Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

The young voices of Southern Arizona

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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.

2014 TYPS All-City Championship – Poets

It’s official! The following poets are the 2014 TYPS Championship Poets who will be competing in the All-City Championship on Saturday April 26th at the Gallagher Theater in the UA Student Union!

These are Southern Arizona’s youth spoken word poets taking their art to the next level, don’t miss them.

  1. Eva S
  2. Lydia H
  3. Zoe K
  4. Emma A
  5. Jose M
  6. Estefania G
  7. Gabrielle G
  8. Jesus G
  9. Antonio H
  10. Maria G
  11. Jeremy A
  12. Valerie V
  13. Odalys C
  14. Rudy P
  15. Jacqueline F

In addition to performing in Saturday’s Championship, these poets will be participating in a week of workshops, VIP readings, a dinner, and more! Poets: check your email for details!

Register for the 2014 TYPS Championship

Poets: we want you to perform in the Championship!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Closed 4/19

Poets interested in competing in the 2014 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship are asked to have competed in at least one regular monthly slam this season. If that’s you, please:

  1. first read the participant guidelines HERE
  2. then fill out the registration form HERE

You will receive an email once your slot in the Championship is confirmed.

Registration DEADLINE: Wed. 4/19 10pm

Confirmed poets:

  1. Eva S
  2. Lydia H
  3. Zoe K
  4. Emma A
  5. Jose M
  6. Estefania G
  7. Gabrielle G
  8. Jesus G
  9. Antonio H
  10. Maria G
  11. Jeremy A
  12. Valerie V
  13. Odalys C
  14. Rudy P
  15. Jacqueline F

2013-2014 SEASON KICKOFF ft. Hakim Bellamy!

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The TYPS returns for our FOURTH SEASON, bigger and better than ever! Our SEASON KICKOFF will feature a performance from Albuquerque’s first-ever poet laureate, HAKIM BELLAMY––in a first-ever performance in Tucson!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting 5:00-6:30pm
Led by HAKIM BELLAMY!

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ARACELI MONTAÑO & LOGAN PHILLIPS!
Featured poet: HAKIM BELLAMY!

As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), Hakim Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in Albuquerque inner-city buses and numerous anthologies. Bellamy was recognized as an honorable mention for the University of New Mexico Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize for his work as a community organizer and journalist in 2007, and was awarded the Emerging Creative Bravos Award by Creative Albuquerque this year. Recently, Bellamy was named Local iQ’s “Best Poet” for the fourth consecutive year on their annual Smart List, and he has been named “Best Poet” in the Weekly Alibi’s annual Best of Burque poll every year since 2010.

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway
near the UofA, across from McDonald’s, extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway

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May Summer Slam 2013 – Cover Slam!

It’s getting HOT in the coffee house! Summer is here and we’re welcoming it with the only way we know how: with the sweet gift of POETRY! And this summer we’re adding our own little twist: This summer each slam will have its own theme that will give every poet the chance to earn a little something extra! And we’re kicking it off~

SATURDAY, MAY 18th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting 5:00-6:30pm
Workshop led by Spoken Futures Inc.!

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-10:00pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by Amy Briseño & Lydia H.!

This Month we’re kicking it off with a COVER SLAM!
Slam or remix someone else’s poetry or even just draw inspiration from another author! As with all themes, this one is optional, so you can slam your own work just like always. But if you cover another poet, you’ll be rewarded with +0.5 points!

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway
near the UofA, across from McDonald’s, extra parking behind the building and in the UA lot on Cherry & Speedway

2013 Summer Slams:

  • May – Cover Slam
  • June – Storytelling Slam
  • July – Technology Slam
  • August – Bilingual Slam

Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!

For more information: info@TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS) is made possible in part by generous support from:
Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, The Crossroads Collaborative, Womens Foundation of Southern Arizona & UNIDAS, UA Poetry Center, Tucson Pima Arts Council.

2013 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All-City Championship!

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2013 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All-City Championship!

Saturday April 20th, 2013
1:00 pm FREE!

University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St (at Vine Ave) MAP: http://g.co/maps/snvcv

See the event on Facebook.

YOU HAVEN’T HEARD THIS POETRY, and now is your chance! Tucson’s most dynamic poets 18 & under rock the mic in an audience-judged competition. The event will feature a performance by nationally-recognized performance poet CARLOS CONTRERAS of Albuquerque! The event will also mark the book release of LIBERATION LYRICS written by local students studying pressing social issues through original poetry.

Poet registration opens 3/16 and closes 4/17 11:59pm. Registration is open to all poets who have competed in a TYPS Monthly during the 2012-2013 season. For more information, contact us.

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and Liberation Lyrics are programs of Spoken Futures, Inc.

Made possible in part by the UA Poetry Center, 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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Poet Registration for 2013 TYPS Championship!

Poets: we want you to perform in the Championship!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
UPDATE, 4/4/2013: We have reached 20 poets signed up, registration is now closed! Congratulations to all of the poets who have worked hard towards the big event!

Poets interested in competing in the 2013 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship are asked to have competed in at least one regular monthly slam this season. If that’s you, please:

  1. first read the participant guidelines HERE
  2. then fill out the registration form HERE

You will receive an email once your slot in the Championship is confirmed.

Registration DEADLINE: Wed. 4/17 11:59pm

Confirmed poets:

  1. Wanya S.
  2. Zack T.
  3. Ashley S.
  4. James B.
  5. Misha T.
  6. Lydia H.
  7. Cameron B.
  8. Kat C.
  9. Enrique G.
  10. Kendall Z.
  11. Megan D.
  12. Keenia S.
  13. Destiny S.
  14. Michael B.
  15. Kay L.
  16. Faith
  17. Jose M.
  18. Lakota F.
  19. Yulissa H.
  20. Liyah M.
  21. Kayla W.

#GivingTuesday: A chance to make local impact in Tucson

Today is #GivingTuesday, a follow-up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday… this time it’s a chance to help nonprofit organizations like ours make good things happen in the world. We reach thousands of youth every year on hardly any budget at all––talk about getting a good deal! Will you please help us continue this work?

Click here for full information on how to donate to the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam online.

2012-2013 Season Kickoff!

Invincible

 

SATURDAY! The 2012-2013 TUCSON YOUTH POETRY SLAM SEASON KICKOFF! Featuring the emcee INVINCIBLE all the way from DETROIT! There’s never been a better time to get involved––it’s the beginning of our third year. Bring new poems, and don’t be afraid to spit!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15th

SLAM WORKSHOP& Volunteer Meeting 5:00-6:30pm
Workshop led by Invincible

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-10:00pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by Amy Briseño & Logan Phillips
Featured poet: INVINCIBLE––all the way from DETROIT!

One of the most talented emcees I’ve ever heard black or white, male or female…” – Talib Kweli
Stunningly good.” – The New York Times
It is truly rare to find an artist like Detroit’s own Invincible. The spitfire wordplay has received acclaim from fans all across the world, while Invincible’s active involvement in progressive social change has taken her music beyond entertainment toward actualizing the change the artist wishes to see. For the last decade Invincible has worked with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that has been working to transform communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity and collective action since 1992. Invincible is also the co-coordinator of the Detroit Future Youth network to support social justice and media-based youth projects throughout the city.

At BENTLEY’S 1730 E Speedway
near the UofA, across from McDonald’s, extra parking behind the building and in the UofA lot on Cherry & Speedway

2012-2013 TYPS Season:
Sept 15 • Oct 20
Nov 17 • Dec 15
Jan 19 • Feb 16
Mar 16• Apr 20

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

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS) is made possible in part by generous support from:
Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, The Crossroads Collaborative, UA Poetry Center, Tucson Pima Arts Council.

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