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Letter to My Unborn Daughter

(WBEZ/file) Poet Nina Coomes of The University of Chicago

Poet Nina Coomes, 19, is a sophomore at The University of Chicago and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the fifth time this year.

Her piece Letter to My Unborn Daughter is addressed to her future daughter, touching on issues of the way she hopes that children are valued and respected by their parents. Also, someday she hopes that her children can hear this.

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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