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!)