Meta-Four Houston Youth Slam Team

Meta-Four Houston is the face of the youth poetry slam scene, representing Houston to the world at the international Brave New Voices festival. Each year hundreds of teens from across Houston come together at the Space City Slam Series, vying for a spot on the Meta-Four team. This opportunity transforms lives, builds community, elevates writing, and takes the voices of youth to powerful heights. Check them out at TEDxHoustonTEDxYouth, and on our YouTube channel.

Congratulations to our 2019 Meta-Four Houston Team

– Norah Rami – Clements High School
– Madison Petaway – Westbury High School
– Joyane Eriom – Austin High School
– Calvin King – Texas Southern University

Where are they now?

Meta-Four Houston team members, past and present, have gone on to accomplish amazing things. Below are just a few examples of what our students have done:

  • Jackson Neal is Houston’s current Youth Poet Laureate, Bayouth Collective member and a YoungArts Winner. He has been featured on Houston Chronicle.
  • Rukmini Kalamangalam is Houston’s third Youth Poet Laureate and has been featured on Houston Chronicle and ABC13 Visions, among others.
  • Jordan Simpson has helped develop the Houston slam scene and is currently the coach of Houston VIP.
  • Donald Val graduated from Sharpstown High School and is currently a freshman at Howard University. He has been featured on TEDxYouth and Texas Monthly.
  • Joshua Nguyen is MFA Candidate at the University of Mississippi and a Kundiman Fellow. He was ranked #1 in the National CUPSI and his poems have been published in The Offing and Texas Review Press.