It’s that time of year again!
The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam’s 2nd Annual Family Slam!
This is the time to show our families the great we do with our poetry and prove that it’s more than a way to avoid homework or socializing! Bring your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, third-cousins-twice-removed and gift them the gift of poetry!


SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting 5:00-6:30pm
Workshop led by Sarah Gonzales & Project Connect

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-10:00pm, signup at 6:30
Hosted by Amy Briseño & Logan Phillips
Featured poet: ALEXIA VAZQUEZ

Alexia Vazquez aka “Jirasol”, moved to Tucson with her family in 2001 from Sonora, Mexico. As a student at Sunnyside High School, Alexia was introduced to poetry by AP English Teacher Kurt Fischer and slam poets Logan Phillips and Sarah Gonzales. She joined the Poetry Club and Nuestra Voz, a social justice and poetry program. Since 2010, Alexia has written, performed and been published all over the United States. She joined the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam and performed at the first TYPS Slam Championships in 2011. She won the Valencia Library poetry contest’s Speak Up! Social Justice award and was published in the newsletter for the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies. Most recently, Alexia’s poetry was recited by her peers at the United We Dream 2012 National Congress Conference. Alexia Vazquez represented TYPS this summer at the Brave New Voices international slam poetry festival where she received 10’s for her piece on the Ethnic Studies ban. Her poetry centers around her personal and general experiences as a Mexican immigrant. She loves strawberries and believes pumpkins are sacred spirits of the underworld.

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

2012-2013 TYPS Season:
Jan 19 • Feb 16 • Mar 16

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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, UA Poetry Center, Tucson Pima Arts Council.