Ish Poem

Posted April 29, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.


In the dark-ish night, deep in the

city, the sunset made blue-ish, orange reflections

in the calm river. The boats were heading

to the nearby dock. The tree in the

field with the ruffled shadow became clear.

The smoke from the burning bridge fell to peace.

By Michelle, 5th Grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Brianna Pierre, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A Poem a Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer and KPFT volunteer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

“One Book, One City”

Posted August 30, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Have you heard about Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page, a “one book, one city” program that will take place through September 30th, 2011?  Everyone in the the city of Houston is invited to read and discuss the book One Amazing Thing by author Chitra Divakaruni, an internationally acclaimed writer who is featured in one of our  WITS public service announcements and a big advocate for the work we do in the community.

This educational and fun citywide reading initiative is being presented in partnership by the Houston Public LibraryFort Bend County LibrariesHarris County Public Library, and Montgomery County Memorial Library.

The goal of Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is to cultivate a culture of reading in Houston by encouraging people to come together in libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, places of worship, schools and parks to discuss the book. This program will take place Saturday, August 27 through Friday, September 30, 2011.

For more details visit More information will become available on events, book discussions, and author visits.

Please submit your personal story of “one amazing thing” that you’ve experienced to Gulf Coast Reads!  Share your story with the rest of Houston.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the arts to unite our city!

Public Poetry Summer Series This Saturday

Posted August 4, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Public Poetry and the Houston Public Library present another series of excellent readings by Houston’s finest. The program includes photography by Katya Horner and selected works from Joseph Campana, Jeannie Gambill, Van Garrett, a resident writer of WITS, Destiny Gonzalez, a current WITS student, and former WITS writers Alan Ainsworth and Sarah Cortez.

What: Pubic Poetry and HPL Present a Summer Reading Series

Where: Houston Public Library, Kendall Neighborhood Library

When: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2 PM

Cost: Free and open to the public.

For more information visit