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!
“It’s easier to love myself in metaphor than fact
I know when the slam is over
when I am alone
staring at self naked in mirror
I still will not be able to say I love you to the reflection
for now I am a love poem being written
calluses scrawling into valentines
laugh lines mouthing “I love yous”
a work in progress”
— Jade Cho, Oakland
Register for Teen Poetry Slam 2013 TODAY at http://youthspeaksslam13.eventbrite.com/ and share your story — the world is waiting to hear you.
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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!