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.

Applause for the Meta-Four 2013 Team!

Posted June 6, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

m4 team after grand 513Houston, we have a team!

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.

Last Chance to Slam!

Posted May 3, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

witsslamback8.5x5.5finalCalling all teen poets and writers! Join us for the Pluto Wild-card Slam.

This Saturday is your last chance to make the Meta-Four Houston team that will represent Houston in the Brave New Voices International Festival in Chicago (August 2013).

• All youth ages 13-19 are invited to compete.

• The winners from this event and the first four slams will compete in the Grand Slam for the Houston team.

Space City Slam Series
May 4 (Sat)
Pluto Wild-card Slam
@ HPL Heights Neigborhood Library 10am-12 noon

Meta-Four Logo upgrade

Broadcast your words/your thoughts/your dreams through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Meta-Four Houston performance poetry program.

Houston Kids, It’s the Space City Season of Slam!

Posted March 11, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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March 22 (Fri)
Mercury Slam
@ Hope Stone Studio
(1210 West Clay)
7-9pm

April 6 (Sat)
Mars Slam
@ HPL Central Library
(500 McKinney)
10am-12pm

April 26 (Fri)
Saturn Slam
@ Hope Stone Studio
(1210 West Clay)
7-9pm

May 4 (Sat)
Pluto Wild-card Slam
@ HPL Heights
Neighborhood Library
(1302 Heights Blvd.)
10am-12pm

May 11 (Sat)
Space City Grand Slam
@ HPL Central Library
Plaza (500 McKinney)
10am-12pm special
presentation of the
Meta-Four Houston 2013
Team in the Art Car Parade

Images from Angela LaMonte Only Once Images

Images from Angela LaMonte Only Once Images

Writers in the Schools encourages self-expression and literacy among youth through the Meta-Four Houston performance poetry program.  Youth ages 13-19 are invited to participate in weekly workshops and monthly open-mic events across the city.  In the spring and summer, youth are invited to compete in the Space City Slam Series to represent Houston in the Brave New Voices International Festival.

Writers in the Schools is also offering free spoken word workshops for youth 13-19:

  • Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at local neighborhood libraries.
  • No registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome.
  • All events are FREE.
  • Call 713-523-3877 or visit www.witshouston.org for more information.

One Voice Poetic Choir Tonight!

Posted February 22, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

As a featured component of Society for Performing Art’s Movement Toward Literacy initiatives and its Performance Prelude series, Writers in the Schools’ Meta-Four Houston is producing the One Voice Poetic Choir. Tonight, young poets will perform an original collaborative poem in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center as a prelude to the dance concert by Motionhouse. Members of the choir received complimentary tickets to Motionhouse this month and to see STOMP perform at Jones Hall last month.

Join us at the Wortham Center’s Grand Foyer before 7pm to catch the One Voice Poetic Choir and stop by the WITS information table to say hello!

Images from Angela LaMonte Only Once Images

Images from Angela LaMonte Only Once Images

About Meta-Four Houston

Meta-Four holds monthly workshops that encourage teenage writers to develop their work and expand their artistic processes. For teens who are completely new to poetry, getting involved in Meta-Four is a great way to share ideas, receive feedback, and find inspiration. Meta-Four also holds monthly slams that allow more experienced poets to compete and share their work in a safe and encouraging environment. Writers of all backgrounds and skill levels will be both supported and spurred by this spoken word program.

One of the things that makes Meta-Four great is its leader. The program is headed by slam veteran and Houston poet laureate nominee, Outspoken Bean. “Bean”, as he is commonly called, is an expert at both performing poetry and coaching poets. His skill as a writer and performer has led him to open for such well-renowned names as Talib Kweli, Buddy Wakefield, and Cornel West. And Bean’s natural proficiency as a leader and teacher had allowed him to champion his former college team to regional victory in his very first coaching experience. With Bean at its head, Meta-Four is capable of honing any youth writer into a performer and competitor.

Another reason to get involved in Meta-Four is that it helps poets to branch out and find like minds. Every year Meta-Four, sends 4 to 6 of its poets to an international slam poetry competition called Brave New Voices which draws in hundreds of the best youth poets in the world. These competitions have taken place in states across the country, from California to New York and participants have come from places as far as England, Guam, and South Africa to take part. Meta-Four’s involvement in Brave New Voices provides a way for Houston youth to network with other teens.

The upcoming Brave New Voices competition will take place in Chicago, Illinois. To help Meta-Four prepare for this competition, WITS will be providing space for workshops and rehearsals, as well as helping Coach Bean to schedule features and performances all around Houston which exhibit the Meta-Four slam team’s material. These features help writers get comfortable performing, while also exposing the city to the talent its youth possesses. These workshops, rehearsals and features were a vital part of Meta-Four’s success last year. Our team went on to place 21st in the Brave New Voices competition and land a feature spot on the semi-final stage. WITS hopes to help Meta-Four’s 2013 team duplicate, and even surpass that level of success in this year’s competition, while encouraging all of its young poets to write and perform to the best of their abilities.

by WITS Intern and former Meta-Four Member Jeremy

Tonight! Meta-Fourth Friday

Posted January 11, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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All Houston area youth ages 13-18 are invited to participate in the city’s first poetic choir. Come out tonight to Hope Stone Studio (1210 West Clay Street) 7-9pm for more information-its not too late to join! All participating students will perform at the Wortham Center Feb. 22. A special thank you to the Society of Performing Arts and Houston Public Library for making this all possible. Here is the calendar for the One Voice Poetic Choir:

January 11 (Fri)  

“One Voice Poetic Choir” Practice @ Hope Stone 7-9pm

January 25 (Fri)

Meta-Fourth Friday @ Jones Hall 6-7:30pm practice (8pm STOMP show time, students will be seated by 7:50) Food will be provided

February 16 (Sat)

“One Voice Poetic Choir” Run-through @ TBD location 10am-12pm

February 22 (Fri)

Meta-Fourth Friday “One Voice Poetic Choir” Performance @ Wortham Center arrive at 6pm, performance at 7pm (Food will be provided)

Meta-Fourth Friday and Public Poetry

Posted November 29, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Friday! Spoken Word workshop at 7pm, then the slam at 8pm. You must participate in the writing workshop to take part in the Slam. Ages 13-19, oh and it’s FREE! More information on the WITS web site.

An excerpt from Meta-Four’s performance at A Celebration of Story:

Jo:  It’s like it’s not good enough to just be you anymore

Je:  But, that is the best time for you to be you

Eb:  I started by just being

Jo:  I started by experimenting

ALL:  Where we are now began by creating

Meta-Four students performing Nov 2012

Also, the Meta-Four Houston group will be performing Sat, Dec. 1 at Public Poetry, 2pm at Vinson Library. Don’t miss these talented students!

Free Youth Spoken Word Workshops

Posted October 29, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Writers in the Schools is offering free spoken word workshops for high-school students every Monday and Wednesday through the Houston Public Library, led by WITS Writer and renown performance poet Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean.

Mondays from 4-5:30pm at Henington-Alief Regional Library (7979 South Kirkwood Rd.)

Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm at Smith Neighborhood Library (3624 Scott St.)

Click  here for specific dates.

Check out Meta-four Houston coach and workshop leader “Outspoken” Bean performing some of his poetry:

New and Free! Spoken Word Workshops

Posted October 10, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Led by WITS Writer and renown performance poet Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean, WITS is offering free Spoken Word workshops every Wednesday starting today at Smith Neighborhood Library. Open to all high school students, workshops will be from  3:30-5:00 p.m.

Smith Neighborhood Library
3624 Scott St.
Houston, Texas 77004
Workshops on the following dates: 
October 10
October 17
October 24
October 31
November 7
November 28
December 5
December 12
December 19
January 9
January 16
January 23
January 30
February 6
February 13 (Celebration)

 

Announcing Meta-Fourth Fridays!

Posted September 26, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Join Meta-Four Houston every fourth Friday of the month to participate in a FREE written word workshop and poetry slam!

When:  September 28, 2012

8:00 pm – Workshop

9:00 pm – Slam

*Note: You must attend the workshop to participate in the poetry slam

Where:  Hope Stone Dance Studio (1210 West Clay, 77019)

About Meta-Four:

Meta-Four Houston encourages self-expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance. Click here for more information.