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Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, December 2013- Review

There is no better way to bring families together than with the arts and passion, and that is exactly what we did at our third annual FAMILY SLAM!

On December 14, we had a full house, as countless families packed themselves into Bentley’s. We also had the joy of having 15 elementary school children from Vail join in on our workshop, and a few of them even spat their works on the mic! We also gave away a ton of fabulous prizes (mugs, candy, hot chocolate, and so much more), and even had a couple of family members share their own words!

For the first time ever, TYPS had a DJ! Our very own Enrique Garcia put together countless songs to play in between poems, bringing even more vibrance to the slam.

Our features this month were the very own co-directors of TYPS, Logan Phillips and Sarah Gonzales. They read each other’s beautiful work, and then came together to spit a duet poem that followed the workshop prompt! (“When I was in high school…”)

As always, a big shout out to our spotlight feature for the month, Emma A., who once again made us laugh so hard we cried with her comedy poems. You can see her performance here.

We are always so grateful to those who make the TYPS possible, especially Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, for housing the slam and staying open late for us. Big-thank you’s to our scorekeeper, time keeper, and videographer this month, and, of course, to our supportive audiences!

Congrats to this month’s winners!

First timer’s slam:

  1. Josue O.

Overall slam:

  1. Lydia H.
  2. Jose M.
  3. Wildman A.

We will of course see you all in the new year (January 18th!), and hope you all have very happy holidays!

Check out videos from our feature and our winner!

 

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- December 2013- feat. Logan Phillips and Sarah Gonzales!

Continuing the energy of last month’s slam, it’s time for our 3rd Annual Family Slam! The focus is our families, those we care about, love and thanks! Bring your mom, your dad, your guardian or close friends cause this is for them! Every family member in attendance will receive a raffle ticket for some amazing prizes! Don’t forget our spotlight poet this month will be the one and only Emma A, winner of the November slam! Also, co-featuring for the first time, Sarah Gonzales and Logan Phillips, co-directors of Spoken Futures, will be gracing the stage! Music will also be a part of this slam as we have our very own DJ Kikazo Garsooz, who will be providing the flow of the slam with some jams! Get excited for an eventful and marvelous night!

SATURDAY DECEMBER 14th!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
Led by Sarah Gonzales and Logan Phillips!

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ARACELI MONTAÑO & ALEXIA VAZQUEZ!
Featured poets: SARAH GONZALES AND LOGAN PHILLIPS!
Spotlight poet: EMMA A!

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Sarah Gonzales and Logan Phillips are the Codirectors of Spoken Futures, Inc, the organizational home of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam. Their experience and passion for art and social justice activism have brought them together in diverse collaborations since 2009. They are ecstatic and overjoyed to hit the TYPS stage together for their first-ever co-feature. The TYPS has become a significant part of their chosen family––it only fits that they are the featured poets at the Third Annual Family Slam!

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

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.

Reminder that this month’s slam is on the SECOND Saturday, and not the third. 

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, November 2013- Review

The poets of the 2013-14 season are BRINGING THE HOUSE DOWN!
November 16 marked our third consecutive packed house this season, and for the first time, TYPS had a slam that was color schemed! Anybody who wore a shade of green to the November slam was entered in a raffle to win a gift certificate to Bentley’s! Our winner was Cecilia, who wore a beautiful green, yellow, and black dress.
TYPS also had an alumni feature, something that had only happened once before!  In our workshop, Zack Taylor helped our poets focus on making our insecurities  beautiful, and how to create alter egos for ourselves. As our feature, Zack shared three  powerful poems about queer youth that made the crowd go wild.
Also, a big shout-out to the winner of the October slam, and this month’s  spotlight, Jose M. He shared with us an absolutely moving poem on Saturday, which you  can see here.

In a time of giving thanks, we are so very thankful to those who have made our slams possible. Enormous thank-yous to Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea, for being so  hospitable every month. We also are very grateful for those who volunteered as  videographer, time keeper, and score keeper this month, and our audience, who were so supportive to our poets!
Congrats to this month’s winners!
First Timer’s Prize:
1. Mikayla P.
Overall Slam:
1. Emma A.
2. Lydia H.
3. Estefania G.
Remember that December’s slam is on the second Saturday, not the third. Also
remember that it is our annual FAMILY SLAM!

Check out videos from our feature and winner!

Tucson Youth Poetry Slam- October 2013- Feat. Maya Asher!

Our second slam of the season! After our successful kick-off, we are ready to continue the momentum. This month we have a special feature from local legend Maya Asher, and we have a new addition to our event: last month’s winner will be given a spotlight performance to showcase their poetry. Come one, come all!

SATURDAY OCTOBER 19TH!

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting 5:00-6:30pm
Led by MAYA ASHER!

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by ARACELI MONTAÑO & ENRIQUE GARCÍA!
Featured poet: MAYA ASHER!
Spotlight poet: KIYA D!

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Maya Asher is a poet and a therapist, in that order.

She is so close to finishing her first manuscript of poetry,

it hurts. She is currently combining her experience as a

behaviorist and therapist with her experience as a writer

to develop programming for therapeutic writing.

She believes writing and the arts are far beyond

extra curricular, but a necessity for our social, emotional,

intellectual, and spiritual growth.

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

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.

 

 

Slam Review – February 2013 – Feat. Phonetic Spit!

The TYPS championship is around the corner, but the 2012-2013 season isn’t over yet! This month we brought down some of the heat from Phoenix, AZ – Phonetic Spit! And they weren’t the only ones bringing the heat, hosted by Amy Briseno and Zack T. the whole night was non stop youth talent and supah hot fire spitting!

Logan Phillips kicked off the night with a special workshop on revising and editing poetry. With the championship around the corner the TYPSters are kicking it in gear with their writing and Logan helped with the fine tuning with a few helpful editing tips!

After the workshop the night continued with each and every poet tearing up the mic with their hot talent! We had some new faces along and new poetry along with the familiar. And that includes the feature! Phonetic Spit poets Tomas Stanton, Garret Pauli, and Rosie Casales shared their talent with the TYPS straight out of their own slam earlier on the day! Because we all know poetry is a full time job!

Also throughout the night the official announcement was made for the new parent organization of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam – Spoken Futures Incorporated! Logan Phillips and Sarah Gonzalez announced the new organization along with the all new finally released mission and vision statement! Excitement all around!

Congrats to this months winners!
1. James B.
2. Faith D.
3. Kendall Z.

Also on the mic:
Rebecca L.
Iris M.
Keenia S.
Wanya S.
Jeremy A.
Adam S.
Destiny S.
Misha T.
Chris K
Mia E.

Don’t forget there isn’t a regular season slam in April which means that March is the last slam befo the championship! Don’t miss it!

¡SummerSlams! 2012

Join the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam for ¡SummerSlams!, our summertime series. Youth hosts & youth workshop leaders, fun prizes & themes.

2012 TYPS Summer Slams:

  • May 19
  • Jun 16 – Cover slam! Compete using anyone’s poetry or your own.
  • Jul – break / no slam 
  • Aug 18

SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting 5:00-6:30pm
POETRY SLAM: 7:00-10:00pm, signup at 6:30

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

We’re going to Brave New Voices!

For the first time, the voice of Tucson will be heard on a national stage at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival. Held in a different city every year, this July six poets from the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam will be traveling to San Francisco to compete in the judged poetry competition––this year the TYPS is the only team from Arizona that has been accepted to compete.

The six poets who will be representing the TYPS community at Brave New Voices in 2012 are:

  • Araceli, 18, Sunnyside HS
  • Alexia, 19, Pima Community College
  • Zack, 17, Sunnyside HS
  • Kay, 16, homeschool
  • Sam, 18, Tucson Magnet HS
  • Enrique, 17, Pueblo HS

Coached by Director Logan Phillips and Community Coordinator Sarah Gonzales, these poets were selected for the honor based off of their placement in the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship, held at the University of Arizona Poetry Center in April, as well as their evident dedication to community and leadership.
The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam advocates literacy, critical thinking and youth voice through poetry competitions, workshops and community showcases.  The program recently celebrated the end of its second season and regularly collaborates with diverse organizations across Tucson. The monthly poetry slam competition is open to all youth 19 & under and is held every 3rd Saturday at Bentley’s House of Coffee & Tea, 1730 E Speedway. Crowds at the TYPS regularly top 100 people.

UPDATE! Bout schedule!

  • BNV International Youth Poetry Slam Quarter Finals BOUT 6
    • Tucson, Miami, Bermuda, Baton Rouge, Wisconsin
    • Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PT)
    • The Marsh Arts Center – Mainstage 2120 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
    • GET TICKETS (free)
       
  • BNV International Youth Poetry Slam Quarter Finals BOUT 12
    • Tucson, Leeds, Albuquerque, Houston, Seattle
    • Thursday, July 19, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (PT)
    • David Brower Center – Tamalpais Room (2nd Floor) 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704
    • GET TICKETS (free) 

Poet registration for 2012 TYPS Championship

Poets: we want you to perform in the Championship!

REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED!
Poets interested in competing in the 2012 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
  2. then fill out the registration form

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

Registration DEADLINE: Wed. 4/25 11:59pm

    Confirmed poets:

  1. Sammy D
  2. Enrique G
  3. Caitlynn W
  4. Araceli M
  5. Amber H
  6. Ashley S
  7. Christopher K
  8. Wanya S 
  9. Sabina P 
  10. Sheila D 
  11. Jose M 
  12. Zack T 
  13. Kristin P
  14. Tavo B 
  15. Juliana B 
  16. Clarissa H 
  17. Danny B 
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The TYPS celebrates National Poetry Month 2012!

the TYPS celebrates
NATIONAL POETRY MONTH 2012
with big events every weekend!

You’re going to be hearing from us a lot this month! The TYPS is celebrating NaPoMo in style with a big event every weekend of April!

  • Fri. & Sat. 4/6-4/7 30th: Annual Tucson Poetry Festival
    The Ocotillo Poetry Slam Championship is Friday night at 9pm at Main Gate Square. TYPS poets are also specially invited to a workshop given by slam legent PATRICIA SMITH at noon on Saturday at the UA Poetry Center. Check the full schedule here.
     
  • Sunday April 15th: Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Benefit Dinner
    Our first-ever fundraising event! A formal three-course dinner served by Casa Restaurante Casa Español with poems from TYPS poets. Organized from the youth-led TYPS Fundraiser Committee and students from the UA Blue Chip leadership program. Recommend the event to those interested in supporting youth voice in Tucson, and buy your tickets today! Want to help TYPS grow? Click here!
  • Friday April 20: Workshop & Open Mic
    4-7pm at the Pennington Street Block Party, downtown. Workshop given by TYPS poets, plus an open mic for the masses!

  • Saturday April 21st: Last slam of the regular season 2011-2012
    The last open slam of the regular season! AKA the last chance anyone to participate & thus qualify for the 2012 Championship. Featuring Jasmine Cuffee of Albuquerque! The info will be posted here.
     
  • Saturday April 28th: 2012 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam CHAMPIONSHIP
    This is it! The biggest slam of the entire year! Hosted again by the UA Poetry Center and featuring Jessica Helen Lopez of Albuquerque, New Mexico! To qualify to compete, poets must have participated in at least one regular slam during the 2011-2012 season. Watch the TYPS Group on Facebook and the TYPS Blog for info on how to register!

2012 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship

Saturday April 28th
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam CHAMPIONSHIP
1pm FREE!

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

THE BIGGEST EVENT OF THE YEAR, don’t miss it! Tucson’s most dynamic poets 18 & under rock the mic in a judged competition. The event will also feature a preformance by nationally-recognized performance poet Jessica Helen Lopez from New Mexico! Who will be the 2012 All-City Champion?

Poet registration now closed. Deadline: 4/25 11:59pm

Schedule:
Family Days at the Poetry Center

  • 10-11am: Poetry Joeys workshops, Infant Sing-A-Long
  • 10-11:30am: Writing activities for all ages
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: Hear student-written corridos performed at the Poetry Center’s Corrido Contest awards ceremony
  • 1-4pm 2012 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam Championship

Made possible in part by the UA Poetry Center and the Every Voice in Action Foundation and broad community support.


Check Jessica Helen Lopez on the far right side!

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