A program of Ocotillo Literary Endeavors in partnership with the University of Arizona Poetry Center:

The TIME has COME!

Over 20 of Tucson’s best poets 18 & under throw down in a championship poetry slam! Judges picked from the audience! Cash prizes totaling $200!

First Annual Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS) Championship
University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St – Click here for a map
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 3:00pm – 5:30pm

Featured poet: from Trinidad by way of Brooklyn the renown poet and performer ROGER BONAIR-AGARD!
One of the most well-respected voices of the spoken word movement! Listen to a NPR interview with Mr. Bonair-Agard here.

(Note: Patricia Smith was previously confirmed to be our feature, but had to cancel due to circumstances outside her control. We wish her well and hope to see her soon.)

Hosted by poets MAYA ASHER and LOGAN PHILLIPS!
Coordinators of the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam


  1. All poets who are interested in competing must have participated in AT LEAST ONE regular TYPS event since October 2010.
  2. Poets must reserve their spot by emailing tucsonyouthslam (at) gmail.com before Thurs. 4/28.
  3. Limited number of slots! First come, first served!
  4. Participating poets will be invited to take a workshop with Roger Bonair Agard the day before the championship! An AMAZING opportunity!

Part of the UA Poetry Center’s YOUNG AT ART festival, more info on the festival’s other great events here.

Event on FaceBook.

Made possible with the generous support of the Every Voice in Action Foundation, the YWCA Racial Justice Program and Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea.


  1. Francisco Mejia
  2. Cynthia “Twitchy” Altamirano
  3. Jonny Williams
  4. Sabrina Flores
  5. Luis Borboa
  6. Caitlynn Weymann
  7. Cameron Staggers
  8. Jennifer Schmidt
  9. Juliana Briseño
  10. Asiya Mir
  11. Enrique Garcia
  12. Darian Gorman
  13. Araceli Montaño
  14. Aaron Guillen
  15. Amy Briseño
  16. Clarissa Holguin
  17. Sabina Prijic
  18. Ryan Velasquez
  19. Tony Corral