I’m Not an Envelope Opener

I’m Not an Envelope Opener

Poet Tova Benjamin, 17, participated as an individual poet representing In One Ear Open Mic at the Heartland Cafe. This is her first year participating in Louder Than a Bomb. I’m Not an Envelope Opener is a piece Tova wrote about her upbringing as an Orthodox Jew.

Though everyone knows “the points are not the point, the point is the poetry” – congratulations to Tova, who successfully advanced to the Final round of competition, one of the top 13 individual poets in the 2012 Festival, out of a field of over 800 young writers.

You can also listen to Tova speak with WBEZ’s Steve Edwards about participating in Louder Than a Bomb and share more about the story behind this piece.

The largest of its kind in the world, Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is Chicago’s rapidly-growing teen poetry festival, taking place February 18 - March 10, 2012, 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 2012 recordings, alongside nearly 200 Louder Than a Bomb Finalist pieces recorded by Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) over the past eight years.