S211. Inspired by Wonder: A WITS Reading

Room 405, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Saturday, April 2, 2016
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Wonder, unfiltered curiosity, and deepened imagination open us up as writers to seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary. Writers who teach in schools or community classrooms often develop an unexpected symbiotic relationship in which students and writers inspire one another. This reading honors the imagination and the ways in which teaching can enhance the creative process. Four writers who have taught in WITS programs share work by a student and then read some of their own.



Renee Watson is a writer, educator, and performer. Her work explores social issues through the arts and helps young people cope with trauma. She has worked as a writer in residence teaching poetry and performance to young people and training educators on developing social justice curriculum.

Janine Joseph is the author of Driving Without a License, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize. Her commissioned work for the Houston Grand Opera/HGOco includes a libretto, From My Mother's Mother, and a song cycle, On This Muddy Water. She is an assistant professor of English at Weber State University.

Marc McKee is the author of three collections of poems: What Apocalypse?, Fuse, and Bewilderness. His work appears widely in journals like Boston Review, Conduit, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Southern Indiana Review, and others. He teaches at the University of Missouri.

Lacy M. Johnson is the author of The Other Side: A Memoir and Trespasses: A Memoir, and teaches interdisciplinary art at University of Houston.

Renee Daniel Flagler is an author, award-winning journalist, and teaching artist who develops creative writing curriculum for students in K–12. Renee is an advocate for empowering youth by influencing literacy in the United States and abroad and serves as the Board Chair for LEAP Global.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center