YourWords STL and Young Chicago Authors (YCA) in conjunction with KDHX will be gathering poets, schools, organizations, and activists as we explore slam poetry as a vehicle for youth empowerment in St. Louis. Louder Than a Bomb is the largest poetry festival in the world, in over 110 schools in Chicago, and more than 10 cities around the world. We hope that their work will inspire individuals to come together and continue to build programming for those who can most benefit from mentorship and exploration of slam poetry in St. Louis.
Cocktails and appetizers will start at 7:00 PM. Our program will begin at 7:30 PM. Youth and area poets will open our show. LTAB leaders and acclaimed poets Kevin Coval and Nate Marshall will perform as well. We will then screen portions of the award-winning documentary, Louder Than a Bomb. Following the screening, Nate and Kevin will lead discussions on LTAB’s programming, and the opportunities for slam poetry to empower youth in our community.