WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath

Posted December 3, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Source: mfah.org

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), in alliance with Houston-based and internationally celebrated literary artist Van Garrett, has developed three writing workshops based on Ekphrasis, a style of writing about responding to art in any form, and that relate to the multitude of aspects included in their current exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath.

There are a total of three available workshops being held from November to January; the first, Instigators & Triggers was held on Saturday, November 17th; the second, Letters from/to Home will take place Saturday, December 29th from 11am-5pm); and the last, In Memoriam will be on Saturday, January 26th from 11am-5pm. The workshops will include ice breaker games, exclusive access to the exhibition with a Gallery Talk centralized on the workshop theme, lunch, hours to write in response to the exhibit, and a one-on-one conference with Van Garrett.


Visit the MFAH web site to find out more information and to see a behind-the-scenes preview of this exhibition.

Van G. Garrett’s essays and poetry have been published internationally in journals and anthologies. He has worked with Writers In The School‘s Creative Writing Summer Program and was sent abroad by WITS to the Baltic region of Latvia, where he served as a writer-in-residence to promote the joys and the power of creative writing in young people. You can read about his trip here

Public Poetry on February 4th

Posted February 2, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

Here’s the latest news from Public Poetry, winner of the Best Reading Series 2011 from the Houston Press.  Don’t miss this free event on February 4th featuring several former Writers in the Schools (WITS) teachers!
Did you ever think you’d hear a local TV news anchor read poetry?  Well, that’s what will happen at Park Place Regional Library on Saturday, February 4, when Art Rascon makes a special guest appearance at our next Public Poetry event at 2 PM.  We’re really happy to feature him in a growing list of great special guests, including Mayor Annise Parker, choreographer Dominic Walsh, a NASA administrator, artists, musicians and more.  As always, we have our line-up of outstanding featured poets with words ready – Alan Ainsworth, Joseph Campana, Sarah Cortez, Jeannie Gambill and Van G. Garrett.  We’ll also hear a few short poems from some talented young students.  Afterwards, there will be poetry books available and poets to sign ‘em.   And if poetry leaves you feeling hungry, come join us after that at the local Mexican on the corner.
Public Poetry events are all free, all ages, and everyone is welcome!  See you there.

Way To Go!

Posted November 8, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Join us in congratulating these past and present WITS writers and students:

Chuck Carlise’s new chapbook A Broken Escalator Still Isn’t Stairs is now available on Amazon.

WITS student Jasmine Davis, who works with WITS writer Melanie Malinowski, won Honorable Mention for her essay “My Life with Clorox” for the Kidney Times Essay Contest.

WITS Summer Camp teacher Aime Gallardo won the 2011 Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award.

Hannah Gamble won the National Poetry Series. Her book Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast will be published by Fence Books in 

News about Van Garrett’s trip to Latvia can be found on his website. Writers in the Schools supported this project through Amy Storrow at the Department of State. Van was featured in a TV story here.

Artist Raul Gonzalez (artist in residence with WITS) was the featured artist for Houston Community College Southwest’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Janine Joseph was named one of the Best New Poets of 2011.

Former WITS writer Marc McKee published a new book titled Fuse.  You can purchase your copy at amazon.com.

Executive Director Robin Reagler’s chapbook Dear Red Airplane was published  by Seven Kitchens Press.

Tria Wood and partner-in-art Tara Conley announced that their art installation, My Life as a Doll, will open at DiverseWorks on November 11th, 2011—that’s right, 11/11/11!