Send-Off for Meta-Four Team!

Posted July 8, 2016 & filed under Event, free Houston event, News, Student Writing, WITS People.


Join WITS on Saturday, July 9th, 2 pm as the Meta-Four Houston team gives their FREE farewell performance at the Live Oaks Meeting House on 26th Street in the Heights before jetting off to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Brave New Voices International Festival. Meta-Four Houston recently won first place in the state of Texas. Come check out these talented poets!

Date: July 9, 2016
Time: 2pm
Location: 1318 W 26th St Houston, TX 77008



Visual Poetry Exhibition Featuring WITS Students on Display

Posted July 6, 2016 & filed under Event, News, Notebook, Poem, Press, Student Writing.


The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Graphic Design Research Initiative (GDRI) and Writers in the Schools (WITS) recently collaborated on a special project that featured WITS students and University of Houston graphic design students.  The GDRI students turned the children’s poems into graphic designs, using inspiration from various fields, including concrete poetry, expressive typography, and Dadaism. The visual poetry exhibition is currently on display in Houston’s City Hall Annex. Click here to read about this innovative project.

Meta-Four Performance at Barnes and Noble

Posted June 9, 2016 & filed under Event.

B-Fest_icon_largeJoin us Friday, June 10th at 6:30pm for a special performance by WITS’ Meta-Four Houston team at Barnes & Noble First Colony’s B-Fest Teen Book Festival. This special performance will be followed by Trivia Blast at 7pm, created by Penguin Teen and Random House’s First In Line, who will send one winner in every store advance reader’s copies* of the most anticipated new teen books. *Advance reader’s copies will be preselected by the publisher. Join us for this evening of fun and check out Barnes & Noble’s page for more teen events that weekend.

Mid-Main Festival Proceeds to Benefit WITS

Posted May 24, 2016 & filed under Event, free Houston event, News, WITS People.


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Spend an evening with WITS on Thursday, June 2nd, 6-10pm for Mid Main’s First Thursday event. There will be live music, performances, art shows, tasty drinks and appetizer specials. A $5 donation will give guests access to the Art Garden and drinks from Topo Chico, St. Arnold, and Deep Eddy. Proceeds will benefit WITS and help us bring the WITS creative writing program to more Houston children!

Location: 3700 Main Street 77002

Cost: FREE


Find WITS at #AWP16 in Los Angeles

Posted March 28, 2016 & filed under Event.

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) Houston and our awesome sister programs from across the nation will be attending #AWP16 the AWP Conference in Los Angeles later this week. If you have ever thought that your city, town, or community could use a program like WITS, we hope you will join us in LA for some great conversations.

In the Bookfair, you can find us in Booth #1001. We will have some cool writer stuff to give away! Our membership meeting — which is open to newcomers as well, will be on Friday, April 1st:

10:30 am to 11:45 am @ Room 506, LA Convention Center

And WITS will host six different panels, which are listed on the WITS Alliance website. Panelists will include Jen Benka, Lacy Johnson, Janine Joseph, James Kass, and Renee Watson.  Please join us in LA!






Former WITS Writers Featured at Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers, May 23-27

Posted March 22, 2016 & filed under Event.

Three former WITS Writers – Tiphanie Yanique, Kimberly Meyer, and Lauren Berry — will be the featured writers at the Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers in May 2016. Here’s more information from the conference website:





Glass Mountain Magazine and the University of Houston

Are Pleased to Announce


The 2016 Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers


Houston, TX, February 8, 2016


Accepting applications now for early-bird pricing on registration, the eighth annual Boldface Conference for Emerging Writers will take place at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, May 23-27, 2016.


During May 23-27, undergraduate and emerging writers both locally and nationwide will attend a week-long conference at the M.D. Andersen Library at University of Houston. The week will be filled with writing workshops, craft talks, professional panels, readings, evening events around the city, and private consultations with the 2016 Visiting Writers:


Tiphanie Yanique (fiction), Land of Love and Drowning (Penguin) and How to Escape from a Leper Colony (Graywolf)

Kimberly Meyer (nonfiction), The Book of Wanderings (Little, Brown)

Lauren Berry (poetry), The Lifting Dress (National Poetry Series, Penguin)


The Boldface Conference is open to any writer who has not yet published a book or enrolled in an MFA or PhD program in Creative Writing. Early-bird pricing is available on conference registration at the low cost of $195. Regular registration pricing will begin on March 21st.


The conference is largely funded via Glass Mountain Magazine’s annual Write-a-Thon and through support from the Oppenheim Foundation and the University of Houston English Department. Additional support is welcome:


More about Boldface: Boldface registration includes daily group workshops and master classes with Boldface faculty from the top-ranked University of Houston Graduate Creative Writing Program, craft talks and readings by the award-winning Visiting Writers, optional field trips, and daily breakfast and lunch. Transportation to events is provided by volunteers. For traveling writers, housing is available at the university at a low cost. Manuscript consultations with the Visiting Writers is an additional option.


For questions, interviews, donations, or additional information, please contact Matthew Salesses at [email protected]

Los Trompos Performance by Meta-Four Houston

Posted March 8, 2016 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

Date: March 11, 2016
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: 1500 McKinney St.

Join us Friday, March 11th, 6pm for a special Orbit Slam event at the Los Trompos installation at Discovery Green. There will be a DJ, performances by Meta-Four Houston and special guest Desiree Dallagiacomo taking place inside Los Trompos (spinning tops), a beautiful, colorful interactive installation.

This event is FREE and open to the public. No registration required.

Camp Registration Now Open!

Posted February 2, 2016 & filed under Event, Notebook.

Attention parents! Creative Writing Camp registration is now open – and classes fill up fast! This year we have expanded the locations and dates for our fun, educational summer programs. Classes are taught by professional writers, providing personal encouragement to students as they explore creative writing and storytelling. Visit our Camp Page for more details or view our brochure.

Nicola Parente Opening on Friday

Posted December 1, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, WITS People.

Join us at Nicola Parente’s artist reception this Friday! We are so excited that Nicola, a longtime WITS supporter and collaborator, will be showing his spectacular paintings in a one-man show.  Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, Houston, TX  is hosting an opening for WITS Artist Nicola Parente on Friday, December 4th at 6 pm. This solo show, No Color Without Light, will be on display at The Annex through January 30th.
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D.E.E.P. to Perform at We Are Girls Conference

Posted November 13, 2015 & filed under Event, Notebook.

deepWe are excited to announce that WITS Teacher and Special Programs Manager, Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton, will perform at the We Are Girls Conference, produced by The Girls Empowerment Network.

This event is a  multi-city extravaganza designed especially for girls in grades 3-8. This year’s theme is “Tell Your Story,” which fits right into the WITS mission.

We know that Deborah will serve as a powerful role model to these girls who are exploring creative self-expression and empowerment. Go, Deborah!

Meta-Four on Nov. 6th at MECA

Posted November 5, 2015 & filed under Event.


Join WITS this Friday for the ORBIT Slam.

FREE poetry workshop followed by poetry slam.

No registration required.

Open to ages 13-19.

6:30 – 8 pm at MECA in the 6th Ward,

Address: 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007.

Hosted by D.E.E.P.

See you Friday night!

Meta-Four Houston Performs at The Three Doctors

Posted November 4, 2015 & filed under Event, Notebook.



Meta-Four Houston will perform at this inspirational event hosted by The Houston Public Library on Friday! This is the write-up from HPL:

The Houston Public Library presents:

The Three Doctors

Hosted by Melanie Lawson with KTRK Channel 13

The Houston Public Library is pleased to present The Three Doctors to over 2,000 youth of the City of Houston.

This is an awesome opportunity for our youth to hear a compelling story about three young boys – much like themselves – who survived the tough inner city streets of Newark, New Jersey and became successful men. It is a story that will inspire and encourage our youth to win at life – no matter the odds.

We would be honored if you would support this important event through the gift of your time by attending The Three Doctors’ Presentation.

Who are The Three Doctors?


Dr. Sampson Davis, Dr. Rameck Hunt, and Dr. George Jenkins, fondly known as The Three Doctors, are extraordinary role models. These three doctors began with a childhood promise to persevere and become successful, prominent men, despite facing barriers growing up in the tough inner-city of Newark, New Jersey. They used positive peer pressure to overcome the many challenges they faced, thus allowing them the opportunity to realize their dream of each becoming a successful physician. Today, The Three Doctors give their time and resources through their Foundation, which stands on the premise that “Our Children Can Not Aspire to Be What They Can Not See.” They passionately share their remarkable story of perseverance to inspire and motivate young people to achieve education and career success through the formation of positive peer and mentor relationships.


Meta-Four Slam Poet to Open Show!

Posted September 29, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

mohja-kahfSlam 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 to support Writers in the Schools (WITS) and witness the power of slam poetry to challenge and educate.

Meta-Four to Perform at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening

Posted September 16, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.

Join us on unnamedOctober 3rd for Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening!

The WITS slam team Meta-Four will perform several times between 1 and 4 pm, and there will be many other ways for visitors to explore and enjoy interesting sites within the 160-acre park. They will be int the LISTEN section of the festivities.

Buffalo Bayou Park stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street.

Don”t miss this wonderful outdoors event that includes walking tours, lectures, children’s crafts, recreational opportunities, delicious food, live music, and POETRY!

The day will culminate with an illuminated parade and fireworks show.

This event is FREE and open to the public. See you there!



Free Resume Writing Workshops for Houston Youth

Posted September 15, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event.

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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

Applying to be the first-ever Youth Poet Laureate? Writers in the Schools and the Houston Public Library have teamed up to offer two free resume writing workshops for youth this fall: Friday, September 18, 5pm at WITS (1523 W Main) and Thursday, September 24, 5pm at the Smith Neighborhood Library (3624 Scott St). Participants will learn skills to help them prepare a resume to support their application. Please visit for more details. Space is limited.

To register please visit:



Houston Arts Partners Conference 2015

Posted September 8, 2015 & filed under Event.


5th Annual Houston Arts Partners Conference
The Arts Fuel Innovation

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Including HAPpy Hour)
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 – 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonet, Houston, TX 77005

1 Day – $45.00 (Pre-registration); $50.00 (Day of event on a space-available basis)
Both Days – $75.00 (Pre-registration); $80.00 (Day of event on a space-available basis)

James Drew, Fort Bend Independent School District
Craig Hauschildt, DA CAMERA chamber music & jazz

The 2015 conference, The Arts Fuel Innovation, examines the relationship between the arts and vital components of tomorrow’s creative economy: creativity, versatility, collaboration, and innovation. Unearthing critical connections among the arts, arts integration, and success in other core and STEM subjects, these diverse, relevant, rigorous presentations led by teachers and teaching artists draw on exemplary partnerships between schools and Houston’s outstanding arts organizations. With these arts-based tools and ongoing partnerships, teachers are equipped to prepare their students for opportunities and challenges still in the making.


  • Nationally recognized speakers advocating for arts education and arts integration
  • Presentations on how to create partnerships to bring the arts into your classroom, developed by Houston’s outstanding arts organizations and the amazing schools they work with
  • Expert-led panel discussions on education trends, arts and education legislation, and how to fund innovative partnerships
  • Opportunities to connect with hundreds of colleagues including educators, administrators, principals, non-profit organizations, artists, community members, business leaders, and industry professionals
  • An art-filled environment with live performances

WITS will be represented on two panels in this year’s conference and will have a booth on both days.

100 Thousand Poets for Change at University of Houston-Downtown

Posted September 4, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.


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, and exhibits, and under John Locke’s guidance, University of Houston-Downtown will host Houston’s 3rd annual kick-off event. Details are as follows:

What:             100 Thousand Poets For Change (Houston’s Kick-Off Event)

Why:               To Creatively Speak Against Social Injustice Through the Arts

When:             Wednesday, September 23, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:            UHD Coffee House

Show up for an exciting evening where voices from across the city speak out against social injustice. See you there!