“There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.” —Sharon Olds, from Rattle #17
Rattle published an issue in 1998 of children’s poems, which is now out of print. This year the editors want to begin an annual tradition of publishing work by young authors.
Be part of the 2013 issue! If you are 15 or younger, you may submit up to 5 poems for consideration. Please visit the Rattle website for all the details about this wonderful opportunity to become a published poet in a premier journal.
If you are between the ages of 13-19, come join us for Meta-Fourth Fridays, held Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM at Hope Stone, 1210 West Clay, Suite 26, Houston, TX 77019. Bring a friend or come solo and meet some new friends.
These free workshops will teach you how to write and perform original poetry about issues that are important to you. Share your work in a supportive environment and grow as a writer.
Dates for Meta-Fourth Fridays, all free and open to teens 13-19:
Mark your calendars today for next Thursday’s reading by WITS writer Chris Cander at Brazos Book Store (2421 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX, 77005). Her fiction book 11 Stories explores the life of Roscoe Jones, a trumpet prodigy who loses a finger in the elevator of the apartment building where he lives as a child and goes on to become superintendent of the same building as a man. David Eagleman, New York Times bestselling author, calls Cander “a bold new voice in American letters.” Please join us for this special event next Thursday, August 22nd, at 7 PM.
Houston is Poetry Town. Every weekend there are events featuring poets young and old. Don’t miss the fun!
Here are two free WITS-related poetry events on Saturday, May 4th:
Public Poetry, the award-winning monthly reading series, will be at Oak Forest Neighborhood Library at 1349 West 43rd Street, Houston, TX, 77018, at 2 PM. Featured poets include WITS Associate Director Bao-Long Chu.
Pluto Wild-Card Slam will be at Heights Neighborhood Library, 1302 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77008, from 10 AM-12 PM. Youth ages 13-19 are encouraged to participate. A poetry workshop will kick off the morning, followed by a slam competition.
Please join us this Saturday, April 20th, at noon to support young authors at the annual Writers in the Schools BLOOMS reading event. BLOOMS is part of the Houston Young Writers Reading Series, and these young writers were chosen from thousands of children across the city of Houston. Children in grades K-12 will read original poems, stories, and essays on the lawn of the Menil Collection. Please clap loudly for these brave voices!
We invite you to bring a blanket and a lawn chair and spend the entire afternoon with us enjoying poetry, music, film, and yoga at this festival for the whole family. For more information about the festival and a timeline of events, please visit the Menil Collection website. See you at 12 noon on Saturday!
Join other youth for a Meta-Four Youth Poetry Slam hosted by Outspoken Bean, the 2013-14 Houston V.I.P. Slam Champ!
Writers in the Schools provides a safe, encouraging environment where teens of diverse backgrounds and economic circumstances can explore and express their truths through workshops and poetry slams.
Youth ages 13-19 are encouraged to participate in free year-round weekly workshops and monthly open-mic events hosted by Writers in the Schools. In the spring and summer, youth poets are selected through a series of slam competitions to represent Houston in the annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.
The next FREE Space City Slam is:
April 6 (Sat) @ Houston Public Central Library 10-12pm
Bring your friends for a poetry workshop and slam. Spread the word!
There will be four fabulous poets who read their work, plus a special guest appearance by a young author from Writers in the Schools (WITS). Afterwards, meet and greet other poets at Plonk. Don’t miss the chance to catch Public Poetry in a new part of town!
Public Poetry exists to bring the public and poetry community together, and to create a buzz about poetry.
A monthly reading series is presented at various library locations in partnership with Houston Public Library.
Hannah explains how teaching 3rd-6th graders in Houston, Texas, with Writers in the Schools (WITS) made her a better poet.
Hannah, former editor for Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, is the author of Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast (2012), selected by Bernadette Mayer for the 2011 National Poetry Series.
Poetry is alive and well in Houston! Public Poetry, a nonprofit organization founded to bring poets and the general community together and to create a buzz about poetry, is ready to celebrate again.
Join in the fun at Kendall Neighborhood Library (609 N. Eldridge, 77079) on Saturday, September 3rd, at 2 PM.
This month’s featured poets include Hayan Charara, Marcell Murphy, longtime WITS supporter Susan Wood, and WITS writer Ryler Dustin. KUHF‘s St. John Flynn will make a guest appearance, and student poet, Lucie Gulick, from WITS will perform!
After the reading, we’ll head over to Beans Café Coffeehouse for some good conversation. Directions: Turn right out of the library parking lot, and then take 1st left just after the first traffic light (1127 Eldridge Parkway).
Mention PUBLIC POETRY and get a 10% discount on any coffee drink. Original photos from Katya Horner will be on display. Enjoy a great hour of on September 3rd, 2 PM, Kendall Neighborhood Library.
Materials: a basket with small stuffed animal characters from the book Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee
Contributors: Brooke Brown, Linda Draper
This story basket activity ensures the active participation of all students in listening to a book read aloud. Originally used with Cat Goes Fiddle-i-fee, it can easily be adapted to any book by printing and laminating images of the story’s characters. Additionally, the students could make representations of the characters in the book as a pre-reading, art project.
Have the students sit in a circle on the floor with the “story basket” in the center which contains characters and farm animals from the book. The students should each take one animal from the story basket as the book is read aloud, listen for the appropriate time to place their character back in the basket.