Tucson Youth Poetry Slam

The young voices of Southern Arizona

Category: TYPS Monthlies (page 1 of 3)

2017-2018 Season!

2017-2018 Season Kickoff 9/16 at Bentley’s! 

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!

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!

2015 Summer Slams are here!

After a successful FIFTH SEASON, the infamous Summer Slams return! Every summer we throw out the rules (well, some of them!) and switch things up with new hosts and themes for each slam. Here’s the schedule for this summer:

  • May 16th – Cover Slam!
    Compete using poems written by someone else! Or your own as usual!
  • June 20th – Cos Play Slam!
    Dress up as a character from your poem! Or write a poem for a character from anime or your favorite movie! Or any other character you want. Costumes == allowed.
  • July 18th –  What It Means to Be _______!
    Our identity slam! Tell the story of who you are & where you come from. What It Means to Be Chicano! What It Means to Be LGBTQI! What It Means to Be a Nerd! What It Means to Be a Tucsonan! Etc!
  • August 15th – Music Slam! Hosted by Zoe & TBA
    Bring your music for your poem! Rap! Sing! Sound effects? Sure! Bring sound ready to go on your phone & we’ll plug it in.

As always, slams are every 3rd Saturday of the month at Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea on Speedway. Workshops start at 5pm and the slams start at 7pm and end around 9pm. Unless noted above, all other info is the same.

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- January Teacher Slam! Feat. Kai M. Green!

Happy New Year Poets! We hope your holidays and break have treated you well! This month marks our second half of the TYPS season! I hope you all are as excited as we are!

How many of you wonder what it would be like to hear your teacher on the mic?! Well now you don’t have to! Following our amazing and heart-warming family slam – this month, we will be having a TEACHER SLAM! So, along with our regular youth poets on the mic, we’ve reached out to a few specific teachers that will be competing with each other! It will be in a style of a competition within a competition, similar to what happens when we figure out the highest scoring first timers for every month! Nothing in the competition changes, except for the fact that we get to hear some work from the people that are your biggest supporters!

PLUS: we have an unforgettable feature to that will be in the house!

You won’t want to miss this! See you then!

SATURDAY January 17th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by: ARACELI M. and ENRIQUE G!
Spotlight Poet: LOUIE V!
Music: Special Guest DJ DIRTY VERBS!
Feature: Kai M. Green!

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.

A bit about our amazing feature:

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Kai M. Green is a writer, scholar, poet, filmmaker, abolitionist, feminist, and whatever else it takes to make a new and more just world. Through writing and organizing, Kai has become a strong, visible voice in the Black Trans community and in the LGBT community generally. He believes that writing and story telling are revolutionary acts, especially for those who are often erased by heteronormative and Eurocentric histories. His goal is not simply to be a voice for the people; his goal is to always be making space and room for others to share their own truths and find their own voices. Kai is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexuality Studies and African American Studies at Northwestern.

2014-2015 Season Kickoff!

Saturday, September 20th!

Our fourth season (!) kicks off in a big way on Saturday, September 20th at Bentley’s. This is the perfect opportunity for new poets to get involved and for experienced poets to bring new work. Poet, director, and performer Marc David Pinate will be in the house!

Hosted by Araceli Montaño (TYPS Program Coordinator) and Logan Phillips (Codirector, Spoken Futures) Sat. 9/20. 5pm workshop, 7pm poetry slam. Open to all. Free (donations accepted). Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea 1730 E Speedway Blvd.

Please help us spread the word!

  1. Personally invite a poet you know, or just someone who would like to hear some amazing spoken word.
  2. Join the Facebook Event.
  3. Forward this email.
  4. You can download the poster here.
  5. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram.
  6. Join the TYPS Facebook Group.

Not to be missed!

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- April 2014- Feat. Amy Juan!

THIS IS IT! Spring is our most exciting time of the TYPS season! Our last slam before the championships on April 26th! Poets, don’t miss out on practicing your poems! Audience, don’t miss out on some mind-blowing poetry! This month we have an amazing feature from Sells, Arizona repping the Tohono O’odham Nation, Amy Juan, who you do not wanna miss! Back for her second time as a DJ, be ready for the jams provided by DJ Jirasol! Everything is just around the corner! Get excited and don’t miss out!

Reminder: Sign-ups for the TYPS Championships will close after the slam on April 19th! Limited spots are available, so sign up ASAP!

SATURDAY APRIL 19th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
Taught by: Amy Juan

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ENRIQUE GARCIA AND ZACK TAYLOR!
Featured poets: AMY JUAN!

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.

A little about our feature:

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Amy Juan is a daughter of the Tohono O’odham Hemajkam, a lover of the stars and traditional O’odham
music. Her community involvement began in the feast houses baking bread with her grandma and currently exists in O’odham Rights and Sovereignty in resistance to Border Militarization, Traditional Foods, and Culture and Language revitalization. She has featured poetry in the Tohono O’odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, Tribal College Journal and throughout her community in which she shares experiences on “The Rez”, the O’odham way of life and messages of empowerment.

http://www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org/
http://www.youtube.com/user/TucsonYouthSlam
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, Tucson Pima Arts Council.

 

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- March 2014- feat. Carlos Contreras!

Don’t miss out on one of the last slams before the championships next month! The buzz is bigger than ever! Get ready to follow this year’s Festival of Books and Poetry Out Loud state competition with yet another great TYPS Saturday.! This month, we have a returning feature from the TYPS 2013 Championship, Carlos Contreras! In the spotlight will be our lovely winner of last months slam, Zoe K! Also, you don’t wanna miss our first time music provider this month, DJ Jirasol! We’re on the last stretch of our season, don’t miss out!

SATURDAY March 15th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
Taught by: Carlos Contreras!

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ARACELI MONTAÑO & ZACK TAYLOR!
Featured poets: CARLOS CONTRERAS!
Spotlight poet: ZOE K.!

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

What our feature has to say about himself!:

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My name is Carlos Contreras. I have been twice recognized as a national champion performance poet. These days, I live and work in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I work as a local educator, who leads writing workshops in the adult jail facility at the Gordon Bernell Charter School, while at the same time teaching all levels of high school English. One of the things that I love about who I work with and for, is that those I work with see the passion I have for helping our community, and so yearly I am given time off to also provide services to the National Hispanic Cultural Center. At the NHCC I play host to the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s Voces program, a writing institute for youth. It is experiences like that of teaching at such a young age, and working at the NHCC with the Voces program, that garnered me the honor of being awarded a 2012 Bravos Award, as an “Emerging Creative.” I dream of a world in which I can support myself solely by way of my art, until then I will continue to work at nurturing and honing my craft.

http://www.TucsonYouthPoetrySlam.org/
http://www.youtube.com/user/TucsonYouthSlam
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, Tucson Pima Arts Council.

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