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Summer melting into Fall a perfect morning letting the wind wash over you on the porch. Lime Ice reminds you that the sweaty days are over. You enter the realm of cool breezes. Gleeful children run through the streets laughing, returning home to dinner, garden fresh.   by Lila, 5th grade

Letter from the Director

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Dear WITS Family, Finally the rain has ended in Houston. The storm has affected each of us in some way, even those of us lucky enough to avoid flood waters. After five days of mad precipitation, the deluge transformed into mist and disappeared. That’s when I noticed my Instagram feed was populated with hundreds of… Read more »


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Death is not a tall figure dressed in black. It doesn’t have an intimidating black cloak or a skull for a face, and it doesn’t bear a scythe to kill you. We shouldn’t have to see Death as this monster, this scary, violent, ruthless monster. Maybe if we saw Death in a different light, not… Read more »

My Diary of the Human Form

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Day One The human form communicates with the mouth. Day Two The human form has a very round head. Day Three The human form has body types. Day Four The human form has different types of fun and toys. Day Five Their planet has grass. They have cheeseburgers and fries. They have weird names like… Read more »

The Warrior

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  The fire beside her was freshly Lit and crackling. He stood there, Above her sleeping body, Quiet and waiting, Waiting for her to awake from her Peaceful sleep. The last Dose of sunlight shone On her face. Before, he too, Went to sleep for the night, He stood there thinking, Thinking of what chaos… Read more »

When I Become President

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  I am going to help the world and make machines that make food for poor people. I am going to do everything that I can to give them money. I will make more money, help schools, help teachers, and help others. I will help insects and animals living on the street, help babies, help… Read more »

Meta-Four Houston Celebrates 10th Year

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At 7 p.m. on Sunday, half an hour before the Meta-Four Houston vs. Houston VIP Send-Off Slam was set to begin, the performance space at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH) was already nearly full of families, friends, and fans awaiting an evening of pulse-pounding, breathtaking poetry. The Send-Off Slam, part of a yearly… Read more »

My Name

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My name is all the numbers because I don’t have a favorite.   My name is silver because it is shiny and is in Slytherin.   My name loves vegetarian cooking that makes me hungry.   My name is the peaceful sound of the sea and the sound of a stormy sea.   My name… Read more »

Analicia Sotelo’s Houston Reading 5/27/17

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WITS Communications Strategist Analicia Sotelo will read from her new chapbook, Nonstop Godhead, on Friday 7pm at Brazos Bookstore. She will be joined by WITS Board Member Roberto Tejada and WITS Writer Beth Lyons. Nonstop Godhead recently won a fellowship award from the Poetry Society of America. It was selected by Rigoberto Gonzalez. Sotelo’s first full-length book,… Read more »

Fiction Writing Contest for Young Texans

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The Annual Fresh Ink Writing Contest is now accepting submissions. Texas students in middle and high school may apply. Here’s some information from their site: Winners receive a cash prize: $250 for first place, $100 for second, and $50 for third. In addition, winners are awarded a plaque, have their stories published on the TBF… Read more »

U.S. Poet Laureate To Visit Houston

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April is National Poetry Month, and U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera will make a special Houston visit on Wednesday, April 19th. Herrera is the son of migrant farmers. He has published 30 books in his illustrious career, and he was named the first Mexican-American U.S. Poet Laureate in 2015. The University of Houston – Downtown… Read more »

When I Write

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  A poem is like a volcano trying to erupt. A story is like a wild unknown animal, yet to be discovered. A play is like a crazy zombie apocalypse. Because zombies are dumb and funny, wearing crazy hats. When I write, I feel like a maze that has a-maze-ing ideas. When I write, I… Read more »

Happy National Puppy Day

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On the occasion of National Puppy Day, we thought we’d republish a letter from our Executive Director, Robin Reagler, celebrating all that we love and learn from our pets. It was originally published in the WITS newsletter, A New Leaf, in 2001. My dog Jake is not a great writer, and yet he has managed… Read more »

Danez Smith Workshop for Houston Youth

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When: Saturday, January 21 at 4 PM – 6 PM Who: Danez Smith What: A FREE writing workshop for Houston youth Where: The Pilot on Navigation 5102 Navigation Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011 preceding the Meta-Four Houston Poetry Slam at 7 pm For more information, click here. Brought to you by Writers in the Schools (WITS)