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There seemed to be a need for a space for young people to tell their stories, to meet one another and articulate their hopes, their fears, their passions and their sorrows. As co-founder of Young Chicago Authors Kevin Coval puts it, “the stories of young people, who they are and what they have to say, their names and existence, is more powerful than any weapon, is louder than any bomb” – and so the Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Festival and Competition was born. Now the subject of a full-length feature film, and internationally renown as the largest teen poetry festival of its kind, Louder Than a Bomb has become a celebrated annual event in which the remarkable stories of the city’s youth take center stage.

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