The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

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Congratulations to the top 5 scoring poets of the 21st Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam!

Grand Slam Champions

Samuel Getachew – 14, Oakland
Yujane Chen – 19, Berkeley/Fullerton/Taipei
Daya Levie – 13, Pacifica
Ronald Vinson – 16, Richmond
Keturah Nobles – 19, San Leandro

About The Slam

In 1996, 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.

Our first slam sparked a global movement of brave new voices.

It is Slam Season! Come out to a bout near you and see young poets gracing the stage. Young poets, it’s not too late to register. Grand Slam Finals will take place at the historic Nourse Theater on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00pm.

2017 Slam Guidebook * Updated 2/17/2017

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