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
24 Jul 2017

Summer Institute

Urban Word NYC’s Summer Institute is the perfect place to hone your skills as a writer and performer! This two-week long writing, revision, and performance intensive camp allows students to work with incredible poets who have toured the globe, had their work published, competed and won national poetry slams, and more. In addition to working on their craft, participants will build community with one another and explore what joy and celebration mean in an era fraught with political terror and danger. This camp is perfect for any teenager aged 13-19 who is interested in being a part of a nurturing, creative community here in New York City.
 

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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