Dear Houston Poet-Trees

Writers in the Schools (WITS) will transform trees into “poet-trees” throughout Buffalo Bayou Park for National Poetry Month in April. In response to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, WITS is offering a new theme of healing for the communal art project: “Dear Houston: Poems of Love from a City of Resilience.” The entire Houston community is invited to visit the poet-trees at Eleanor Tinsley Park and contribute their heartfelt poems, letters, wishes, and hopes.

The poet-trees, created in partnership with renowned Houston artist, Nicola Parente, will serve as a visual reminder of how our community has worked to rebuild itself over the past year. Wrapped in colorful materials symbolizing water, the trees will transform as visitors add their bright letters of hope to the installation. Visitors are encouraged to take pictures of their poems and share them on social media using the hashtag #poettree and tag @witshouston. Photos will be shared on the WITS Facebook page and Instagram.