For the first time, the voice of Tucson will be heard on a national stage at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Held in a different city every year, this July six poets from the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam will be traveling to San Francisco to compete in the judged poetry competition––this year the TYPS is the only team from Arizona that has been accepted to compete.

The six poets who will be representing the TYPS community at Brave New Voices in 2012 are:

  • Araceli, 18, Sunnyside HS
  • Alexia, 19, Pima Community College
  • Zack, 17, Sunnyside HS
  • Kay, 16, homeschool
  • Sam, 18, Tucson Magnet HS
  • Enrique, 17, Pueblo HS

Coached by Director Logan Phillips and Community Coordinator Sarah Gonzales, these poets were selected for the honor based off of their placement in the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship, held at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in April, as well as their evident dedication to community and leadership.
The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam advocates literacy, critical thinking and youth voice through poetry competitions, workshops and community showcases.  The program recently celebrated the end of its second season and regularly collaborates with diverse organizations across Tucson. The monthly poetry slam competition is open to all youth 19 & under and is held every 3rd Saturday at Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, 1730 E Speedway. Crowds at the TYPS regularly top 100 people.

UPDATE! Bout schedule!

  • BNV International Youth Poetry Slam Quarter Finals BOUT 6
    • Tucson, Miami, Bermuda, Baton Rouge, Wisconsin
    • Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)
    • The Marsh Arts Center – Mainstage 2120 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
    • GET TICKETS (free)
       
  • BNV International Youth Poetry Slam Quarter Finals BOUT 12
    • Tucson, Leeds, Albuquerque, Houston, Seattle
    • Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PT)
    • David Brower Center – Tamalpais Room (2nd Floor) 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
    • GET TICKETS (free)