AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE
YOUTH LITERARY ARTS MOVEMENT
IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1999
Nkosi Nkululeko, 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate
Announcing The
2017 NYC Youth Poet Laureate
Sharon Lin
See Her Poem Here
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FEATURED IN COMMERCIAL
2016 SLAM TEAM MEMBER
IMANI DAVIS
Urban Word NYC and the NYC Department of Education Team up to Produce the Nation's Largest City-Wide Middle School Poetry Slam
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OUR MISSION
Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth
by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development
and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college
preparation and performance opportunities.

UPCOMING EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

Day 1
21 Feb 2017
Day 2
22 Feb 2017
Day 3
23 Feb 2017

Tea Time with Paul Tran

Do you need a space to vent, relax, or work on some art? Join us for Tea Time with Urban Word NYC’s Poet-in-Residence, Paul Tran. During this hourlong workshop, participants are invited to share space, build community, and/ or work on art. Come learn how to develop your chapbooks and get published, or come play Connect Four and talk about whatever is on your mind.

First Draft Open Mic Featuring Sergio Jimenez

#UWFirstDraft is a free, non-censored, open mic & weekly reading series sponsored by Urban Word NYC. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, Urban Word alumni, and mentors. We seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. First Draft is not a workshop nor a staged show. It’s the stepping stone in-between. It is open to artists of all mediums seeking to share their creative energy and unique perspective. All generations of the Urban Word community, past, present and future, are invited to share their voices, ideas and wisdom.  

Slam School with Ashley August

We’ve all had that moment! When you reveal to someone that you’re a performance artist (rapper, poet, singer, actor, etc.) and their first response is, “Lemme hear somthin’.” Now you are presented with one of two options: ignore their request and instead inform them that your art comes with a price or………. LET THEM HEAR SOMETHIN’. This workshop is birthed out of a desire to prepare you should you choose the latter!

Poetry, Protest, and Poster Making with Jess X. Snow

Are you interested in creating art that can be used for social movements? Do you want to talk about movement making and art making? Do art and activism intersect for you? Do you love multiple artistic mediums? This workshop is for you? Led by Jess X. Snow, participants will write political poems, and they will create posters from their work. Along the way, they will read and discuss poems, political texts, posters, and more. 
 

Each year, Urban Word champions the voices of more than25,000New York City teens in the art of spoken word poetry.

THIS VOICE IS ALL I HAVE.
I REALLY AND TRULY BELIEVE
THAT POETRY IS SAVING MY LIFE.
Nia Johnson, Student

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