BNV Festival 2015

Created by Youth Speaks after the inaugural Youth Speaks Youth Poetry Slam in San Francisco, BNV is the first youth-centric poetry slam in the nation’s history. Since that time, BNV has grown to represent youth from across the United States, Canada, Africa, the Polynesian Islands, and Europe, making it the largest and most diverse ongoing spoken word event in the world.

Brave New Voices 2015
The Fire This Time
July 14th-19th


Watch BNV 2014

Brave New Voices 2014 features over 500 Teen Poetry Slam Champions from 50 parts of the country and 5 additional cities from across the globe, representing over 50,000 young poets in their local communities. These young writers are a diverse, creative, intelligent group of trendsetting community and cultural leaders. They come to Brave New Voices each year not only to compete, but also to attend world-class workshops led by renowned poets and writers, participate in youth development programs, and highlight the voices of a new generation of leadership.

BNV Network Membership

The BNV Network is designed to create a space for like-minded organizations to share best practices, develop relationships with other organizations and educators, and to create opportunities for the Network to apply for grants, join webinars and receive subsidies to BNV and to professional development convenings. We look forward to getting to know you and your work. Welcome!

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2nd Annual BNV Convening

The convening will be held in San Francisco from February 10 to February 12, 2015.

The BNV Network Convening is an annual professional development and networking opportunity for leaders in the youth writing and performance field. This year’s Convening will offer trainings on organizational development, fundraising, communications, leadership development, and programming. Learn More