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.
#UWFirstDraft is a free, non-censored, open mic & weekly reading series sponsored by Urban Word NYC. It is open to all teen poets, musicians, MCs, Urban Word alumni, and mentors. We seek to provide a safe space for artistic expression, experimentation and development across all genres. First Draft is not a workshop nor a staged show. It’s the stepping stone in-between. It is open to artists of all mediums seeking to share their creative energy and unique perspective. All generations of the Urban Word community, past, present and future, are invited to share their voices, ideas and wisdom.
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.