THANK YOU to every poet who poured their heart on stage this past Saturday at the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals. We were all transformed by your truth and inspired by the example you set. The stories that were shared reminded us of the pain we carry but also of our resilience and collective strength. We held space for one another to speak, unmasked, and dared to love. Take time to reach out and continue the dialogue these poems provoke in us — they mark the beginning of a journey that stretches before us.

THANK YOU to every poet who poured their heart on stage this past Saturday at the 17th Annual Youth Speaks Grand Slam Finals. We were all transformed by your truth and inspired by the example you set. The stories that were shared reminded us of the pain we carry but also of our resilience and collective strength. We held space for one another to speak, unmasked, and dared to love. Take time to reach out and continue the dialogue these poems provoke in us — they mark the beginning of a journey that stretches before us.

Here is a glimpse into Teen Poetry Slam 2013 at a preliminary bout in San Francisco at Mama Art Cafe on Saturday afternoon. Shout out to every poet who left their heart on the stage. Our deepest gratitude to every parent, mentor, guardian, friend and loved one who made this process possible. Go to www.youthspeaks.org for a full schedule of Teen Poetry Slam 2013 and be sure to check out our Semi-Final bouts and Grand Slam Finals! Follow us on Instagram at instagram.com/youthspeaks.

Teen Poetry Slam 2013 kicks off TODAY with preliminary bouts in San Francisco (5+7PM) at 826 Valencia and in Berkeley (7PM) at Subterranean Arthouse. Visit Youth Speaks for a full schedule and come out to support the Bay Area’s brave and brilliant young poets! 

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A glimpse into the Unified District Poetry Slam preliminaries held at the San Francisco Public Library. 
The event is a team slam, with each participating school having a team of 4-6 poets. The District Slam event is open to schools beyond San Francisco and Oakland: schools from across the East Bay, North Bay, and Peninsula are invited to send a team to the Greater Bay Slam preliminary bout! Spots are limited, and priority is given to schools with Youth Speaks residencies and/or SLAM clubs.
The top-scoring schools from each bout move on to perform for the title of UDPS Slam Champion!
Come to the UDPS Grand Slam Finals :: 5PM-7PM | Friday, March 1, 2013 @ San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium.

A glimpse into the Unified District Poetry Slam preliminaries held at the San Francisco Public Library. 

The event is a team slam, with each participating school having a team of 4-6 poets. The District Slam event is open to schools beyond San Francisco and Oakland: schools from across the East Bay, North Bay, and Peninsula are invited to send a team to the Greater Bay Slam preliminary bout! Spots are limited, and priority is given to schools with Youth Speaks residencies and/or SLAM clubs.

The top-scoring schools from each bout move on to perform for the title of UDPS Slam Champion!

Come to the UDPS Grand Slam Finals :: 5PM-7PM | Friday, March 1, 2013 @ San Francisco Public Library, Koret Auditorium.

Every year, Youth Speaks presents over 500 hours of free writing and performance workshops to hundreds of teenagers in locations across the Bay Area. A place for artistic and critical growth, the free writing and performance workshops focus on different aspects of writing, from fiction, playwriting, and poetry, to performance, desktop publishing, and poetry slam.Workshops are taught by leading poets, writers, spoken word artists, and cultural activists, and typically run in 5 to 10-week blocks. Each workshop is open to any teen 13 – 19 years old (unless otherwise noted). All workshops are free and no registration is necessary.

Visit http://www.youthspeaks.org for more information!