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 new monthly series designed for mentors, educators and community activists.
2016 PREEMPTIVE EDUCATION
CONFERENCE SERIES

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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
22 Jun 2016
Day 2
25 Jun 2016
Day 3
29 Sep 2016

Page Meets Stage: The Crossover

In Partnership with the popular New York City Reading Series Page Meets Stage, The Crossover is a quarterly event where fellows and writers associated with Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, Apicha Community Health Center and other like-minded organizations are paired with emerging teen poets from Urban Word NYC to engage in a reading and conversation about their works. Each event will pair voice of young artist with organizations that create space for and support the work of communities underrepresented in American letters.

Northeast Regional Slam

Come see the New York, Philladelphia, Washington D.C., Massachusetts, and Connecticut teams slam against each other and share their work in The Dweck Center at The Brooklyn Public Library.

Urban Word Presents Prom: Purple Reign

Urban Word NYC’s prom is coming up and we’re welcoming Urban Word Youth, Alums, Mentors, and Friends. Even if you’ve never heard of Urban Word NYC before, come through and check out how we party! Our theme this year is Purple Reign so come to slay. We’ll be serving drinks and food. Dress code is semi-formal, formal, casual, etc: anything that you’ll feel the best partying in. Tickets are $5 single tickets and $8 for a pair from 6-7pm. After 7pm tickets are $8 for singles and $10 for couples. (No one will be turned away). Come through to dance, spit bars, chill with new and old Urban Word poets June 23, 6-9 pm. Location is Backdrop Brooklyn. You’re never too old or young to celebrate prom!

Preemptive Education Conference

Urban Word NYC, the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development and Columbia University’s Teachers College present the 2016 Preemptive Education Conference, featuring a dynamic weekend training series that engages the best practices in arts-based pedagogy, social justice education and culturally responsive teaching. This year’s theme is Radical Joy & Self-Love in the Age of Black Lives Matter. The annual conference is 4-day experience designed for educators, mentors, administrators, guidance counselors, community leaders, education students, hip hop and spoken word educators and practitioners, and anyone committed to urban education.
 

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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