Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival

July 19 - 22, 2017 | Bay Area
Grand Slam Finals | War Memorial Opera House

At the intersection of dynamic artistic presentation and engaged civic participation, Brave New Voices presents platforms for young people to share their stories and speak their hopes and dreams about the contemporary realities of their everyday lives.

The 20th Annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival will convene young poets from around the world for 4 days of workshops, slams, showcases, community service, and civic participation events from July 19-22, 2017.

BNV Family, please join us where we started 20 years ago, in the San Francisco Bay Area, to join young artists from across the country and across the globe speak a new world into existence.


2017 Team applications are closed

Future Corps Applications

Due April 3rd
The BNV Festival Future Corps, comprised of BNV alumni (19-24 years old), are hosts, organizers, late night facilitators, and culture keepers for BNV. Are you an alumn? Want to help power BNV 2017?

The BNV Festival Future Corps facilitates opportunities for alumni to make lasting contributions to the Brave New Voices community, while also learning valuable skills in producing major performance events. BNV Festival Future Corps members receive travel to the festival, housing, meals, and a $500 stipend.

2017 Future Corps Applications are currently open. We encourage first time and returning Future Corps members to apply! If you are a returning Future Corps member and would like to apply, please email to express your interest.

For questions or assistance with the application, please contact


Youth Workshop Presenter Applications

Due March 27th
The time has come for artists to apply to lead our youth workshops at the 2017 BNV Festival in San Francisco. These workshops are intended to empower young people, to expand their vision of how their craft can be used, and to offer them concrete strategies for using it.

All applications must be submitted by Monday, March 27th.


Team Chants

"Everything you need to replenish your soul."

The Fire This Time

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