AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE
YOUTH LITERARY ARTS MOVEMENT
IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1999
Nkosi Nkululeko, 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate
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Our Annual Conference designed for mentors, educators and community activists.
2017 PREEMPTIVE EDUCATION
CONFERENCE
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
25 Sep 2017
Day 2
28 Sep 2017
Day 3
29 Sep 2017

Got Bars? with Chris Belmont

Award-winning producer Chris Belmont will help you step your pen and melody game up in preparation to record in our new studio! Workshops will alternate weekly between “Pre-Production Sessions” to write & get your work ready and “Production Sessions” where you will get to record your creation. Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Spoken Word, all genres welcome!

Spark, Flame, Fire with Roya Marsh

A supportive space to develop new work & performance skills. This workshop, led by Poet-In-Residence Roya Marsh, is for writers of all levels. Sessions will focus on work of LGBTQ artists of color. Workshops will incorporate readings, exercises in literary memoir, poetry, music & more. Participating writers will develop methods of constructive critique and strategies for incorporating writing in their everyday lives. First hour will deal with writing and the second will be based on performance.

Creatively College Bound

This program is geared towards high school juniors & seniors who want their creative critical voice to soar over the tedium of the college application process. Using spoken word and hip-hop as inspiration, we will write high-quality college application essays and explore numerous scholarship opportunities. This workshop will put you on track to get into college, and earn scholarships.
 

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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