Starting off the New Year right, join us for our first slam of the year! What is your New Years resolution? Ours is to write more poetry and yours better be too! This month we will bring even more energy than before! We’re expecting new poets, new features and new poems of course! Aaron Johnson, an Arizona slam legend will be our amazing feature for this month as our youth compete! Our spotlight poet will be the one and only Lydia H., who won our December slam with grace! Back by popular demand, we will also be bringing back our DJ to fill the room with delicious vibes, DJ Queue! Get excited; it’s all going down this Saturday!


SLAM WORKSHOP & Volunteer Meeting: 5:00-6:30pm
“Beat-boxing and one-liners” by Aaron Johnson

POETRY SLAM: 7:00-9:30pm, signup at 6:30
Featured poets: AARON JOHNSON!
Spotlight poet: LYDIA H!



Aaron Hopkins-Johnson likes pinball machines, shortbread cookies, graphic novels, and skateboard competitions. However, Aaron is most likely to found at a poetry slam or rock show, drinking coffee. In 2012, Aaron opened Lawn Gnome Publishing, a used bookstore and publishing house located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. As a young teen, he worked at Arby’s. It was here that he saw a lefthander chop off his thumb in a roast beef slicer. Being a lefty too, Aaron was permanently scarred for life and began writing and performing poetry.

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
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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, Tucson Pima Arts Council.