The Grand Slam Finals of the
20th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

Saturday, April 16th
Davies Symphony Hall

Grove Street between Van Ness & Franklin
San Francisco
Doors open at 6:00pm
Limited tickets available at the door. Early arrival is encouraged.

$10 General Admission
$5 Youth Under 24
$50 VIP



About The Slam

Join us in celebrating the twentieth edition of the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam! Two decades ago, we hosted the country’s first-ever teen poetry slam. Forty-three young poets participated, with hundreds turned away at the door. Now, the annual event features close to 200 youth writers, emcees, and performers from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California, and attracts nearly 10,000 audience members. Our first slam became the seed that sowed a global youth poetry movement.

The Olympic-style poetry competition kicked off on February 18, 2016 the first preliminary bout at EastSide Arts Alliance in Oakland. Young writers and poets ages 13-19 have registered for preliminary bouts in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. All preliminary and semi-final bouts are free and open to the public. Grand Slam Finals will take place at the historic Davies Symphony Hall on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30pm. This culminating event will serve as the catalyst to our milestone 20th Anniversary Celebration.

NOTICE: Please review this year’s current Teen Poetry Slam Guidelines as the rules are updated from year to year.

2016 Slam Guidebook

Watch 2015 Highlights

50 Shades of Land


An Open Letter to Cis People

Safe In The Rain

Past Teen Poetry Slam Finals




Youth Speaks

Youth Speaks