AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE
YOUTH LITERARY ARTS MOVEMENT
IN THE UNITED STATES SINCE 1999
Nkosi Nkululeko, 2016 NYC Youth Poet Laureate
Saturday, April 16 / 6pm / Apollo Theater
18th Annual Urban Word NYC
Teen Poetry Slam
UPCOMING FEATURED EVENT
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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
19 Apr 2016
Day 2
08 Jun 2016
Day 3
29 Sep 2016

Writing Workshops

  Our workshops are FREE and designed to encourage brave and creative expression in the literary arts.and performance. In 12 sessions, you will explore the written and oral traditions of poetry, rap and hip-hop forms, song lyrics, writing for political/social change, and more. Every workshop is a place to get feedback and new ideas, and provides a real, diverse, and supportive community of young writers and performers.

Annual Benefit

Urban Word’s annual benefit gives our supporters the opportunity to experience the power of our youth writing and performance programs. Work will be showcased in live performance, projections and literary surprises from mentors and alum.

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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