Three of the writers (teachers) from the Writers in the Schools (WITS) program will join the Poem a Day blogging team this week. Here’s a brief introduction to each one of them.
Amy Lin participated in the WITS program as an eighth grader at Sharpstown Middle School and fondly remembers her WITS writer, her Menil visit, and her anthology. She is delighted to have experienced WITS as a student and as a writer. Amy is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received her degree in secondary education. Before joining WITS, she taught three years of freshman and sophomore English at Kempner High School in Sugar Land, Texas. Amy enjoys writing personal essays, reading mysteries, and perusing cookbooks. She is currently an associate editor with Texas Family Magazine and writes for their education section. This is Amy’s sixth year with WITS and her first as Field Coordinator.
Julian Martinez attended high school at Bellaire High School in Houston and graduated with a B.A. in liberal arts from the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to teaching with WITS, he als leads ESL courses through Literacy Advance Houston and can be heard on the radio every Wednesday at 11:30 A.M. on 90.1 KPFT’s “Human Rights Show.” He co-edited a student newspaper at UT and has contributed articles to periodicals nationwide. He has completed one unpublished novel and is currently at work on a second. He has lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Florida, and Texas and has called Houston home now for over five years. He’s an avid runner, and in between short stories you can find him at Memorial Park.
Tria Wood is a native Texan and lifelong art aficionado who earned her M.A. in English from Texas A&M University, where she also served as an assistant lecturer before moving to Houston. In addition, she holds an M.Ed. in Art Education from the University of Houston. For several years, she mentored disadvantaged youth through arts-based nonprofits. Tria serves as Editor in Chief of Visual Arts for ArtsHouston magazine, which allows her to merge her passions for writing, aesthetic theory, and contemporary art. Tria’s poetry, fiction and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications; she also teaches creative writing to Houston area children through the Writers in the Schools program.
Look for their insights and their bylines in the weeks to come.