Louder Than A Bomb is the largest teen poetry festival in the world. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, Louder Than A Bomb provides friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community through poetry, oral storytelling, and hip-hop spoken word. The festival is an Olympic-style poetry competition, featuring 70 teams and 650 students in 2011. During the festival, there are also plenty of noncompetitive events such as the Panel Discussion on Using Spoken Word in the Classroom. The panel teaches spoken-word educators how to better utilize performance poetry lessons in the classroom to engage kids in the revolution of the spoken word. Just another reminder that at Louder Than A Bomb, the points are not the point.
Recorded Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Columbia College Chicago.