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Poetry Contest for High School Students

Poetry Contest for High School Students



River Styx 2014 Founder’s Award

The River Styx Founder’s Award is an annual poetry contest for high school students. Winner recieves $150 prize, with full scholarship to the Medina Workshop for High School Students.

Submissions open now!

  • Entrants may include up to five original poems on separate pieces of paper.
  • Poems should be titled and should not include the student’s name on the poems…

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Monday Morning Courage

Monday Morning Courage Gaby

Photo credit: MrGaryLarson




Getting started today is going to take some muscles,
like the kind you need to get through a triathlon.
Getting started today is going to take some heart,
like crawling on your knees to the top of Mt. Everest.
Getting started today is going to take a miracle,
like a bunch of miracles all tied together.
How on earth am I going to do this?
Dig deep and keep…

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Grab your pencil!

Writers use words to share secrets, explore new ideas, champion a cause, connect with friends, experiment with language, argue a case, describe their feelings, entertain themselves, and more!

Ode to Tacos Del Julio

Ode to Tacos Del Julio

Ode to Tacos Del Julio Julio
Ode to Tacos Del Julio Julio

Photo credit: Ercwttmn

Oh, tacos del Julio, you are the object of my nine lives!

You are always hot and ready!

You always taste so good because I made you!

You are easy to cook.

Compared to you, tacos mios, pizza has too much cheese

And fries taste like salt!

I want everything made out of tacos!

I want it to rain tacos mios!

Oh, tacos, how I love you!

by Julio, 4th grade


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Tennessee Song of Myself

Tennessee Song of Myself

Tennessee Song of Myself Kenly
Tennessee Song of Myself Kenly

Photo credit: (Matt)

I am the dark blue river
the stars in the black night
the elephant rider in the night
the wind moving in the trees
the cave in the black mountain
the deer frolicking in the forest
the rabbit awake at night
I am the house alone in the moonlight
the pages of the worn down book
the farmer smelling the oranges
I am the dark corner in the closet
the color purple on the wall

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Neptune Slam This Saturday

Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Meta-Four Houston will host the Neptune Slam on Saturday, April 4th, at 11 am.

April is National Poetry Month!

Tomorrow is the start of Poem a Day, a month-long celebration of poetry by Houston children. 

WITS Students Perform with Meta-Four Houston

WITS students from Kashmere Gardens Elementary and Meta-Four Houston will participate in the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival this Saturday, March 29th, at 3 PM.  

Poet-to-Poet Project


Poetry_MonthCalling all poets in grades 3-12! Below is an exciting opportunity from our friends at Poets.org:

For National Poetry Month 2014, we introduce Poet-to-Poet, a multimedia educational project that invites young people in grades 3-12 to write poems in response to those shared by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors: Poet Laureate of…

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CUPSI Reflection by Joshua Nguyen, Meta-Four Alum 2008-2012

CUPSI Reflection by Joshua Nguyen, Meta-Four Alum 2008-2012



Tuesday, March 11th

My team, UT Spitshine, left the Austin Airport at about 10 am. I brought a poetry book called “Donkey Gospel” that my coach Sam Sax had given me which allowed me to pass the time on the airplane, I also had two tests to study for. My team consists of Ariana Brown and Arati Warrier, both previous TheySpeak Austin youth poets. Also on my team were Loyce Gayo and Joseph “Atlas”…

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Saturn Slam: March 28th @ 7 PM

Saturn Slam: March 28th @ 7 PM

metafour 413The 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 Worksh…

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Apply Today for Teen Creative Writing Residency

Apply Today for Teen Creative Writing Residency

your_word_teenWonderful opportunity for teen writers through the Atlantic Center for the Arts!

Program Dates: July 20 – August 2, 2014    (APPLICATION DEADLINE March 28, 2014)

Master Artists:
Poetry - John Murillo
Creative Nonfiction - Kelle Groom
Fiction- Elizabeth Hand

Atlantic Center for the Arts’ your word Teen Creative WritingResidency is a one-of-a-kind, multi-genre summer writing residency that offers…

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