Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

The young voices of Southern Arizona

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Save the date! 2016 TYPS All-City Championship 4/16!

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2016 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All-City Championship!

Saturday, April 16, 2016. Gallagher Theater, UA Student Union.

Be there!

More information on sign-ups for TYPS poets coming soon!

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!

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam All City Championships 2015- Review

In case you missed it:

The TYPS Championships was MIND-BLOWING!

Nine of Southern Arizona’s best youth poets took the stage at Gallagher Theater on April 18th in front of over 160 people. They tackled rough topics such as Ferguson, education cuts, beauty standards, having children, illnesses, and religion, all while blowing the audience out of the water!

The theater was full of snaps and cheers for two and a half hours, drawing in passers-by and welcoming them in. We also had TWO special guest poets this year— Troy Osaki from Seattle opened us up, along with our feature, Mercedez Holtry from Albuquerque! They were absolutely amazing, and we are so glad they were able to be a part of this.

Continuing the tradition from last year, we were able to give the annual Sparkplug award to long-time TYPS supporter Adela Lincona, who gave us a moving speech about letting your voice be heard through poetry and social justice. We must say it again: thank you, Adela!

This could not have been possible without so many people, including our guest judges, Marc David Pinate, Terè Fowler Chapman, Amy Briseño, Mari Herraras, and Martina Dawley. We also had so many wonderful volunteers, including Jira-soul, our guest DJ; Enrique, our scorekeeper; Zami, our score reader; José, our timekeeper; Jason, our videographer; and Derrick, our photographer. Thank you’s are also in order to our two beautiful hosts, Zack and Araceli! We are also so grateful for every poet who participated— you are the beautiful backbone of TYPS! And finally, thank you to YOU, our audience and support system. You helped make all of this possible!

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

1st place: Eva S.

2nd Place: Lydia H.

3rd Place: Louie V.

Also, congratulations to this year’s participants!

Mackenzie S.

Paola V.

Zoe K.

Nichole S.

Rainna M.

Ames S.

We had an awesome time at our very first summer slam on May 16th! We’ll have a review up of that soon, written by a guest blogger! Until next time…

Announcing the 2015 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship!

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Saturday, April 18th 2015
1:00-4:00pm 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 2015 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship on Saturday, April 18th at 1:00pm at the University of Arizona’s Gallagher Theater. Now in its fifth 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 Mercedez Holtry of Albuquerque, NM. Who will be Tucson’s 2015 All-City Champion? Come find out! Details are at www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org

Poet registration opens 3/21 and closes 4/12 10:00pm. Registration is open to all poets who have competed in a TYPS Monthly during the 2014-2015 season.

Register at: http://goo.gl/forms/ALQlw9YwiX
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 Common Ground Alliance, the UA Crossroads Collaborative, Casa Libre en la Solana, Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, UA Poetry Center, ASUA Diversity and broad community support.

Register for the 2015 TYPS Championship

Poets: we want you to perform in the Championship!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Poets interested in competing in the 2015 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. 4/12 10pm

Confirmed poets:

1. Eva S.
2. Cristian T.
3. Nichole S.
4. Zoe K.
5. Ames S.
6. Lydia H.
7. Lucy B.
8. Louie V.
9. Raianna M.
10. Mackenzie S.
11. Itzel P.
12. Valerie V.
13. Hayleigh R.
14. Evangeline E.
15. Paola V.

Wait List:
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Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- Fourth Annual All City Championships- Review

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!)

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

Info For Competing Poets

Hey all!

We hope you are as excited as we are for the championship coming up this weekend. Without you, there would be no championship, so we want to make sure you are prepared!

    • First, it is important that you come on time. All competing poets need to arrange transportation to the Poetry Center beforehand.

    • FRIDAY 5-6:30pm workshop
    • SATURDAY arrive at 12pm, finished by 4pm
  • Second, we will be having only two rounds this year. We want to give everybody their chance to rock the mic but since we will have so much other great stuff going on we need to make time where we can get it.
  • Lastly, although attire is not a priority, we do recommend you wear clothing which does not distract from what actually matters: poetry. Business casual is what to aim for if you feel like dressing up.

We want to make this event just as awesome for everyone involved and need for everybody to be on the same page since this is the home stretch. If there are any other questions please message me and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible!

We can’t wait to see what you all have to show!

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