Word Around Town Poetry Marathon

Posted July 30, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

WAT-Flyer-front2013From our friends at WAT:

“The Word Around Town (WAT) tour is an annual week-long poetry marathon held in Houston at different venues each night of the week.  The marathon goes from  Sunday, August 4th until Saturday, August 10th.  That is seven days, seven shows, and seven different venues!

The mission of the WAT tour is to introduce poets to different venues and to new audiences in the Houston area. Now in its 8th year, the tour features poets who range in styles from academic to slam and spoken word to experimental.  The venues showcased on the tour are just as diverse from the local coffee shop to community centers, bars, and non-profit institutions.”

For the complete list of poets and venues, please visit the WAT website.  WITS writers such as Outspoken Bean are among the veteran poets who will perform. See you out on the town!

Mayor Parker Announces Houston’s First Poet Laureate

Posted April 11, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

imagesMayor Annise D. Parker and Houston Public Library (HPL) Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson announced that Gwendolyn Zepeda has been selected as Houston’s first Poet Laureate.

Gwendolyn Zepeda, a Houston-based author, has published numerous works of fiction and poetry.  Her book of poems, It’s Zepeda Not Zapata, will be published in 2014. As Houston’s first Poet Laureate, she will do community outreach and conduct poetry-writing workshops in diverse neighborhoods.  We’ll post those workshops here, so that you don’t miss them!

Robin Reagler, Executive Director of Writers in the Schools (WITS), served on the Houston Poet Laureate Selection Committee, which assisted in the nomination and selection process.

A Poet

Posted April 1, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.


When a poet stares at time, everything stops.

When a poet loves, he freezes,

and his heart bursts open like an over-ripe banana.

When a poet thinks, he is so happy he will melt of happiness.

When a poet is angry, he will go crazy.

When a poet is sad, he will cry to death.

When a poet travels to a new land, he gets lost.

When a poet imagines, he sees himself as an astronaut

and then becomes one.

When a poet writes,

he believes nothing is wrong

because he is at his best.

By Saadat, 3rd grade

[audio http://wits.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/01-mon-apr-1st-rev.mp3]

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Evangeline Gowen, an 8th  grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is by the Michael Silverman Jazz Piano Trio.

This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more.

Bye Bye, May!

Posted May 31, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

I’m happy to say bye bye to the

month of May because it means

school is out and summer is here.

Adios to May flowers and hello

to sleeping in, hanging out with

friends, and going to the beach.

Summer is for blowing bubbles

instead of doing my homework.

I don’t look back at May with any

regrets, I’m just happy to move on.

By Cicely, 5th grade

A Poet

Posted May 17, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

When a poet stares at time, everything stops.

When a poet loves, he freezes,

and his heart bursts open like an over-ripe banana.

When a poet thinks, he is so happy he will melt of happiness.

When a poet is angry, he will go crazy.

When a poet is sad, he will cry to death.

When a poet travels to a new land, he gets lost.

When a poet imagines, he sees himself as an astronaut

and then becomes one.

When a poet writes, he believes nothing is wrong

because he is at his best.

By Saadat Makki, 3rd grade

Public Poetry Redux – May 7th, 2 p.m.

Posted May 5, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

The second literary event by Public Poetry will be on May 7th at the Central branch of Houston Public Library at 2 p.m.  The special guest this month is ballet rock star Dominic Walsh. Readers include current WITS writer Samuel Amadon and former WITS writer and Board President, Robin Davidson. WITS student Anna Miller of Travis Elementary will read her work as well. For more information, click here.

I Am a Poet

Posted January 10, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

I am a poet.

I am a metaphor that makes you think.

I am a rhyme.

I am the romantic feelings that make poems divine.

I am love.

I am the golden harp.

I am the veins that push the beautiful words to my poem heart.

I am Parris, the poet.

I am Poetry.

I write poems with life and make you happier.

I am poetry.

I bring feelings to light with love and laughter.

I am a poet.

By Parris, 16

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