The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam packed the house… AGAIN!

Our October slam was on the 19th, and this month, we had some very special guests. Our feature poet, Maya Asher, led a workshop for over 20 youths that combined poetry with storytelling. During her performance, she shared three extraordinary poems with us, that touched on topics such as how special rain is here in the desert, mental illness, and the magic that little kids can share with us.

The winner of the September slam, Kiya D., was welcomed back to the stage for the first ever Spotlight feature! You can see her performance here.

Lastly, our friends at Scholarships AZ brought their guest speaker up to the mic. Julio Navarette, an undocumented high school teacher, is also a writer and poet from San Jose, CA. He performed a gorgeous poem about his grandfather and his opinion on what it means to be a man.

Thanks to all of our incredible poets!

The energy you all brought this month was mind-blowing. Big shout-outs to Douglas High School, who drove all the way to Tucson with 20 poets!

As always, we thank everyone who participated, with an especially huge thank you to Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea!


Congratulations to this month’s winners!


Overall slam:

1. Jose M.

2. Lydia H.

3. Estefania G.


First-timers’ slam:

1. Emma A.

UP NEXT! You picked it: November 16 will be the GREEN SLAM. Wear as much green as possible; afterwards, we’ll be taking a group photo!

Check out these videos of our winner and feature!