Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

The young voices of Southern Arizona

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, October 2014- Review

The October Tucson Youth Poetry Slam was a night full of tricks AND treats, just in time for Halloween! Breaking even more records in a night full of amazing poetry, this was a night we are glad we did not miss!

Poets started out at 5:00 PM with a workshop led by the feature,Tere Fowler-Chapman. The prompt asked what exactly went “bump” in the night, and the answers were haunting. Tere also got the poets to practice performing their own writing. We really loved that! During Tere’s feature, she dropped wisdom on topics such as love, growing up, and racism.

The slam itself had a whopping THIRTEEN poets competing, TEN of which were first-timers! Each and every one of them shared poems that were absolutely from the heart, and amazing. A total of 22 poems from competitors that night gave the audience insight on everything from mothers to substance abuse to the science of the body to cars! This slam was the definition of bravery. It reminded us all that Tucson Youth Poetry Slam is a community. We are a family.

As always, we must give all of our thanks to our volunteers working the camera, scorekeeping and timekeeping. Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea: MUCHAS GRACIAS for housing our slam and serving us the most wonderful food and drink. And, of course, thank you to everybody who attended! You are our backbone, our absolute foundation of support. Without you, we wouldn’t have broken ANOTHER attendance and donation record, with the second consecutive standing-room-only audience, AND a total of $404 made in donations!

Congratulations to this month’s winners!

Overall Slam:

  1. Cecilia M.
  2. Louie V.
  3. Lydia H.

First Timers’ Slam:

  1. Anna C.

Our next slam is Saturday, November 15th! Same time, same place! Until then, check out these videos from our feature and winner!

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, September 2014 (Season Kick Off)- Review

At the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam’s 2014-2015 Season Kick Off this past Saturday…

WE BROKE RECORDS!

With a crowd of over 100 that went all the way to the very back of Bentley’s, eight first-timers,  AND a whopping $500 funded in donations, we made history, and it’s all thanks to YOU!

We started it all off with a workshop run by our feature, Marc David Pinate, a national slam champion and now a local theater artist. Marc led our poets in a free write exercise before having them read and analyze the poem You Bring Out the Mexican in Me by Sandra Cisneros, followed by more writing.  Marc’s feature after Round One was both hilarious and moving, tackling topics such as Spanish Mass and Rumi.

The season kicked off with eleven competing poets, and each one of them spilled their heart across that stage. Poems about science, racism, mediums, the definition of “real problems”, and so much more! Bentley’s was full of snaps, claps and cheers! To keep our energy going, DJ Queue and DJ Jira-Soul spun the coolest mixes thru the night.

The September slam was a full-blown example of what community is about and what it does. We here at TYPS are so grateful for each and every one of our supporters. We thank Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea for staying open late and allowing so many people to come in. Thank you to our volunteers who video, keep time and score. As always, we show great gratitude to everyone who attended in full force! Your donations are appreciated and your support is what keeps this youth space growing.

Congratulations to this month’s winners!

Overall slam:

 

  1. Cecilia M.

  2. Eva S.

  3. Lydia H.

 

First timer’s slam:

 

  1. Bryce P.

 

Our next slam will be on Saturday, October 18th! Same time, same place. Hope to see you there! In the meantime, check out this video from our winner!

2014-2015 Season Kickoff!

Saturday, September 20th!

Our fourth season (!) kicks off in a big way on Saturday, September 20th at Bentley’s. This is the perfect opportunity for new poets to get involved and for experienced poets to bring new work. Poet, director, and performer Marc David Pinate will be in the house!

Hosted by Araceli Montaño (TYPS Program Coordinator) and Logan Phillips (Codirector, Spoken Futures) Sat. 9/20. 5pm workshop, 7pm poetry slam. Open to all. Free (donations accepted). Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea 1730 E Speedway Blvd.

Please help us spread the word!

  1. Personally invite a poet you know, or just someone who would like to hear some amazing spoken word.
  2. Join the Facebook Event.
  3. Forward this email.
  4. You can download the poster here.
  5. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram.
  6. Join the TYPS Facebook Group.

Not to be missed!

Poem for Michael Brown, Written by Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

To Mike Brown’s parents,
our condolences.

Rest In Power
Michael Brown

The media says they are dropping the truth on us like it’s a case of bombs,

when in fact,
the bombs are still in the media’s hands.
They brought out a whole new war tool:
lies

that make your eyes burn,
falseness
that cuts off your oxygen.

White washed is the journalism
covering black revolution.

We all saw the news
colored hands reaching for the sky
don’t shoot.

Killed by a man whose job is to protect and serve
failed to serve
made no efforts to protect.

Excuses flood the why
people ask “why are you so angry?”
as if the askers don’t read
don’t see the “no, don’t shoot”
don’t see others not being treated like human beings.

As if being human is an error
an excuse for a trigger.

Let’s go back to the beginning,
the one we often seem to forget,
the one we keep in the past,
but keeps on repeating history itself.

Mike Brown is not the past.

He is now.
like
every
boy
and
girl
before
him.

Mike’s name in every mouth,
presente.

Hear our cry for justice
rain
down,
mend broken bonds
humanity’s hum
in our eardrums.

Society
can treat us
less than human.
To deal with pain, trauma, loss of life
you have to become
more than human.

We stand in solidarity with Mike Brown, his family and all of Ferguson.
May our noise,
our yells,
our protest of this inhumanity
be heard
from Tucson to Ferguson.

With love,
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, July 2014- Review

July Summer Slam Packed!

For the July Summer Slam, TYPS held its first ever Costume Slam! Check out the videos to see all the amazing and creative costumes and the poetry that went along with it.  If you missed it, here is a rundown of the night:

Hosts Alexia V. and Gabi G. led an amazing writing workshop, followed by a community meeting where poets talk about how they are involved in the community and help to make decisions for upcoming slams. Then Alexia and Gabi led us into an evening full of energy and creativity!

The July slam had 10 competing poets, half of which were first timers! Poets were able to gain an extra half a point on their scores if they were in costume. Whether a poet was reading a persona poem, or just something they were working on at the time, they brought Bentley’s an out-of-this-world energy!

Big thank you’s to our volunteers: videographer, timekeeper, and scorekeeper, as well as TYPS Coordinator Araceli for both live-tweeting AND DJ-ing! As always, we are incredibly thankful to our venue, Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, for staying open late for us and being lovely as ever.

Congrats to this month’s winners!

Overall slam:

1. Lydia H.
2. Zoe K.
3. Eva S.

First timer’s slam:

1. Leena G.

Our very last summer slam of 2014 will be AUGUST 16TH! The theme will be: DUET SLAM, as suggested in our community meeting! Come with a partner to spit some poems with, OR come by yourself and we’ll pair you up with someone!

Enjoy this video from our July Slam winner!

TYPS 2014 Summer Slams Begin!

Get ready for a Summer full of hot poems! Our Summer slams are from May-August, which are the months before our official season kick-off in September! During the summer, we incorporate different themes into the slams to get your creative side out and try something new! Also, we will have new hosts every month to welcome onto the stage! So, without further ado, here are the dates and themes for the TYPS 2014 Summer Slams!

May 17th – Cover Slam!

June 21st – Laugh/Humor Slam!

July 19th – Costume/Cosplay Slam!

August 16th – Duo / duet slam!

The themes are different than what you’re used to, but will be different and fun to work with! They will each be explained in further detail once the event information is posted every month! I hope you guys are excited, cause the staff at Spoken Futures sure is!

 

“10 Commandments of Being Mexican” by Jose Martinez


Poem performed at the 2014 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All-City Championship

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- Fourth Annual All City Championships- Review

AMAZING.

It’s the only word to accurately describe the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam’s All City Championships. What a great way to end the 2013-14 season! We couldn’t have had such a spectacular season without YOU, our supporters.

The 4th Annual Championship took place Saturday, April 26th at the Gallagher Theatre at the University of Arizona. Eleven youth poets took the mic and over 150 audience members cheered them on. Poets educated us on everything from war, heritage, growing up, first loves, plane crashes, being tall to drug addiction and religion vs. science. Add into the mix Enrique reading

from his book, Tortoise Boy Says and the incredible featured poet, Yosimar Reyes from San Jose with poems about growing up undocumented and ideas of revolutionary love—the power of poetry never stopped!

The Championships were full of new and exciting additions as well. We had our first group of guest judges who are 5 deeply talented members of the Tucson community. Many thanks to Leilani Clark, Marc David Piñate, Tyler Meier, Maria Moore and Ana Rodriguez for keeping the judging on point!

Also new was the Spark Plug Award given to a community member who goes above and beyond their support of Spoken Futures and youth voice. This year’s award recipient was Mr. Kurt Fischer, a long time supporter of TYPS programming at Sunnyside High School!

Thank you from the bottom and top of our hearts to everyone who slammed, who supported, who bought t-shirts/books and made donations and all our volunteers who make an event like this possible. We are moved by your generosity.

To our Spoken Futures Staff—we are beyond proud of your accomplishments! Big props to Ara, Zack, Enrique, Alexia, Lydia and Jose for your countless hours of volunteer work.

Finally…..drum roll please…..your Tucson Youth Poetry Slam 4th Annual Championship poets!

  1. Jose M. (1st place)
  2. Eva S.
  3. Estefania G.
  4. Jackie F.
  5. Lydia H. (2nd place)
  6. Zoe K.
  7. Jesus G.
  8. Antonio H.
  9. Valerie V. (3rd place)
  10. Gabi G.
  11. Maria G.

See you at the summer slams!

 —Sarah and Logan

(with contributions from Lydia, resident TYPS blogger!)

The TYPS as reported by the Fronteras Desk at KJZZ

Eva S. Foto: Frida Espinoza Cárdenas

Eva S. Foto: Frida Espinoza Cárdenas

Hear the full story online here!

Teens Tackle Tough Topics At Tucson Poetry Slam
By  Jude Joffe-Block
April 30, 2014

TUCSON — There’s a trend catching on with teenagers in Southern Arizona that is making their English teachers happy. Poetry — spoken word poetry — has a growing following in high schools.

Eleven teenagers recently competed in Tucson’s youth poetry slam championship. The contenders included a broad-shouldered 18-year-old named Jose Manuel Martinez.

“This is not your everyday poetry,” Jose said. “It is a lot more fun. It is active. It is crowd involving. You get up there and you get hyped.”

Jose has been participating in monthly workshops and slams put on by the Tucson nonprofit organization Spoken Futures.

The organization’s events are open to kids ages nine to 19. Some 90 young poets, coming from 15 schools, participated in Spoken Futures slams during the last year, according to organizers.

Today is the culmination. The championship slam.

“I used to be in so many sports, and then now I don’t do sports,” Jose said. “But I get the same adrenaline up here on the mic.”

About 150 people filled an auditorium on the University of Arizona’s campus to watch the competition. Five judges in the front row scored each poem on a 10-point scale.

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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

Park at the 2nd St. Garage––Free!

Gallagher Theater

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.

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