Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

The young voices of Southern Arizona

It’s Been A While!

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve made any updates on our website here including slams, slam reviews and other announcements or events! We at Spoken Futures have been working really hard to make sure our programming is on par for all of our youth participants and community members! March and April are busy months for the organization as a whole and there’s a ton of exciting stuff going on so keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page!

Here’s a list of just a few upcoming events, links, and people you can contact should you have any further questions!

Liberation Lyrics
Saturday, February 25th/March 25th (Every 4th Saturday after TYPS)
3-5pm at La Pilita (420 S. Main)
An innovative social justice program which uses spoken word poetry as a tool to help participants better recognize and understand the systems at work in their communities! We hold a workshop to dialogue and write about the way how our life experiences are part of a greater context!
Contact: Erik Loya, kevlove50@gmail.com

Queer Youth Art Showcase (QYAS)
Saturday, March 4th
5pm at La Pilita (420 S. Main)
At this event we’ll have a queer youth writing and performance workshop, a queer youth open mic AND a drag show! All participants are queer youth under 21! Find out more at the Facebook event here!
Contact: Zack Taylor, kscope.az@gmail.com

TYPS Showcase @ The Tucson Festival of Books
Saturday, March 11
1pm at the SBS Tent located on the UA Mall
Every year we’re asked to perform for TFOB, but it just gets bigger and better every year! This event is always great fun and a way to showcase you poetry in a setting outside of Bentley’s Coffee House! Join the Facebook event here!
We still have slots open for this event, all youth poets who participate will receive a small stipend and points toward their overall season score! (If you need a refresher on the score system, find that post here!)
Contact: Eva Sierra, sierra.eva97@gmail.com or Araceli Montaño, amontano@tucsonyouthpoetryslam.com

TYPS Monthly
Saturday, March 18 
5pm workshop, 7pm slam!
You know the drill! We’ll post more about the slam once it gets closer, but if you have any questions regarding the TYPS at all, please contact Eva or Araceli (emails are above).

Like our Spoken Futures page and programs here:

Spoken Futures
website: http://www.spokenfutures.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpokenFutures/

TYPShttps://www.facebook.com/groups/tucsonyouthslam/

Kaleidoscope: https://www.facebook.com/kscopeaz/

 

Thank you all and hope to see you real soon at all of our upcoming events! We appreciate you so much and just know that these programs would be nowhere without the work our youth put in! Go team!

PS. If you would like to get involved with any of the programs above, please reach out! All of our staff members started off as “just” poets once too, and have done amazing things like travel, organize, teach, plan, and learn plenty of skills that are bound to help their future goals! We look forward to hearing from ya’ll! 

2016-2017 TYPS Season Kickoff 9/17/2016!

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Our SEVENTH season (!) kicks off in a on Saturday, September 17th at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea!

We’re excited to be back and see all of the lovely faces of poets, family, volunteers, friends and our community! It’s going to be our biggest season yet! (And we say that every year!) You will not want to miss out!

Reminder: The TYPS is always free, but we recommend you bring some funds for coffee and donations (suggested $5)!

P.S. It’s Arizona Football season and there will be a home game going on! Our advice is to arrive as early as possible, carpool, take the streetcar (Sunlink!) or walk some distance! We don’t wanna miss your faces!

P.S.S. We have been having more slammers than we have room to accommodate, which is a good problem to have because it means TYPS is hot! But, just keep in mind we will absolutely be limiting to 15 poets for each slam and we have a specific system for these spots. We will explain more at the slam, but don’t be late!

It all goes down soon!

SATURDAY September 17th!
SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by: EVA S and LOGAN PHILLIPS!
Music: DJ JIRASOL!

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway

Near the UofA, across from Mcdonalds! Extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway.

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam is a program of Spoken Futures, Inc.!

http://www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org/

http://www.youtube.com/user/TucsonYouthSlam

TYPS Season Point System, 2016-2017

Our biggest event of the entire year is the TYPS Season Championship, coming April 2017. In order to qualify to perform at the Championship, we use the Season Points System. For every time you participate in the slam or some outside events, you score Season Points. The 15 poets with the highest number of points from the whole season will be invited to compete in the Season Championship in April.

This is how you earn Season Points, 2016-2017:

  • Competing in a TYPS Monthly: 1 point
  • Placing First in a TYPS Monthly: 3 points
  • Placing Second: 2 pts
  • Placing Third: 1 pt
  • Highest Scoring First Timer: 1 pt
  • Performing as Spotlight Point (winner of previous slam): 1 pt
  • Volunteering at a TYPS Monthly: 1 pt
  • Participating in a Spoken Futures community event (outside of TYPS Monthly): 1 pt

The Spoken Futures Staff will keep track of the Season Points System, and will have your total number of Season Points upon request at a Monthly slam. We also hope to keep a running tally here on the website. More info on that soon!
Please let us know if you have any questions!

Save the date! 2016 TYPS All-City Championship 4/16!

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2016 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All-City Championship!

Saturday, April 16, 2016. Gallagher Theater, UA Student Union.

Be there!

More information on sign-ups for TYPS poets coming soon!

TYPS Showcase at 2016 Tucson Festival of Books!

Come hear a special performance by TYPS poets at the Tucson Festival of Books! 2:30pm Saturday 3/12 SBS tent. Youth voice on blast in Tucson!

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Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, September 2015- Review

By Eva Sierra and Lydia Havens

September 19th was our 2015 – 2016 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam season kick-off!

Much like last year, it was a hit!

The crowd filled up Bently’s and before we knew it, half of the crowd was standing. We made over $500 in donations–which we are so thankful for!

The night started off with a workshop led by Tomas Stanton, co-founder of Phoenix’s youth slam, Phonetic Spit. Tomas had the poets write about abstract concepts (love, hate, privilege, fear, etc.) in their work. Many poets shared their work with the entire group, and soon enough, everybody was pumped!

The enthusiasm was then fueled by the community meeting! After a rather social ice breaker, Spoken Futures staff introduced a number of new concepts for this 6th season of TYPS. (Six seasons!) First are the new guidelines and safety statement that were created to keep TYPS a safe space. You can read those here.

Second, is the new point system? Whaaaaat? Just about every other slam has a point system of sorts so we applied that method to TYPS. This is used to determine who qualifies for the championships and it is based on slamming, placing, volunteering, and participating in community events! You can learn all about that here.

At 6:55, fifteen poets (many first timers) made their way outside of Bentley’s to go over slam rules and unite for the all-important TYPS High-Five. Poets spilled blood and literal tears in a night on feminism, culture, love, and everything inbetween. Nights like this are a reminder that youth voice is a staple in our communities.

Overall the slam was an incredible, enlightening, and full of love. Audience members actively approached poets with appreciation for their works. We would like to express our absolute gratitude to Bentley’s House of Coffee and tea for staying open late for us and making this possible. We would also like to thank our volunteers and of course all of those in attendance. Your donations are appreciated and your support is what keeps this youth space growing.

Congratulations to this month’s winners!

Overall slam:

  1. Ty
  2. Jenni
  3. Bianca L.

First timer’s slam:

  1. Brittany B.

Our next slam will be on Saturday, October 17th! Same time, same place. Hope to see you there! In the meantime, check out this video from our winner!

Summer Review!

Oh no! Our website systems were under maintenance for a while! Here’s an update about what went down for the summer at TYPS!

We have finished our summer slams! *cue trumpets*
This month we had some themes that broke some rules. We had the cover slam in May where competitors were able to plagiarize famous poets, rappers, and each other. In June we the costume slam. Usually poets aren’t allowed to use props or slam poems about a persona while dressed as that persona. We had youth slam in costume about being a ghost, a TARDIS, and our host, Araceli, dressed up as Sailor Mars! Our July slam theme was the identity slam. We heard the empowering voices of gender, queer, and racial identities. Our last summer slam, August, had the theme of music! Usually we do not allow music to be played while poets slam, but we threw that out last month. Poets slammed to the stylings of Taylor Swift instrumentals, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa, and even more.

These summer slam were a total success. Usually we don’t get a lot of participants over the summer but we had a lot of slammers, audience members, and even donations. Huge thank you to everyone who supported us this summer. We can’t wait to get started with our SIXTH season. Our kickoff is going to be our biggest yet. (I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for six years already!) This season we are going to introduce a lot of changes including a point system, guidelines, and sign ups. Please watch our blog and the rest of our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to get the latest updates!

We can’t wait for an amazing 6th season!

2015-2016 Season!

Here comes our sixth season! Please read the full rules & info, including our new Community Guidelines & Safety Statement and Season Points System!

Sept 19 • Oct 17 • Nov 21 • Dec 12 (2nd Saturday) • Jan 16 • Feb 20 • Mar 16
2016 ALL-CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday April 16, location TBA

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Announcing the Season Points System!

Our biggest event of the entire year is the TYPS Season Championship, coming April 2016. This year, in order to qualify to perform at the Championship, we have a new Season Points System. For every time you place in the slam, you score Season Points. The 15 poets with the highest number of points from the whole season will be invited to compete in the Season Championship in April.

This is how you earn Season Points, 2015-2016

  • Placing First in a TYPS Monthly:………………………………3 points
  • Placing Second:……………………………………………………..2 pts
  • Placing Third:…………………………………………………………1 pt
  • Placing First as a First Timer: ……………………………..1 pt
  • Performing as Spotlight Point (winner of prev slam):………1 pt
  • Volunteering at a TYPS Monthly:………………………………1 pt
  • Participating in a community event (outside of TYPS Monthly):…1 pt

The Spoken Futures Staff will keep track of the Season Points System, and will have your total number of Season Points upon request at a Monthly slam. We also hope to keep a running tally here on the website. More info on that soon!

 
Please let us know if you have any questions!

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, May 2015 (Cover Slam)- Review

May Slam review by special guest blogger Zack Taylor

 

May was the Cover Slam which means the summer has officially started!  During the summer we give you a chance to break rules and poets were able to plagiarize and perform other poets works! We had poets recite the works of Megan Falley, Kendrick Lamar, and Beck Cooper!

 

Prior to the slam, the hosts, Eva and myself, ran a workshop about perspectives of celebrities, book characters, TV personalities, super heroes, and even alter egos to get everyone prepared for June’s Cosplay Slam.

 

DJ Dirtyverbs kicked off the night right with some cumbia hip hop remixes and the slam was on! We had a total of ten poets signed up with five first-timers. Eva, our host and new reigning TYPS champ, was our spotlight feature and covered poems by even yours truly!

 

Remember, we love first timers but we need second timers to keep coming as well! We are so pleased to have so many first timers every month but without second timers (and third timers, and fourth, and so on) TYPS wouldn’t continue grow. We need all of you!

 

I would like to give a big thank you to our volunteers; DJ Dirtyverbs, Araceli, Jose, Sarah, Maya, Eva, the judges, and the baristas at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea.

 

Winners:

1st Alex K.

2nd Cecilia

3rd Carmela

 

Highest Scoring First Timer:

Sarah P.

The next summer slams:

-June 20th: Cosplay slam
-July 18th: Identity slam (we’ll cover this in the June workshop)
-August 15th: Music slam

See you soon!

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