First Annual Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship
April 30th, 2011, University of Arizona Poetry Center
A program of Ocotillo Literary Endeavors
Featuring Roger Bonair-Agard & hosted by Maya Asher & Logan Phillips

Made possible with the generous support of the UA Poetry Center, the Every Voice in Action Foundation and Nuestra Voz.

Nineteen of Tucson’s best youth poets came together for the first-ever all-city championship on a beautiful sunny afternoon! The event was the culmination of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam’s (TYPS) inaugural 2010-2011 season, and also the grand finale of the UA Poetry Center’s “Young at Art” festival. Seven different high schools from all sides of the city were represented on the mic. Months in the making, the championship showcased the amazing power and positive energy of the TYPS for all to see.

Thanks to the poets; and to our supporters & volunteers: Teresa Dawn Driver, Taylor Johnson, DJ Carl Hanni, Andrea Marafino, Sarah Gonzales, Cebele Knowles, Renee Angle, Kurt Fischer, Myrlin Hepworth, Howard Smith and many more.

Video of the entire event is here, part of the TYPS YouTube channel.

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship 2011 Results:


  1. Darian Gorman 87.0
  2. Enrique García 86.7
  3. Araceli Montaño 86.6
    Runners up:

  1. Cynthia “Twitchy” Altamirano 86.5
  2. Amy Briseño 86.1
    Also participating:

  • Ryan Velasquez
  • Jonny Williams
  • Sabina Prijic
  • Francisco Mejia
  • Antonio Corral
  • Juliana Briseño
  • Caitlynn Weymann
  • Clarissa Holguin
  • Asiya Mir
  • Shane Grey
  • Jennifer Schmidt
  • Luis Borboa
  • Alexia Vasquez
  • Aaron Guillen
  • Amber Hough