WBEZ | slam poetry http://www.wbez.org/tags/slam-poetry Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Cook County Juvenile Detention presents Louder Than A Bomb http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cook-county-juvenile-detention-presents-louder-bomb-106949 <p><p>The residents of Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center gave heartfelt spoken word performances talking about their hopes, dreams, fears, longings and aspirations. Residents stood and delivered poem after poem and round after round with passion and precision. The night was enhanced by the presence of several guest poets and teaching artists. In the words of Poetic Pisces, &quot;This Goes Out to all those who say they care about the FUTURE of Our Children&quot;.</p><p>Founded in 2001, Louder Than a Bomb is an annual youth poetry slam which engages schools and community organizations from throughout the Chicago region. Aiming to bring teens together across racial, gang, and socio-economic lines, LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word.</p><div id="PictoBrowser130502140937">Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer</div><script type="text/javascript" src="http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser/swfobject.js"></script><script type="text/javascript">var so = new SWFObject("http://www.db798.com/pictobrowser.swf", "PictoBrowser", "500", "500", "8", "#DDDDDD"); so.addParam("quality", "low"); so.addParam("scale", "noscale"); so.addParam("align", "mid"); so.addVariable("ids", "72157633403905846"); so.addVariable("names", "Cook County Juvenile Detention Center presents Louder Than A Bomb"); so.addVariable("userName", "chicagopublicmedia"); so.addVariable("userId", "33876038@N00"); so.addVariable("source", "sets"); so.write("PictoBrowser130502140937"); </script><div class="image-insert-image "><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/YCA-LOGO_NEW-Fall2012-webstory.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><br />&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />Recorded live May 1, 2013 at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.</p><p>Each year since 2005, WBEZ has invited competition Finalists into our studios to record their work, which is presented <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/ltab" target="_blank">here</a>, along with other full length recordings produced as part of the 2013 Festival.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 01 May 2013 11:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified/cook-county-juvenile-detention-presents-louder-bomb-106949 Slam daddy Marc Smith celebrates a quarter-century of slam poetry http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/slam-daddy-marc-smith-celebrates-quarter-century-slam-poetry-89756 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-28/Marc Smith.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Long before the aspiring poets at <a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/?page_id=72">Louder Than a Bomb</a> were even born, Marc Smith was already performing. Smith was a blue-collar creator, a construction worker who performed his free-wheeling style in front of an open micn the process slam poetry was born. 2011 marked a quarter-century since slam took the stage at the <a href="http://www.greenmilljazz.com/">Green Mill Cocktail Lounge</a> in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.</p><p>On Thursday, Smith and other local luminaries will perform on <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/about/chicagolive/" target="_blank">ChicagoLive!</a>, a weekly stage and radio show at the Chicago Theatre in the Loop. And celebrate the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary<a href="http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSearch.jsp?performance_id=1478076&amp;cobrand=metrochicago" target="_blank"> birthday extravaganza</a> is at the Metro.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-28/slam-daddy-marc-smith-celebrates-quarter-century-slam-poetry-89756 'Louder Than a Bomb' jumps from stage to screen http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/louder-bomb-jumps-stage-screen-81771 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/louder_than_bomb.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Slam poetry is kind of a love it or hate it thing: Some in the poetry community say it is too raw &ndash; not real poetry and some folks just can&rsquo;t stand slam&rsquo;s particular cadence and rhythm. But converts can&rsquo;t sing &ndash; or shout &ndash; its praises enough!<br /><br />The Chicago-based poetry competition <a href="http://chicagopublicmedia.org/press/11th-annual-louder-bomb-ltab-chicago-youth-poetry-festival" target="_blank">Louder Than a Bomb</a> has turned many on to the power of the poetry slam. The annual fest provides local teens with a chance to hone their writing and voice chops. More recently, the festival caught the attention of filmmakers <a href="http://www.siskeljacobs.com/" target="_blank">Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs</a>.<br /><br />The duo decided to make a <a href="http://www.louderthanabombfilm.com/" target="_blank">feature documentary</a> about the event. Greg Jacobs says the students in the film are well aware of the cliches and parodies that shadow slam poetry.<br /><br /><em>Louder Than a Bomb</em> will make its first Chicago run at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/louderthanabomb" target="_blank">Gene Siskel Film Center</a> from Feb. 4 - 10. Directors Jacobs, Jon Siskel and selected young poets, will be present for audience discussion during select screenings.</p></p> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 14:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-04/louder-bomb-jumps-stage-screen-81771