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  Students in grades K-12 may enter their writing in the 2014 Radiant Peace Education Awards. Complete information can be found on their site. The due date is April 16th.

It’s YOUR Fault

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Swoosh! I was running like the wind with my arms spread out like a bird when I suddenly went splat! My wrist hit a red hot iron. I burned myself and screamed so loudly that the sky cracked. One tear dropped from my eye and onto my wrist. It was so painful that zillions of more… Read more »

Green

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On St. Patrick’s Day I’m going to eat green beans and play green games I’ll sing green songs and drink green juice It will rain down green money and we’ll sail down a green river and all be happy green like the Irish By Pearl, 2nd grade

About That

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About that…I’m really sorry I never meant to hurt your feelings My mouth got ahead of me I didn’t think, I didn’t imagine any of the consequences Now the words are out there in the universe and I can’t take them back, can’t throw them in a black hole, can’t bury them under ice, can’t… Read more »

Slam Season Begins in Houston

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The three youth poetry slams have produced 9 spoken word poets who will proceed to the Space City Grand Slam on April 26th, 2014. There are still 3 more opportunities to qualify for the big event . The top 6 of the Space City Grand Slam will become the 2014 MetaFour Houston slam team, and… Read more »

Kids Are Authors Writing Contest Deadline is March 15, 2014

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Scholastic Books sponsors an annual writing contest for students, and the deadline is very soon! Here is the overview from their site: Kids Are Authors is an annual competition open to students in grades K–8 in the United States and U.S. international schools and is designed to encourage students to use their reading, writing, and… Read more »

Spring Forward

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Skip like a new-born goat Run like a little colt Jump like a baby frog Leap like a fresh cricket Swim like a tiny tadpole Bloom like a flower Sway like the wind It’s March, time to go Swish, swish! By Ellie, 3rd grade