6201 S. Stewart
Young Chicago Authors
This poetry event attempts to break many of the negative stereotypes people have about the South Side of the city and the people who live and work there. The students who compete in this event are required to write poems between two and three minutes long with another person and perform the poem in front of their peers and audience members. The poems are scored, and the pair with the highest score wins. Even though it is a competition, the most important part of the event is having students from various schools and neighborhoods find commonality through the words and experiences conveyed in each other’s poems.