The Riots on the Warpland: 2nd Annual South Side Youth Poetry Championships

January 13, 2012

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Poets Asha Ransby Sporn and Emily Hsee performing at The 2nd Annual South Side Youth Poetry Slam.

This is a not-to-be-missed event that Young Chicago Authors had the honor of hosting for the second time! The name "The Riots on the Warpland" pays homage to Gwendolyn Brooks, who grew up on the south side of Chicago. This poetry slam is a precursor to the 11th annual Louder Than A Bomb—held at the end of February—where teams from over 60 schools in the Chicago area will compete at Columbia College.

This is a poetry slam between multiple South Side high schools and South Side students. This event is a collaboration between Young Chicago Authors and the poetry coaches at Curie Metro High School and TEAM Englewood High School.

The audio for this event in in two parts. For the first half of the championships, stream or download the audio using the "Listen to this Story" link above. To access the second half, stream or download the audio here:

Recorded Thursday, January 12, 2012 at Curie High School.