Ish Poem

Posted April 29, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

In the dark-ish night, deep in the

city, the sunset made blue-ish, orange reflections

in the calm river. The boats were heading

to the nearby dock. The tree in the

field with the ruffled shadow became clear.

The smoke from the burning bridge fell to peace.

By Michelle, 5th Grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Brianna Pierre, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

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. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer and KPFT volunteer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

What I Want

Posted April 3, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

I want to crush the trash of struggle

that my people go through

for the invisible spirits of joy

to appear as happiness again.

I want to capture the moment when

the devastation of my people blows

away with the monsoon winds that

come from the north.

I want to remember how the

Vietnamese dragon once came,

bringing happiness like a rare toy

to our people.

I want to write about how the

wet rice fields were our only key

to survival and how my people will

bring peace to the world.

By Jacqueline, 5th Grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Carol Lahana, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

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. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

Award-Winning Children’s Book

Posted January 30, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

The Coretta Scott King Awards

For the last 40 years the Coretta Scott King Awards have been given to African American authors and illustrators for their outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The books chosen promote understanding among races and uphold the American Dream. The Awards commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

For past winners from 1970-present, check out this list.  The 2012 winner is Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, published by HarperCollins.  The story and the artwork in this book are  stunning.  Go get your copy today and help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards in Children’s Literature.

Heart and Soul

One People

Posted October 17, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Inside the tangled roots of the sequoia trees

Inside the dense fog of Puget Sound

On the ancient piney Lewis and Clark trail

Next to erupting Old Faithful in Yellowstone

At the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In a cafe eating peach pie on Route 66

Underneath the crack of the Liberty Bell

Under the shiny St. Louis arch

Through the historic Alamo where the bullets rang

Near the Florida Everglades where the alligators glide

On top of the clouds of Mt. McKinney

Near the whales in Acadia national park

Over roaring Niagra Falls

Into the center of Death Valley

There, we will meet in the sun and the rain and the fog

There, we will meet and rise together into one people

By Daniel, age 10

“One Book, One City”

Posted August 30, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Have you heard about Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page, a “one book, one city” program that will take place through September 30th, 2011?  Everyone in the the city of Houston is invited to read and discuss the book One Amazing Thing by author Chitra Divakaruni, an internationally acclaimed writer who is featured in one of our  WITS public service announcements and a big advocate for the work we do in the community.

This educational and fun citywide reading initiative is being presented in partnership by the Houston Public LibraryFort Bend County LibrariesHarris County Public Library, and Montgomery County Memorial Library.

The goal of Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page is to cultivate a culture of reading in Houston by encouraging people to come together in libraries, bookstores, community centers, homes, places of worship, schools and parks to discuss the book. This program will take place Saturday, August 27 through Friday, September 30, 2011.

For more details visit www.gulfcoastreads.org. More information will become available on events, book discussions, and author visits.

Please submit your personal story of “one amazing thing” that you’ve experienced to Gulf Coast Reads!  Share your story with the rest of Houston.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the arts to unite our city!