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.
After more than a decade in our historic Chelsea location on W. 27th St, we’re excited to announce that we’re transitioning into a new location in the equally wonderful Flatiron district, only a few streets over. While this move marks an exciting transition in the life of our growing org, moving is hard — especially when there are so many remarkable memories and communities and people attached to a space like ours. While we do plan to postpone onsite workshops as indicated for the week leading up to and immediately following the transition, the office will remain mostly open during normal business hours for those of you that wish to drop in, chop it up, take some photos, share a moment, a poem, a hug, take back that book you left here 8 years ago — you name it.
#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.