Two WITS Writers Named Best New Poets 2012

Posted August 29, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

WITS writers Meggie Monahan and Chuck Carlise made the final 50 for Best New Poets 2012. The final 50 were named earlier this month. We are so proud!

Meggie Monahan

Chuck Carlise

Selected poems:

Chuck Carlise, “A compendium of photographs: L’inconnue de la seine”

Meggie Monahan, “No Such Thing as Acceptance”

Best New Poets is an annual anthology of 50 poems from emerging writers. Each year, a guest editor selects 50 poems from nominations made by literary magazines and writing programs, as well as an Open Internet Competition.


-Number of submissions (with 1-2 poems each): 1715

-Number of selections sent to the guest editor: We literally lost count.

-Number of male finalists: 24
-Number of female finalists: 26

-States with the most finalists: NY (11), WI (4), AZ (3), NC (3), TX (3), WA (3)
-Number of finalists selected who were nominated by a journal or school: 8
-Number of finalists selected from the Open Competition: 42

Best New Poets 2012 will be published in November. Visit their site for more details.

Way To Go!

Posted November 8, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Join us in congratulating these past and present WITS writers and students:

Chuck Carlise’s new chapbook A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t Stairs is now available on Amazon.

WITS student Jasmine Davis, who works with WITS writer Melanie Malinowski, won Honorable Mention for her essay “My Life with Clorox” for the Kidney Times Essay Contest.

WITS Summer Camp teacher Aime Gallardo won the 2011 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award.

Hannah Gamble won the National Poetry Series. Her book Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast will be published by Fence Books in 

News about Van Garrett’s trip to Latvia can be found on his website. Writers in the Schools supported this project through Amy Storrow at the Department of State. Van was featured in a TV story here.

Artist Raul Gonzalez (artist in residence with WITS) was the featured artist for Houston Community College Southwest’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Janine Joseph was named one of the Best New Poets of 2011.

Former WITS writer Marc McKee published a new book titled Fuse.  You can purchase your copy at

Executive Director Robin Reagler’s chapbook Dear Red Airplane was published  by Seven Kitchens Press.

Tria Wood and partner-in-art Tara Conley announced that their art installation, My Life as a Doll, will open at DiverseWorks on November 11th, 2011—that’s right, 11/11/11!