20th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

Celebrate the voices of 21st century America! Youth Speaks hosted the first Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in 1997, the first poetry slam for teenagers in the country. The annual slam (an Olympic-style poetry competition) features hundreds of young writers, emcees, and performers from throughout the Bay Area and Northern California, and attracts almost 10,000 audience members during its month-long run.

The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam is open to any youth 13-19 years old in the greater Bay Area. Join hundreds of young artists and leaders as they take the stage, speak truth to power, and perform for a chance to represent at the Grand Slam Finals.

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

2016 Prelim – Dates & Locations

Prelim audience seats are free on a first come first serve basis.

Date Time Venue Address
THU 2/18/2016 ( 8:00pm – 10:00pm ) Eastside Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606
THU 2/25/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) Solespace 1714 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
FRI 2/26/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) 826 Valencia 826 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
SAT 2/27/2016 ( 1:00pm – 3:00pm ) Brower Center – Goldman Theater 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
THU 3/3/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) Solespace 1714 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
FRI 3/4/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) 826 Valencia 826 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
SAT 3/5/2016 ( 1:00pm – 3:00pm ) La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705
THU 3/10/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) Solespace 1714 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
FRI 3/11/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) 826 Valencia 826 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
SAT 3/12/2016 ( 1:00pm – 3:00pm ) Brower Center – Goldman Theater 2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

2016 Semis Dates & Locations

Semis audience seats are free on a first come first serve basis.

Date Time Venue Address
Friday, 3/25/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) Impact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Saturday, 3/26/2016 ( 1:00pm – 3:00pm ) Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Friday, 4/1/2016 ( 7:00pm – 9:00pm ) Impact Hub Oakland 2323 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612
Saturday, 4/2/2016 ( 1:00pm – 3:00pm ) Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Grand Slam Finals

Saturday, 4/16/2016
( 7:00pm – 9:00pm )

Buy Tickets


Davies Symphony Hall
Grove Street between Van Ness & Franklin
San Francisco, CA

 

Congratulations 2015 Finalists!

Congratulations to every poet who participated in the 19th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam! On Saturday, March 21, 17 Bay Area youth poets shared their stories at the Nourse Theater for Grand Slam Finals. We heard powerful testimony and listened with compassion to the next generation of leaders.

We are pleased to announce the 5 poets who will represent the Bay Area at Brave New Voices in Atlanta, Georgia this summer! In no particular order, the team will include:

+ Imani Diltz, 17, Oakland
+ Aleah Bradshaw, 18, Aurora
+ Brenda Quintanilla, 17, Richmond
+ Jamaya Walker, 17, Richmond
+ Sarah Adebibe O’Neal, 19, Oakland


 

A special congratulations to the 2015 Grand Slam Champion: Imani Diltz! Join us in celebrating the courage of these incredible youth voices.

2015 FINALISTS

Shayla Robillard – 19, Hayward
Elizabeth Kristian – 17, Los Altos
Hanne Williams-Baron – 17, San Francisco
Ashley Mulshenock – 17, Oakland
Brenda Quintanilla – 17, Richmond
Aleah Bradshaw – 18, Aurora
Imani Diltz – 17, Alameda
Ash Phillips – 17, Pleasant Hill
Tamia Romo – 16, Oakland
Amihan Arroyo – 18, San Francisco
Connor Maltby – 17, San Francisco
Ajali de Veaux-Griffith – 18, Hayward
Sarah O’Neal – 19, Oakland
Jamaya Walker – 17, Richmond
Ugochi Egonu – 15, Santa Clara
Emma Weinswig – 16, Mill Valley
Ryan Dang – 18, Daly City

50 Shades of Land

RATS

An Open Letter to Cis People

Safe In The Rain

Teen Poetry Slam Finals 2013 – 2015

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