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(WBEZ/file) Lyrikally Xplicit's Mia Harris of Brooks College Prep

Poet Mia Harris, 17, is a junior at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the second time this year.

She penned the piece Thick because she's "tired of being insecure about being a bigger girl. We need a poem to be proud of. I'm still beautiful. We are still beautiful."

The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago’s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 16 - March 9, 2013, at various venues around Chicago. 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.

Click here to hear all the other 2013 recordings, alongside over 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past nine years.

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