The UH Honors College Presents 2013 Common Ground Teachers Institute

Posted April 19, 2013 & filed under Notebook.


Here is an exciting and free professional development opportunity for teachers in the Houston area! Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) as we partner with the University of Houston Honors College to offer the 2013 Common Ground Teachers Institute on June 28, July 1-3, and July 8-12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.

The Common Ground Teachers Institute pairs teaching faculty at the University of Houston and teachers of English from secondary schools for a series of inspirational workshops and seminars. Teachers can earn up to 30 credit hours of Gifted and Talented (G/T) certification.

Please visit for more information about the institute, a reservation form, and full descriptions of our 2013 seminars.

Seminar offerings for 2013 include “My Own Private Wilderness: Reading and Writing the Natural World” by WITS writer Lacy M. Johnson and “Metamorphosis: Some Things Change, and Some Never Do” by UH-Downtown professor and WITS writer Merrilee Cunningham.

Activities take place in the Honors College, located on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library on the University of Houston campus.

Underwriting by the McGovern Foundation allows teachers to attend this institute free of cost and receive a stipend for books and on-campus parking. Spread the word!

To guarantee a spot in one of this year’s seminars, please submit your reservation form no later than May 31. Forms may be e-mailed to Mallory Chesser at [email protected] or faxed to713.743.9015.

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Houston Poetry Fest This Weekend

Posted October 12, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Schedule and Lineup for the Weekend: 

Willow Street Pump Station, 811 North San Jacinto

Friday, October 12 @ 7:30 p.m. 

Juried Poets


Jerry Bradley

Lillian Susan Thomas

Norma Edwards Koontz

Daniel Carrington, Jr.

Maria Illich

Adamarie Fuller

Terry Jude Miller

Sandi Stromberg

John E. Rice

UHD Visiting Writers

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Featured Poet

Cindy Huyser

Saturday, October 13 @ 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Traditional Open Reading

Saturday, October 13 @ 7:30 pm

Guest Poet


Jane Creighton

Juried Poets

Lynn C. Reynolds

Elizabeth Sydnor

Christopher Carmona

Sylvia Riojas Vaughn

Elisa A. Garza

Oscar Peña

Sean Johnson

Julie Pujol-Karel

Larry L. Fontenot

Kelly Ann Ellis

Sunday, October 14 @ 2 pm

Guest Poet

Joseph Campana

Juried Poets

Craig Bertuglia

Deborah “D.E.E.P.” Mouton

Winston Derden

Priscilla Frake

Kirsty McCormack

Geraldine Gobi Greig

Carolyn Praytor Boyd

John Milkereit

WITS Board President Publishes New Book

Posted November 23, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Robin Davidson is a busy person.  Not only is she a full time professor of English at University of Houston Downtown, she’s also the president of the board of directors at Writers in the Schools.  And if that wasn’t enough, she just had her first book published by Northwestern University Press.

The book, The New Century: Poems by Ewa Lipska, is a collection of poems by a post-World War II era poet from Poland.  Ewa Lipska is regarded as one of the most important poets of her day but until now her work has not been translated widely.  The New Century is the first collection of Lipska’s poems to appear in English.   Robin Davidson co-translated the poems with Ewa Elzbieta Nowakowska and authored the foreword.