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! Details are at www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org

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 at http://www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org.
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.

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!

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.

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.

ANNOUNCING: FEBRUARY 2014 SLAM!

During the “month of love”, we are coming back with another great slam! Hosted by our very own Araceli Montano and Zack Taylor, with a feature from TYPS alumni Amy Briseno! Sp

Join us on February 15, 2014 for a wonderful slam. As always: Workshop at 5:00, Community Meeting at 6:00, Slam at 7:00. Don’t miss it!

Here is a video of one of Amy’s performances!

 

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, January 2014- Review

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We have officially rung in the New Year with buckets and buckets of poetry!

On January 18th, we gathered at the lovely Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea for the first slam of the year. We had 13 competing poets grace the stage, 7 of which were first timers! (woop woop!)  We were also lucky to have our very own DJ Queue come back, with even more great beats– and this time, they came from vinyls!

This month, our feature was Aaron Johnson, the owner of Lawn Gnome Books and Publishing in Phoenix, a proud lefthander, and a harmonica player– who can beatbox at the same time! During the workshop, Aaron showed us how to write a “Million Dollar Haiku” and Fishbowl Poetry, and also shared some tips on how we can beatbox. During his feature performance, Aaron shared beautiful yet hysterical love and coming-of-age poems, and then came back in the second round to perform an extremely moving poem on Alzheimer’s.

As the winner of last month’s slam, Lydia H. was able to come right before Round 3 and read a new poem! You can see it here.

This was a great way to start off the year, and we are so lucky to have the support we do! As always, special thanks to Bentley’s for staying up late for us, as well as our volunteer time and score keepers, and videographers! Shouts out to our lovely hosts Araceli and Alexia, as well as our wonderful audience!

Congratultions to this month’s winners!

Overall slam:

1. Jose M.
2. Estefania G.
3. Maria G.

First timers’ slam:

1. Zoe K.

Check out these videos from our  feature and winner!

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