Meta-Four Houston


Meta-Four Houston, a program of Writers in the Schools (WITS), encourages self-expression and literacy among Houston’s youth through creative writing and performance.  WITS professional poets work with teens across the city during the school day and after-school, helping youth explore and express their truths through writing and performance workshops. THIS SPRING, youth poets will be selected through a series of poetry slams for a spot on the Meta-Four Houston team and a chance to represent Houston in the annual Brave New Voices International Festival.


Preliminary Slams:
Mercury: Fri, February 28 7:00 PM @ Hope Stone
Mars: Sat, March 8 2:00 PM @ Smith Neighborhood Library
Saturn: Fri, March 28 7:00 PM @ Leonel Castillo Neighborhood Center
Neptune: Sat, April 5 11:00 AM @ Stella Link Neighborhood Library 
Pluto | Wild Card: Tue, April 15 7:00 PM @ Ensemble Theatre
Sirius: Thur, April 17 | 10 AM @ Galena Park ISD Admin Building
Space City Grand Slam: Sat, April 26 6:30 PM @ Discovery Green
Youth ages 13-19 are invited to compete in the Space City Slams. The winners from the preliminary slams will compete in the Space City Grand Slam for a spot on the Meta-Four Houston team and a chance to represent Houston at the Brave New Voices International competition. 


The 2013 Meta-Four Houston team: Terell Cloud, Jennifer Layer, Tiffany Ike, Sarah Portugal, Jordan Simpson, and Daniel Ortiz.

Congratulations to our 2013 Meta-Four Houston team who won first place in the Texas Youth Poetry Slam and just got back from Chicago where they made us proud at Brave New Voices this August. #BNV201

Listen to Meta-Four Houston on Houston Matters and check out their live performance at TEDxHouston 2013!


Meta-Four(th) Fridays are Back!

Writers in the School will host Meta-Four(th) Fridays, a free writing and performance workshop, at Hope Stone Houston the fourth Friday of the month from 7-9 PM. Students ages 12-19 are welcome! 

1210 West Clay St #26, Houston, TX 77019 (entrance directly across the street from 1111 Van Buren). Parking is available at 1111 Van Buren with a parking permit (ask the front desk for one), or on the street.

2014 Dates:

February 28, April 25, May 23, June 27


Meta-Four Houston, a program of WITS, is generously supported by:


The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance

Texas Commission on the Arts

ExxonMobil Foundation

Houston Public Library

Society for the Performing Art

Discovery Green

Hope Stone Inc.

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

United Airlines