The 19th Annual Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival is presented by Young Chicago Authors. Five weeks of events during which 120 teams from high schools, middle schools, or community organizations compete slam-style in poetry bouts.
To learn more about the Largest Youth Poetry Festival in the world, click here for tickets and calendar of events.
February 20 - March 2
This first round of our slam-style poetry competition features performances by hundreds of youth poets from schools and community organizations from all sides of the city & beyond. Preliminary Bouts will be held at various times on Wednesdays - Saturdays.
March 6 & 7
The top 32 poetry teams and top 24 individual poets advance to the second round of our slam-style poetry competition, featuring pop-up performances by special guest artists.
The top 16 Louder Than A Bomb teams and the top 12 individual poets compete in a day-long series of slam-style poetry bouts, featuring pop-up performances by special guest artists.
The top four Louder Than A Bomb teams advance to the final round of our slam-style poetry competition. This evening will feature live musical performances, special guest judges and talented youth poets performing their original works on the largest stage of the festival.