If you missed February’s slam, you missed something huge! Standing room only crowd! Myrlin Hepworth! Phoenetic Spit. All amazing. We had poets from Tucson High, Desert View and City High on the mic for the first time, and they came out in a big way. Great to see so many schools represented. If you missed the action, we put up as many videos from the night as we could on the TYPS YouTube Channel! And Sammy Dominguez tood some amazing photos! A big thanks to Bentley’s for buying our new soundsystem!

TYPS Results, February:

  1. Darien Gorman (THMS) 29.3
  2. Amy Briseño (Sunnyside) 29.1
  3. Caitlynn Weymann (THMS) 29.0
  4. Trevor Lawrence (THMS)
  5. Tony Corral (Sunnyside)
  6. Gabi Gonzales (Civano Middle School)
  7. Ryan Velasquez (City HS)
  8. Martin Marquez (Desert View)
  9. Jennifer Schmidt (Sunnyside)
  10. Adriana Diaz (Sunnyside)

Also on the mic:

  • Clarissa Holguin (THMS)
  • Luke Hankins (Civano MS)
  • Jacob Hardesty
  • Celida Balbastro (Desert View)
  • Katrina Arroyos (Sunnyside)
  • Jocelyn Vega (Sunnyside)
  • Julie Briseño (Sunnyside)
  • Shelby Luttrell (Sunnyside)
  • & more!

The next slam is Sat. March 12th. Tucson’s own (by way of New York) Howard Smith will be our featured poet, and the workshop will be lead by Maya Asher. Here’s the event on Facebook.

Other opportunities:

Nuestra Voz is an afterschool program promoting youth voice, racial justice and slam poetry, run by Logan Phillips and Sarah Gonzales. It is held weekly at Pueblo HS, Sunnyside HS and Palo Verde HS and is an iniative of the YWCA Racial Justice program. If you attend one of these schools and would like more info, please reply to this message.