The annual "Louder Than A Bomb" teen poetry slam engages schools and community organizations from all over the Chicago area. This friendly competition gathers the best and brightest young writers (age 13-19) from thoughtout the region with the winners going on to represent Chicago at the national level.
"Louder Than A Bomb" is a safe space that emphasizes community building, education, and youth empowerment. By carrying on the rich tradition of oral storytelling and the spoken word, this competition historically engages more than 350 youth participants representing over 40 schools and community centers to share stories, break stereotypes, and speak the truth, challenging themselves and their audience.
The competition took place February 28 through March 9 throughout Chicago. Presented here is the Final Round of competition, including:
ROUND 1 -
Tim "Toaster" Henderson
Special Guest: The Ravenswood Team (6th graders)
ROUND 2 -
Special Guest: First Wave Program (UW-Madison)
ROUND 3 -
Quenton "Q" Cole
Special Guest: GLC
INDY ROUND -
ROUND 4 -
Annalissia-Kiana "KeeKey" Itson
Jessica "Supreme" Disu
Melanie "George" Decelles
TEAM ROUND -
Northside College Prep
As co-host Kevin Coval said in the night's concluding remarks, "the joke of Slam was to get people in a theater to listen to the truths of young people. ...it has worked, clearly."
To hear studio recordings of the 2008 Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Finalists, click here.