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!

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.

Poetry Around Town

Posted May 1, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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:

13_publicpoetry_springseries_mayPublic 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.

Calling Houston’s Youth Poets: Space City Slam!

Posted March 19, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

witsslamback8.5x5.5finalwitsslam8.5x5.5final.inddCalling all teen poets and writers! Share your words through the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Meta-Four Houston performance poetry program:

• All youth ages 13-19 are invited to compete in the Space City Slam.
• The winners from the first four slams will compete in the Grand Slam for the chance to represent Houston in the 
Brave New Voices International Festival in Chicago (August 2013).

Space City Slam Series

March 22 (Fri) – Mercury Slam ) @ Hope Stone 7-9pm

April 6 (Sat) – Mars Slam @ HPL Central Library 10-12pm

April 26 (Fri) – Saturn Slam  @ Hope Stone 7-9pm

May 4 (Sat) – Pluto Wild-card Slam @ HPL Heights Neigborhood Library 10am-12ppm

May 11 (Sat) – Space City Grand Slam* @ HPL Central Library 10am-12pm

*Part of Houston’s Art Car Parade

Writers in the Schools also offers free after school writing workshops for youth ages 13-19:
• Mondays @McGovern-Stella Link and Heights Neighborhood Libraries
• Wednesdays @Smith Neighborhood Library
• Thursdays @Carnegie Neighborhood Library
• No registration is required, and walk-ins are welcome.
• Call 713-523-3877 or visit for more information.

Meta-Fourth Fridays Tonight!

Posted October 26, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

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

When: 7:00 pm – Workshop

8:00 pm – Slam

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

Where: Hope Stone Dance Studio

1210 West Clay

About Meta-Four

Meta-Four Houston encourages self-expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance.

Houston Speak Green

Posted October 24, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Meta-Four Houston presents “Houston Speak Green” in partnership with Youth Speaks, Houston ArtsAlliance, DiverseWorks, Houston Museum of African American Culture and the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts on November 1 and 5, 2011.  Houston Speak Green is the Regional Premiere of a spoken-word poetry contest for young people to speak about environmental effects on everyday life.

Houston-area youth ages 13 – 25 will speak their truths about environmental issues impacting their everyday lives in the regional premiere of Houston Speak Green, a spoken-word poetry contest in two parts. The preliminary round of the competition will be on November 1, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the Houston Museum of African American Culture (4807 Caroline, Houston, TX 77004) in the Museum District. The finals will be on November 5, 2011 at 5 p.m. in the Wortham Theatre of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston (Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard.)

The Houston contest is a regional response to the global conversation sparked by Brave New Voices Speak Green, the national competition launched in 2006 by San Francisco-based Youth Speaks, Inc. in partnership with the Redford Center and the U.S. Green Building Council to engage leading spoken-word poets as ambassadors for environmental change. Winners of Brave New Voices Speak Green have performed their works before actor and environmental activist Robert Redford, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Nobel Prize-winner Bishop Desmond Tutu and mayors from across the country.


Houston Speak Green events (Preliminary and Finals) are free to the public and no ticket is required.

Tuesday, November 1; 6 p.m.

Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline, Houston, TX 77004

Saturday, November 5; 5 p.m.

Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

University of Houston, Entrance 16 off Cullen Boulevard

For more information, click here.