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
23 Mar 2017
Day 2
24 Mar 2017
Day 3
01 Apr 2017

Old and New: a Town Hall led by the UW Youth Board ft Alumni

We welcome you to our event Old and New, a Town Hall led by Urban Word NYC’s Youth Board feat. Urban Word Alum. We are spreading the LOVE from back then to now, bringing together Urban Word NYC’s Alumni and new members finding out what makes Urban Word now and what made it back then. This is also an opportunity to talk to alumnis and get to know what it’s like in the adult poetry and rap world, and learn how we can reach our own excellence. Come vibe, chill and talk in our space to UW’s Alumni and the 2016-2017 Youth Board members.

Urban Word NYC’s Annual Teen Poetry Slam Preliminary #4

19th Annual Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Slam Preliminaries: Urban Word NYC Hosted by Paul Tran NYC’s hottest teen poets compete for a chance to represent New York City at the Brave New Voices National Teen Poetry Festival in the Bay Area. Teen poets compete to advance to the Grand Slam Finals on Saturday, April 22nd at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater to qualify for Nationals. Come support the voices of the next generation, as they take the stage and speak their mind!To enter, poets must be 13-19 years old, and signup atwww.urbanwordnyc.org or show up. First come first serve. Audience members are encouraged to come early, as seating is limited. Tickets are $5 for Teens and $7 for Adults. Tickets Available at the door!

#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!
 

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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