2017 WORDS ILLUMINATED BENEFIT CELEBRATION
Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30pm
Manny Cantor Center
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
25 Apr 2017
Day 2
26 Apr 2017
Day 3
27 Apr 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.

Emotional Historians with Jon Sands

How can we construct poems that acknowledge our complicated and dynamic world? How can we guide our readers into what it feels like to be us, alive in 2017? In this workshop, we will explore and produce poetry that reveals the full spectrum of human emotion. Bring a notebook, pen, and a sense of adventure, as we take our art to the edge of the universe, and bring back proof that we’ve been there.

Scribble Palace 🤸🏽‍♀️🖊

Welcome to Scribble Palace where visual art and poetry collide, where a doodle is worth a thousand words and the alphabet can be a painting. We’ll keep artist notebooks, study visual poets like Basquiat and Jenny Holzer, experiment with visual poetry, and create our own crossover where we fuse our art and our poetry. (All levels of artists are invited!)
 

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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