Orbit Poetry Slam with Pages Matam!

Posted December 8, 2014 & filed under Contest, Event.

 

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Join WITS this Friday, December 12th, for the ORBIT Slam with super-special guest, Pages Matam!. Pages is an award-winning artist, writer, and performance coach who has coached his youth team to #1 at Brave New Voices and his adult team to #1 at the National Poetry Slam. WITS will host a free youth poetry workshop followed by poetry slam. No registration required. Open to ages 13-19. 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Discovery Green Park (1500 McKinney 77010).

Neptune Slam This Saturday

Posted April 2, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

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Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Meta-Four Houston will host the Neptune Slam on Saturday, April 4th, at 11 am. Students ages 13-19, bring your best poem to the Stella Link Neighborhood Library for a chance to join the slam team that will represent Houston at Brave New Voices this summer. The event is FREE, and all are welcome to attend.

Saturn Slam: March 28th @ 7 PM

Posted March 24, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

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Photography by Angela LaMonte, Only Once Images

The Meta-Four poetry slam preliminaries are for ages 13-19.

There are two remaining slams before the Grand Slam!

Winners will represent WITS and the city of Houston at the national Brave New Voices festival in Philadelphia.

Participants must recite or perform their own original poems and must attend the workshop prior to the slam in order to compete.

What: Saturn Slam

When: March 28th, 7pm Workshop, 7:45pm Slam

Where: Leonel Castillo Neighborhood Center, 2101 South Street, Houston, TX 77009

Tell all your friends to come out and support youth poetry on Friday night!

Slam Season Begins in Houston

Posted March 14, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

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The three youth poetry slams have produced 9 spoken word poets who will proceed to the Space City Grand Slam on April 26th, 2014. There are still 3 more opportunities to qualify for the big event . The top 6 of the Space City Grand Slam will become the 2014 MetaFour Houston slam team, and will compete and perform all over Texas, and will represent Houston at the Brave New Voices competition in Philadelphia.

The poetry slam preliminaries are for ages 13-19. Participants must recite or perform their own original poems and must attend the workshop prior to the slam in order to compete.  The next two competitions will be:

Saturn Slam, March 28th, 7pm Workshop, 7:45pm Slam @ Hope Stone, 1111 Van Buren

Neptune Slam, April 5th, 11am Workshop, 11:45am Slam @ Stella Link Neighborhood Library 7405 Stella Link

These events are free, and the public is welcome to attend.

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Calling All Rappers: Qualify for the Houston Youth Poetry Team

Posted March 5, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

1970632_737910056242234_288000755_nFor young people (ages 13-19), if you want to make the Houston slam team, you must compete in one of the preliminary slams.

The top 3 poets in each Prelim will advance to Space City Grand Slam at Discovery Green, April 26th at 6:30pm.
The next prelims are:
* Teenpoloza: Neuhaus Theatre (Alley Theatre), Friday March 7th, 7pm
*Mars Prelim Slam: 2pm this Saturday, March 8th at HPL Smith Neighborhood Library.

Events are free.

Meta-Fourth Friday (For Poets Only)

Posted January 29, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

WITS offers writing workshops and poetry slams for young writers between the ages of 13-19. Please join us for Meta-Fourth Friday. Because of the winter weather,it is rescheduled for Friday, January 31st, held 7 -9 PM at Hope Stone, 1210 West Clay, Suite 26, (the cross street is Van Buren) Houston, TX 77019.

This free program 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.wits metafour houston 813

Free Spoken Word Workshops at HPL Smith Library

Posted December 16, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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WITS is offering free spoken word workshops for youth ages 13-18 every Wednesday through the Houston Public Library Smith Branch, led by WITS Writer and renowned performance poet Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean.

Time:3:30-5:00PM

Dates:

December 4, 11, 18
January 8, 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19

Location:  Smith Neighborhood Library
3624 Scott St,  Houston, TX 77004
(832) 393-2050

Cost: FREE

To find out about other FREE WITS workshops, click here.

Free Slam Poetry Workshops for Teens

Posted August 22, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

Meta-FourIf 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:

September 27
October 25
November 22
December 20

Tell your friends!

Last Chance to See Meta-Four Houston!

Posted July 31, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

Meta-fourVSmeta-fourFINALThe Writers in the Schools Meta-Four Houston Team is performing in one last poetry slam, Veterans versus Newbies, before heading off to the Brave New Voices international competition in Chicago.

Our team is the Texas Youth Poetry Slam 2013 State Champs!  Come see them this Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Alley Theatre–Neuhuas Stage, 615 Texas Avenue.

Suggested donation is $10 and proceeds will help send Meta-Four to Brave New Voices in Chicago. Doors open at 6 PM, and the slam starts at 6:30 PM.

Houston Poetry Slam: Youth Versus Adults!

Posted July 22, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

VIP v MetaCome out and support Meta-Four, a spoken-word program of WITS youth, as they engage in a battle of words with the Houston V.I.P. team.

Where: The Artery, 5401 Jackson, Houston, TX.

When: Thursday, July 25th. Doors open at 7:30 PM, and the POETRY SLAM begins at 8 PM.

Minimum donation of $7. Hosts are Robyn Adams and Lupe Mendez.

Applause for the Meta-Four 2013 Team!

Posted June 6, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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After competing at Space City Slam in a series of six poetry competitions, six young poets were chosen to represent WITS’s performance poetry team, Meta- Four, and the city of Houston at the international youth poetry slam festival and competition, Brave New Voices, in Chicago, August 7-11.

The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee announced the winners, who rode in the grand prize winning car “Big Red” in the Houston Art Car Parade. Congratulations to Outspoken Bean, the Meta-Four coach, and to students Sarah Portugal, Terell Cloud, Jennifer Layer, Jordan Simpson, Tiffany Ike, and Daniel Ortiz! See you in Chicago!

Thanks to the support of United Airlines, who generously donated round trip tickets, Meta- Four will be flying all the way to Chicago free of charge! Also a special thanks to the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and Travelers Insurance for their continuous support of Meta-Four and the Space City Grand Slam.

Space City Grand Slam Saturday, May 11th, Oh Yeah!

Posted May 6, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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This Saturday 18 young poets will compete, and the winners will become the Meta-Four Houston Team for 2014. These performance poets will represent Houston in the Brave New Voices International Festival in Chicago (August 2013).

When: 10 am – 12 noon

Where: HPL Central Library Downtown – 4th floor

Cost: Free

The MC will be Outspoken Bean. DJ will be King Henry. The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee will announce the winners.

Meta-Four Houston is a program of Writers in the Schools (WITS). WITS is thankful to these awesome partners:

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City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance

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Meta-Four Youth Poetry Slam

Posted April 4, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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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.

Meta-FourThe 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!