Meta-Four to Perform at Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening

Posted September 16, 2015 & filed under Event, free Houston event, Notebook.

Join us on unnamedOctober 3rd for Buffalo Bayou Park’s Grand Opening!

The WITS slam team Meta-Four will perform several times between 1 and 4 pm, and there will be many other ways for visitors to explore and enjoy interesting sites within the 160-acre park. They will be int the LISTEN section of the festivities.

Buffalo Bayou Park stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street.

Don”t miss this wonderful outdoors event that includes walking tours, lectures, children’s crafts, recreational opportunities, delicious food, live music, and POETRY!

The day will culminate with an illuminated parade and fireworks show.

This event is FREE and open to the public. See you there!

 

 

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.

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.

Meta-Four Wins 2013 Texas Youth Poetry Slam

Posted July 28, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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Breaking news!  Breaking news! Meta-Four, a spoken word program for teens at Writers in the Schools (WITS), WON the 2013 Texas Youth Poetry Slam.

This event was held at Studio 12 in The Commons at Texas A&M University, July 27-28th.  Youth from across Texas competed in the Haiku Slam, Individual Slam, and Team Slam.

The event was sponsored by Mic Check, the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, and the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M.

250474_589799164386658_2116090736_nWe thank everyone helping to create a platform for our youth to share their poetry and words of truth.

Congratulations to Team Meta-Four for an outstanding slam and to our WITS Meta-Four Coach Outspoken Bean!

Stay tuned for the next poetry slam. You don’t want to miss what these young people are telling you about their lives and the world.

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.