The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam’s fourth season has OFFICIALLY BEGUN!

 With a new season comes new twists and new talent!

Our season kickoff on Saturday, September 21st was packed with over 100 people in the audience and 20 poets on the mic! Over half of our poets were first time slammers at the TYPS!

Some came out from the poetry clubs at Sunnyside and Pueblo, others just heard about TYPS through the grapevine but no matter where they came from, these youth poets BROUGHT IT. Poets spoke about love, loss, what it means to be living in Tucson and we even had a little bit of hip-hop!

 Our featured poet for September was Hakim Bellamy, ABQ’s first ever poet laureate! Hakim shed absolute wisdom with poems that kept us snapping until our fingers hurt. Before the slam, he led a workshop that gave two poets pieces they used to compete!

 A special thank you to Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea for staying open late for us! Thanks to everyone who came and witnessed one of TYPS’s biggest events!

Congratulations to our winners of the overall slam, and the first-time slammers’ competition!

Overall slam:

1st place: Kiya D. (a first-timer at TYPS!)

2nd place: Jesus G. (another first-timer!)

3rd place: Jose M.

Highest scoring first-timers:

1st place: Jorge

2nd place: Estefania

Our next slam is October 19th! Check out our videos on YouTube here: Tucson Youth Slam. Here are two videos: one of Hakim and one of Kiya.


Much love.