Young Voices Rise- Poetry Festival

The poetry slam is a competition invented in the 1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc Smith [“So what!”] in which performed poetry is judged by random members of the audience. The poetry slam was a way of taking poetry away from the “Ivory Tower” of academia and give it back to the people. However, even though the slam is a competition, which brings communities together, the point in the poetry not the score.
As a part of a partnership with the Mesa Arts Center, Phonetic Spit produces an All-City Poetry Slam that brings together students from various high schools and middles schools for a two-day event surrounding the platform youth voices. This event is directly connected to our residency programs where PS teaching artist / Poet mentors work with in school based poetry clubs. At the end of residencies all the schools come together to battle it out to become the City-wide Slam Champions.


FREE and open to the public – Click here to register

Opening Bouts | April 7

Preliminary competition to quality for entry to compete in the All City Slam Championship

Unity Day| April 8
Spoken Word program students participate in professional development workshops with writers, hip hop crews. 

Final Stage – Poetry Championship | April 8
Check out this Spoken Word championship in action, as youth from across the Valley compete in the All City Slam.

Download Slam Rules