Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

The young voices of Southern Arizona

Author: Araceli Montaño

7th Annual TYPS Championships at Spoken Futures Showcase!

The TYPS Championships is going to be part of an even bigger festival called the Spoken Futures Showcase in which Spoken Futures Inc. will be showcasing all of our programs such as TYPS, Liberation Lyrics, Kaleidoscope, and published books from Spoken Futures Press!

Our showcase will be located in the Gallagher Theater of the UA Student Union – a 300 seat venue! We’re expecting it to be packed with our biggest audience yet! If there is any event that you don’t want to miss, it’s definitely this one!

Completely free! But we do suggest bringing cash for donations and merch! We do accept credit cards as well!

SATURDAY April 15th!

Showcase: 1:00-3:30pm
Hosted by: ARACELI M. and EVA S!
Feature: TOLUWANIMI OBIWOLE!
Music: DJ JIRASOL

1303 East University Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85719
At the University of Arizona Student Union (Food Court) in Gallagher Theatre! The closest parking garage will be the 2nd Street Garage and all parking is FREE on weekends!
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam is a program of Spoken Futures, Inc.!

Check out the Facebook event here! RSVP on the event page and share!
http://www.youtube.com/user/TucsonYouthSlam

For more information contact co-directors:
Logan Phillips: lphillips@tucsonyouthpoetryslam.org
Sarah Gonzales: sgonzales@tucsonyouthpoetryslam.org

Spoken Futures Press Releases a New Book!

Presenting the fourth publication by Spoken Futures Press: the debut poetry collection of Araceli Montaño and Alexia Vazquez!

Hustlin’ Hermanas embraces the lives of two Xicanas navigating day-to-day spaces as chingonas from Southside Tucson – showcasing what the hustle looks like! Their voices speak to queerness, feminism, navigating borders, undocumented status, language, youth, fuerza and so much more.

Alexia and Araceli will perform poems from the book, plus special guest poets, music, dancing, and a night for community!

FREE & ALL AGES! Hustlin’ Hermanas will be available to purchase!
This event will take place at La Pilita Cultural Center, 420 S. Main Ave.
We will also be accepting donations!

“A woman who writes has power, and a woman with power is feared.” -Gloria Anzaldúa

Alexia and Araceli are both TYPS alumni that competed in slams and performed at various community events until they aged out. After that, they both began working with Spoken Futures as teaching artists and continue to hold down spaces for youth!

It’s Been A While!

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve made any updates on our website here including slams, slam reviews and other announcements or events! We at Spoken Futures have been working really hard to make sure our programming is on par for all of our youth participants and community members! March and April are busy months for the organization as a whole and there’s a ton of exciting stuff going on so keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page!

Here’s a list of just a few upcoming events, links, and people you can contact should you have any further questions!

Liberation Lyrics
Saturday, February 25th/March 25th (Every 4th Saturday after TYPS)
3-5pm at La Pilita (420 S. Main)
An innovative social justice program which uses spoken word poetry as a tool to help participants better recognize and understand the systems at work in their communities! We hold a workshop to dialogue and write about the way how our life experiences are part of a greater context!
Contact: Erik Loya, kevlove50@gmail.com

Queer Youth Art Showcase (QYAS)
Saturday, March 4th
5pm at La Pilita (420 S. Main)
At this event we’ll have a queer youth writing and performance workshop, a queer youth open mic AND a drag show! All participants are queer youth under 21! Find out more at the Facebook event here!
Contact: Zack Taylor, kscope.az@gmail.com

TYPS Showcase @ The Tucson Festival of Books
Saturday, March 11
1pm at the SBS Tent located on the UA Mall
Every year we’re asked to perform for TFOB, but it just gets bigger and better every year! This event is always great fun and a way to showcase you poetry in a setting outside of Bentley’s Coffee House! Join the Facebook event here!
We still have slots open for this event, all youth poets who participate will receive a small stipend and points toward their overall season score! (If you need a refresher on the score system, find that post here!)
Contact: Eva Sierra, sierra.eva97@gmail.com or Araceli Montaño, amontano@tucsonyouthpoetryslam.com

TYPS Monthly
Saturday, March 18 
5pm workshop, 7pm slam!
You know the drill! We’ll post more about the slam once it gets closer, but if you have any questions regarding the TYPS at all, please contact Eva or Araceli (emails are above).

Like our Spoken Futures page and programs here:

Spoken Futures
website: http://www.spokenfutures.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpokenFutures/

TYPShttps://www.facebook.com/groups/tucsonyouthslam/

Kaleidoscope: https://www.facebook.com/kscopeaz/

 

Thank you all and hope to see you real soon at all of our upcoming events! We appreciate you so much and just know that these programs would be nowhere without the work our youth put in! Go team!

PS. If you would like to get involved with any of the programs above, please reach out! All of our staff members started off as “just” poets once too, and have done amazing things like travel, organize, teach, plan, and learn plenty of skills that are bound to help their future goals! We look forward to hearing from ya’ll! 

2016-2017 TYPS Season Kickoff 9/17/2016!

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Our SEVENTH season (!) kicks off in a on Saturday, September 17th at Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea!

We’re excited to be back and see all of the lovely faces of poets, family, volunteers, friends and our community! It’s going to be our biggest season yet! (And we say that every year!) You will not want to miss out!

Reminder: The TYPS is always free, but we recommend you bring some funds for coffee and donations (suggested $5)!

P.S. It’s Arizona Football season and there will be a home game going on! Our advice is to arrive as early as possible, carpool, take the streetcar (Sunlink!) or walk some distance! We don’t wanna miss your faces!

P.S.S. We have been having more slammers than we have room to accommodate, which is a good problem to have because it means TYPS is hot! But, just keep in mind we will absolutely be limiting to 15 poets for each slam and we have a specific system for these spots. We will explain more at the slam, but don’t be late!

It all goes down soon!

SATURDAY September 17th!
SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by: EVA S and LOGAN PHILLIPS!
Music: DJ JIRASOL!

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway

Near the UofA, across from Mcdonalds! Extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway.

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam is a program of Spoken Futures, Inc.!

http://www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org/

http://www.youtube.com/user/TucsonYouthSlam

TYPS Season Point System, 2016-2017

Our biggest event of the entire year is the TYPS Season Championship, coming April 2017. In order to qualify to perform at the Championship, we use the Season Points System. For every time you participate in the slam or some outside events, you score Season Points. The 15 poets with the highest number of points from the whole season will be invited to compete in the Season Championship in April.

This is how you earn Season Points, 2016-2017:

  • Competing in a TYPS Monthly: 1 point
  • Placing First in a TYPS Monthly: 3 points
  • Placing Second: 2 pts
  • Placing Third: 1 pt
  • Highest Scoring First Timer: 1 pt
  • Performing as Spotlight Point (winner of previous slam): 1 pt
  • Volunteering at a TYPS Monthly: 1 pt
  • Participating in a Spoken Futures community event (outside of TYPS Monthly): 1 pt

The Spoken Futures Staff will keep track of the Season Points System, and will have your total number of Season Points upon request at a Monthly slam. We also hope to keep a running tally here on the website. More info on that soon!
Please let us know if you have any questions!

Summer Review!

Oh no! Our website systems were under maintenance for a while! Here’s an update about what went down for the summer at TYPS!

We have finished our summer slams! *cue trumpets*
This month we had some themes that broke some rules. We had the cover slam in May where competitors were able to plagiarize famous poets, rappers, and each other. In June we the costume slam. Usually poets aren’t allowed to use props or slam poems about a persona while dressed as that persona. We had youth slam in costume about being a ghost, a TARDIS, and our host, Araceli, dressed up as Sailor Mars! Our July slam theme was the identity slam. We heard the empowering voices of gender, queer, and racial identities. Our last summer slam, August, had the theme of music! Usually we do not allow music to be played while poets slam, but we threw that out last month. Poets slammed to the stylings of Taylor Swift instrumentals, See You Again by Wiz Khalifa, and even more.

These summer slam were a total success. Usually we don’t get a lot of participants over the summer but we had a lot of slammers, audience members, and even donations. Huge thank you to everyone who supported us this summer. We can’t wait to get started with our SIXTH season. Our kickoff is going to be our biggest yet. (I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for six years already!) This season we are going to introduce a lot of changes including a point system, guidelines, and sign ups. Please watch our blog and the rest of our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) to get the latest updates!

We can’t wait for an amazing 6th season!

2015-2016 Season!

Here comes our sixth season! Please read the full rules & info, including our new Community Guidelines & Safety Statement and Season Points System!

Sept 19 • Oct 17 • Nov 21 • Dec 12 (2nd Saturday) • Jan 16 • Feb 20 • Mar 16
2016 ALL-CITY CHAMPIONSHIP: Saturday April 16, location TBA

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Announcing the Season Points System!

Our biggest event of the entire year is the TYPS Season Championship, coming April 2016. This year, in order to qualify to perform at the Championship, we have a new Season Points System. For every time you place in the slam, you score Season Points. The 15 poets with the highest number of points from the whole season will be invited to compete in the Season Championship in April.

This is how you earn Season Points, 2015-2016

  • Placing First in a TYPS Monthly:………………………………3 points
  • Placing Second:……………………………………………………..2 pts
  • Placing Third:…………………………………………………………1 pt
  • Placing First as a First Timer: ……………………………..1 pt
  • Performing as Spotlight Point (winner of prev slam):………1 pt
  • Volunteering at a TYPS Monthly:………………………………1 pt
  • Participating in a community event (outside of TYPS Monthly):…1 pt

The Spoken Futures Staff will keep track of the Season Points System, and will have your total number of Season Points upon request at a Monthly slam. We also hope to keep a running tally here on the website. More info on that soon!

 
Please let us know if you have any questions!

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!

 

Baby You’re Beautiful

It’s Araceli Montaño here! This post is for the girl from Douglas High School who wanted a copy of my “Baby You’re Beautiful” poem. I’m sorry I couldn’t get your name, but I appreciate you coming out and supporting what we do! Also, I was highly flattered by your comments and hope you were inspired to write something of your own! Thank you again!

Baby You’re Beautiful

Araceli Montaño

Rainbows and lollipops, smiles and gumdrops.
THAT is the sugar coated wall of defense built to protect this little girl;
the one with black pigtail braids and blue marked bruises
that lie upon her skin.

She sits- swinging herself at the park allowing the air to caress her face
and wipe away
her tears wondering why, daddy doesn’t love her
and instead of leaving her presents he leaves
her scars-
marks…that make her doubt innocent existence at 6 years old.

Baby You’re Beautiful.

Make up and perfect hair, tight clothes and sexy underwear;
the facade put on by every teenage girl, the ones who lay in bed at night and contemplate
to Lord Jesus Christ- “Why, couldn’t you make me perfect?”
Their pride should come from their inner genes, not the size of their jeans;
but fear of not having the curves of a coca-cola bottle or skin as flawless as Victoria Secret models
puts up the barrier that reads: Please accept me.

But Baby You’re Beautiful!

And for the seventeen year old girl whose mind is that of a boy,
but restrictions take over like strings of a marionette puppet,
pulling her back from saying the words
she’s afraid will leave her abandoned.
Closest friends, don’t have a clue- and every time she hears the words “gay, homo, crook-ed,”
her heart skips ten beats and she realizes why she just can’t be herself

But Baby You’re Beautiful!

So the next time, that you look at yourself in the mirror and face the only person that you will ever be- accept, the imperfectly perfect person that stares you down.
Embrace, every component that makes you different and forget, every heart-stabbing look of judgmental eyes that don’t deserve to take sight upon you.
Disregard, every ear-aching word flying from lips undeserving of one kiss and tell the reflection of your new self from your old:

Baby You’re Beautiful.

-Araceli Montano