NYC YOUTH POETRY SLAM

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Our annual poetry slam programs are among the most rigorous and competitive in the country, and we’ve ranked among the top 5 teams in the nation for each of the past 11 years. 


GEARING UP FOR THE 21ST ANNUAL NYC TEEN POETRY GRAND SLAM FINALS @ THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER

We know you’ve been waiting for it — we’re (finally!) ready to bring you Urban Word’s 21st Annual Teen Poetry Slam!

Participate for a chance to:

  • Perform on stage at the legendary Apollo Theater Sat, April 6, 2019!

  • Join our Teen Slam Team and represent NYC at the Brave New Voices National Poetry Festival

  • Win an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete against teens from all over the country!

  • REGISTRATION WILL OPEN HERE ON JANUARY 14, 2019!


FULL SLAM SCHEDULE

Preliminary Slams — 6pm – 8pm
Mon, March 4
Wed, March 6
Fri, March 8
Mon, March 11
Fri, March 15

Semi-Final Slams — 6pm – 8pm
Mon, March 25
Wed, March 27
Fri, March 29

Grand Slam Finals — 6pm – 8pm
Sat, April 6, 2019

Hosted by UW Artistic Director, Mahogany L. Browne!

Locations To Be Announced!

 
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CALLING ALL TEEN LYRICISTS, POETS, RAPPERS, AND WRITERS OF THE CREATIVELY INCLINED CATEGORY — IF YOU’VE GOT THE GIFT OF WORDS AND ARE READY TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD, SIGN UP FOR A PRELIMINARY SLAM!

To qualify, you must fall between the ages of 13-19. If you are already 19 years old, your birthday MUST be after 7/1/2000. You will not be able to enter the competition if you turn 20 before the Brave New Voices competition in Summer 2019.

In our Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Slam we honor all styles of poetry, spoken word, hip-hop and manifesto. We will open applications to the 2019 slam in January. Please stay tuned!


If you can find it in your schedule, you may also want to consider taking one of our Student Workshops.

 

PHOTO RECAP

 

2017 SLAM TEAM

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Solomon Mussing

Student

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Devin Johnson

Student

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Chelsea Allison

Student

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Natalia Mercedes Rodriguez

Student

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Kevin Gonzalez

Student


POETRY SLAM SPONSORS


Corporate sponosrship opportunuties are available for this
event. To inquire, email development@urbanwordnyc.org