Thursday, May 17, 2012

Announcing Louder Than a Bomb DMV

Contact: Jonathan B. Tucker
Phone: 301.538.8926

Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Comes to Nation’s Capital 

Washington, DC – On June 2, 2012 teen poets from the District, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV)will come together for the first ever regional high school team poetry slam competition, modeled off of and in partnership with the successful Chicago-based youth slam of the same name, Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB). Twelve high school poetry teams from the DMV area will enjoy an action-packed day of poetry workshops, performances, and slam competition, culminating with the Grand Slam Finals that evening to crown one team the 2012 LTAB-DMV Champions. 

Aiming to bring teens together across racial, neighborhood, and socio-economic lines, LTAB-DMV is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral storytelling, and hip-hop spoken word. These teams of poets work after school throughout the year, with guidance from guest teaching artists and coaches from the DC Youth Slam Team, to craft individual and group poems to perform in the slam. For many students, being part of a nurturing and creative team environment—in the context of school—is life-changing. Being applauded and rewarded for speaking their minds and telling their stories is equally powerful and transformative. Please come support the DMV youth and witness their passion, courage, and willingness to share their heart. 

Louder Than a Bomb-DMV is a program of Split This Rock, a nonprofit organization devoted to elevating the role of poets in social and civic life, bringing together a national network of poets and activists using their words to speak for justice and peace. This year’s LTAB-DMV is co-sponsored by GWU’s Africana Studies Department, Busboys and Poets, and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Contact Youth Programs Coordinator, Jonathan B. Tucker at for more information or to get involved. Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Preliminaries: 1pm, 3pm
Grand Slam Finals: 7pm
GWU – Marvin Center
800 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Foggy Bottom/GWU metro
$5 All Access Pass

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