NYC YOUTH POETRY SLAM

Our annual poetry slam programs are among the most rigorous
and competitive in the country, and we’ve ranked among the
top 5 teams in the nation for each of the past 11 years.

GEARING UP FOR THE 20TH ANNUAL NYC TEEN POETRY GRAND SLAM FINALS @ THE LEGENDARY APOLLO THEATER

We know you’ve been waiting for it — we’re (finally!) ready to bring you Urban Word’s 20th Annual Teen Poetry Slam!

Participate for a chance to:

  • Perform on stage at the legendary Apollo Theater Sat, April 14, 2018!

  • Join our Teen Slam Team and represent NYC at the Brave New Voices National Poetry Festival

  • Win an all-expenses-paid trip to Chicago to compete against teens from all over the country

    REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

 

REGISTER HERE

 

Full Slam Season Schedule and Locations

 

Preliminary Rounds

(FREE TO ATTEND)

 

Monday, March 5th | The Poetry Project | 131 E 10th St, NY NY | 7-9pm

March 8th | Weeksville Community Center | 1640 Pacific Street, Brooklyn NY | 6-8pm

March 12th | The Point | 940 Garrison Ave, Bronx NY | 6-8pm

March 15th | Urban Word NYC | 5 W 19th St 3R NY NY | 6-8pm

 

Semi-Final Rounds

(FREE TO ATTEND)

 

March 23rd | Urban Word NYC’s Office | 5 W 19th St, New York, NY | 6-8pm

March 26th, Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library | 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY | 6-8pm

March 28th | Urban Word NYC | 5 W 19th St 3R, New York, NY | 6-8pm

 

NYC Grand Slam Finals

Hosted by Alumni Aja Monet

Saturday, April 14th

6-8pm

Apollo Theater

253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

$12 Teens, $15 Adults

 

PURCHASE SLAM TICKETS HERE

 

FAQ

CALLING ALL TEEN LYRICISTS, POETS, RAPPERS, AND WRITERS OF THE CREATIVELY INCLINED CATEGORY — IF YOU’VE GOT THE GIFT OF WORDS AND ARE READY TO SHARE IT WITH THE WORLD, SIGN UP FOR A PRELIMINARY SLAM!

To qualify, you must fall between the ages of 13-19. If you are already 19 years old, your birthday MUST be after 7/1/1999. You will not be able to enter the competition if you turn 20 before the Brave New Voices competition in Summer 2018.

In our Urban Word NYC Teen Poetry Slam we honor all styles of poetry, spoken word, hip-hop and manifesto. We will open applications to the 2018 slam in January. Please stay tuned!

If you can find it in your schedule, you may also want to consider taking one of our Student Workshops.

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2017 SLAM TEAM

Solomon Mussing
Student
Chelsea Allison
Student
Kevin Gonzalez
Student

Devin Johnson
Student
Natalia Mercedes Rodriguez
Student

POETRY SLAM SPONSORS

Corporate sponosrship opportunuties are available for this
event. To inquire, email development@urbanwordnyc.org