Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

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2014 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All-City Championship!

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2014 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All-City Championship
Saturday, April 26th 2014
1:30-4pm FREE

Gallagher Theater
University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center
1303 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85719

Southern Arizona’s most engaging youth poets return to the big stage for the 2014 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship on Saturday, April 26th at 1:30pm at the University of Arizona’s Gallagher Theater. Now in its fourth year, the Championship is a thrilling showcase of youth voice and is the largest spoken word contest of its kind in Tucson. This event is free to attend and will also feature a special performance by poet Yosimar Reyes of San Jose, CA. Who will be Tucson’s 2014 All-City Champion? Come find out!

Cost

We’ve worked hard to make the Championship FREE, but you should still bring money! We’ll be accepting donations (cash, check, credit card) and donations can be made tax-deductible if needed!

We will also have our limited edition 2014 TYPS Tshirt for sale ($15 – $20), as well as the new book from Spoken Futures Press, Tortoise Boy Speaks by Enrique García ($10 – $12).

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Yosimar Reyes

Our featured poet, Yosimar Reyes, is in Tucson for the very first time all the way from San Jose, CA!

Yosimar Reyes; “for colored boys that speak softly” from Corduroy Media on Vimeo.

From the Mountains of Guerrero, Mexico comes nationally acclaimed poet, Yosimar Reyes. Based out of San Jose, CA his style has been described as “a brave and vulnerable voice that shines light on the issues affecting Queer Immigrant Youth and the many disenfranchised communities in the U.S and throughout the world.”

Yosimar’s distinct style has managed to get him to perform and give lectures on stages and classrooms all over the United States (always representing East Side San Jose and his beautiful Mexico).

He holds the title for the 2005 as well as the 2006 South Bay teen Grand SLAM Champion, has been featured in the Documentary 2nd Verse: the Rebirth of Poetry. (2ndversefilm.com) And published in Mariposas: A Modern Anthology of Queer Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press) His words have open up concerts for Carlos Santana in his latest endeavor Architects of a New Dawn (Aoand.com)

At the age of 19 Yosimar is self-published his chapbook For Colored Boys Who speaks softly… and his currently working on his second publication.

When he is not rocking the stage with his Diva attitude you catch Yosimar waiting for the bus and sharing PALABRA with his Abuelita always breaking it down hood and speaking from a community spirit.

He currently lives in East Side San Jose

Parking

Parking at the 2nd St. Garage is $2 per hour. Plan on $6 for parking, cash and credit accepted.

Gallagher Theater

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Poet registration opens 3/15 and closes 4/19 11:59pm.
Registration is open to all poets who have competed in a TYPS Monthly during the 2013-2014 season. REGISTER HERERegistration is now closed.

For more information, write: info@TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org

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

Made possible in part by UA Gender & Women Studies, UA Cultural Centers, the Tucson Pima Arts Council, the Crossroads Collaborative, Casa Libre en la Solana, Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea and broad community support.

2014 TYPS All-City Championship – Poets

It’s official! The following poets are the 2014 TYPS Championship Poets who will be competing in the All-City Championship on Saturday April 26th at the Gallagher Theater in the UA Student Union!

These are Southern Arizona’s youth spoken word poets taking their art to the next level, don’t miss them.

  1. Eva S
  2. Lydia H
  3. Zoe K
  4. Emma A
  5. Jose M
  6. Estefania G
  7. Gabrielle G
  8. Jesus G
  9. Antonio H
  10. Maria G
  11. Jeremy A
  12. Valerie V
  13. Odalys C
  14. Rudy P
  15. Jacqueline F

In addition to performing in Saturday’s Championship, these poets will be participating in a week of workshops, VIP readings, a dinner, and more! Poets: check your email for details!

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- April 2014- Feat. Amy Juan!

THIS IS IT! Spring is our most exciting time of the TYPS season! Our last slam before the championships on April 26th! Poets, don’t miss out on practicing your poems! Audience, don’t miss out on some mind-blowing poetry! This month we have an amazing feature from Sells, Arizona repping the Tohono O’odham Nation, Amy Juan, who you do not wanna miss! Back for her second time as a DJ, be ready for the jams provided by DJ Jirasol! Everything is just around the corner! Get excited and don’t miss out!

Reminder: Sign-ups for the TYPS Championships will close after the slam on April 19th! Limited spots are available, so sign up ASAP!

SATURDAY APRIL 19th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
Taught by: Amy Juan

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ENRIQUE GARCIA AND ZACK TAYLOR!
Featured poets: AMY JUAN!

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway
near the UofA, across from McDonald’s, extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway.

A little about our feature:

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Amy Juan is a daughter of the Tohono O’odham Hemajkam, a lover of the stars and traditional O’odham
music. Her community involvement began in the feast houses baking bread with her grandma and currently exists in O’odham Rights and Sovereignty in resistance to Border Militarization, Traditional Foods, and Culture and Language revitalization. She has featured poetry in the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Tribal College Journal and throughout her community in which she shares experiences on “The Rez”, the O’odham way of life and messages of empowerment.

http://www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org/
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For more information: info@TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS) is made possible in part by generous support from: Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, The Crossroads Collaborative, Womens Foundation of Southern Arizona & UNIDAS, Tucson Pima Arts Council.

 

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, March 2014- Review

The TYPS 2013-14 season is coming down to the wire. Saturday, March 15was the penultimate slam before the championships, and it is easy to say now: this slam is ON FIRE!

At 5:00, poets were given an incredible workshop by the one and only Carlos Contreras, who came to us all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Carlos had us working with lines from our favorite songs, then had us create an “exquisite corpse”—a type of poem that is created by different lines of different poems, by different people. During his feature, he was joined by special guest Hakim Bellamy, who you may remember as our September feature! Hakim and Carlos shared fantastic pieces, about topics that varied from the Vietnam War to a fear of time (fact: that’s called chronomentrophobia).

Our eight competing poets brought the house down, as did our first time DJ, Jirasol! February slam winner Zoe K. graced the stage once again with a poem about the incredibly unfamiliar ocean, which you can see here.

As our season begins to wrap up, we must, as always, thank Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea for housing our slam, as well as our volunteer timekeeper, scorekeeper, and videographer. And of course, the entire Tucson Youth Poetry Slam could not be possible without our audience and supporters! Thank you so very much!

Congrats to this month’s winners!

Overall slam:

  1. Kendall Z.
  2. Jose M.
  3. Jackie F.

 

Please remember that April 19 is the LAST SLAM to participate in that qualifies you for our championships! Also, you can find out how to sign up for the championships here.

 

Check out videos from our winner and features!

 

 

Register for the 2014 TYPS Championship

Poets: we want you to perform in the Championship!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Closed 4/19

Poets interested in competing in the 2014 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship are asked to have competed in at least one regular monthly slam this season. If that’s you, please:

  1. first read the participant guidelines HERE
  2. then fill out the registration form HERE

You will receive an email once your slot in the Championship is confirmed.

Registration DEADLINE: Wed. 4/19 10pm

Confirmed poets:

  1. Eva S
  2. Lydia H
  3. Zoe K
  4. Emma A
  5. Jose M
  6. Estefania G
  7. Gabrielle G
  8. Jesus G
  9. Antonio H
  10. Maria G
  11. Jeremy A
  12. Valerie V
  13. Odalys C
  14. Rudy P
  15. Jacqueline F

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- March 2014- feat. Carlos Contreras!

Don’t miss out on one of the last slams before the championships next month! The buzz is bigger than ever! Get ready to follow this year’s Festival of Books and Poetry Out Loud state competition with yet another great TYPS Saturday.! This month, we have a returning feature from the TYPS 2013 Championship, Carlos Contreras! In the spotlight will be our lovely winner of last months slam, Zoe K! Also, you don’t wanna miss our first time music provider this month, DJ Jirasol! We’re on the last stretch of our season, don’t miss out!

SATURDAY March 15th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
Taught by: Carlos Contreras!

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ARACELI MONTAÑO & ZACK TAYLOR!
Featured poets: CARLOS CONTRERAS!
Spotlight poet: ZOE K.!

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway
near the UofA, across from McDonald’s, extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway

What our feature has to say about himself!:

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My name is Carlos Contreras. I have been twice recognized as a national champion performance poet. These days, I live and work in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I work as a local educator, who leads writing workshops in the adult jail facility at the Gordon Bernell Charter School, while at the same time teaching all levels of high school English. One of the things that I love about who I work with and for, is that those I work with see the passion I have for helping our community, and so yearly I am given time off to also provide services to the National Hispanic Cultural Center. At the NHCC I play host to the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Voces program, a writing institute for youth. It is experiences like that of teaching at such a young age, and working at the NHCC with the Voces program, that garnered me the honor of being awarded a 2012 Bravos Award, as an “Emerging Creative.” I dream of a world in which I can support myself solely by way of my art, until then I will continue to work at nurturing and honing my craft.

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For more information: info@TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS) is made possible in part by generous support from: Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, The Crossroads Collaborative, Womens Foundation of Southern Arizona & UNIDAS, Tucson Pima Arts Council.

In Memory: Rebecca L.

The TYPS family has lost a poet. Spoken Futures and everyone at TYPS sends their condolences and love to Rebecca’s family and friends. Rebecca graduated from Sunnyside High School where she participated in Liberation Lyrics. Let us all count our blessings and be thankful for being able to hear her words she shared.

 

 

ANNOUNCING: MARCH 2014 SLAM!

This is it– only two more seasonal slams before the championships! The second to last one will be on March 15, 2014. Our fiery hosts Araceli and Zack return once more to the stage, along with our March feature, Carlos Contreras. 

This will be Carlos’s third time featuring at TYPS, and he is coming all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico! To get you prepared for his absolutely amazing performances, here’s one from his feature at the September 2011 TYPS:

 

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, February 2014- Review

No poet was lonely the day after Valentine’s Day—they had TYPS!

Last weekend, we once again gathered at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea for the February slam. Our workshop was led by our feature, TYPS alumni Amy Briseno! Amy incorporated visual art into the work when she had the poets draw self-portraits—without looking in a mirror or at the camera in their phone. Then, she showed us how to write love letters to ourselves on our bad days, giving us all one giant confidence booster. During her feature showcase, Amy shared incredibly moving poems on the school system in Los Angeles and living in Tucson, as well as 20 love letters to herself (written right after her 21st birthday)!

During the slam, we had 10 competing poets, with three first timers. We also had special sorbets from elementary school-aged guests Margot and Tucson, and Amy’s mother Eloisa! DJ Queue once again joined us to share awesome tunes in between poems, too! January Slam winner Jose M. joined the stage for his second spotlight performance this season, sharing with us some incredibly wise advice for poets.

We all had an amazing time, and as always, it could not have been possible without Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, as well as our volunteer videographer, time keeper, and score keeper! And of course, a big thank you to our audience, who took part in our first ever Valentine exchange between the poets and the crowd!

Congrats to this month’s winners!

Overall slam:

  1. Zoe K.
  2. Lydia H.
  3. Gabi G.

First timer’s slam:

  1. Kameo H.

Check out these videos from our winner and feature!

And an announcement! TYPS officially has an Instagram! You can find our super cool pics at @TucsonYouthPoetrySlam!

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- February 2014- Feat. Amy Briseno!

Don’t know what to do for Valentine’s Day? No worries! Have a belated holiday with loved ones at the one and only Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (bring your date)! We welcome love in the form of poems, snaps, cheers, hugs and coffee! The flawless energy that filled Bentley’s last month will be greater than ever! Our youth will be showing the audience how much we appreciate them, so don’t miss out! Our very own TYPS veteran, Amy Briseno will be featuring for us! Jose M. will be presented as our spotlight poet for winning last months slam! And lets not forget our wonderful music provider – DJ Queue! It’s gonna be a night to remember and it’s all happening next Saturday!

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 15th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
Taught by: Amy Briseno

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ARACELI MONTAÑO & ZACK TAYLOR!
Featured poets: AMY BRISENO!
Spotlight poet: JOSE M!

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Amy Briseno is a veteran of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam. She started with the TYPS in December of 2010 as an extra credit opportunity and, while she did not even advance into the second round, fell in love with slam and continued to attend for the next three seasons. She has participated in writing programs such as Nuestra Voz, an after school writing program focusing on social justice, and has taught workshops along with other Spoken Futures staff including Sarah Gonzales, Alexia Vazquez and Enrique Garcia. In June 2012 she was awarded the Pima Business & Arts Council’s “Lumie” award for ‘Emerging Artist’ and has been featured in multiple media outlets such as the Arizona Daily Star and on Arizona Illustrated for her work with the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and Spoken Futures!

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway
near the UofA, across from McDonald’s, extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway

http://www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org/
http://www.youtube.com/user/TucsonYouthSlam
For more information: info@TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS) is made possible in part by generous support from: Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, The Crossroads Collaborative, Womens Foundation of Southern Arizona & UNIDAS, Tucson Pima Arts Council.

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