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
01 Apr 2017
Day 2
03 Apr 2017
Day 3
05 Apr 2017

#UWPPD | Creatively College Bound: Spoken Word and College Preparation

In conjunction with Urban Word NYC’s popular Preemptive Education Conference, these monthly professional development sessions explore some of the most relevant themes and innovative practices in contemporary American education. These carefully curated sessions are facilitated by Urban Word NYC’s most dynamic and experienced  practitioners, and open to all teachers, artists, youth workers and advocates. Please join us every first Saturday of the month at Hunter College!

Urban Word NYC’s Teen Poetry Slam Semifinal #1

19th Annual Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Slam Semifinal #1 Hosted by Ashley August 5-7pm FREE The Brooklyn Public Library–Dweck Cultural Center 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238 NYC’s hottest teen poets compete for a chance to advance to the Grand Slam Finals on Saturday, April 22nd at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater (get your tickets now at www.urbanwordnyc.org). This event will be packed, so get there early to support the voices of our city as they slam for a slot in the finals, and to represent NYC at the Brave New Voices National Teen Poetry Festival in The Bay Area.

Urban Word NYC’s Teen Poetry Slam Semifinal #2

19th Annual Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Slam Semifinals: Harlem Stage Hosted by Steven Willis NYC’s hottest teen poets compete for a chance to advance to the Grand Slam Finals on Saturday, April 22nd at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater (get your tickets now at www.urbanwordnyc.org). This event will be packed, so get there early to support the voices of our city as they slam for a slot in the finals, and to represent NYC at the Brave New Voices National Teen Poetry Festival in The Bay Area. Tickets are $5 for Teens and $7 for Adults. Tickets Available at the door!
 

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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