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Even the Toilets in Catholic Middle Schools are Blessed

(WBEZ/file) Northside College Prep's Emma Coleman

Poet Emma Coleman, 18, is a senior at Northside College Preparatory High School and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the second time this year.

Her piece Even the Toilets in Catholic Middle Schools are Blessed is about experiences in an Opus Dei Catholic school.

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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