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Grand Slam: Watch Seattle youth speak out in poetry competition



19-year-old poet and three-time Grand Slam champion Carlynn Newhouse performs at the 2018 Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam.

Photo: Amy Piñon

Save the date! The Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam, an annual spoken-word poetry competition is coming to Kings Hall on April 19, 2019. Young artists ages 13 to 19 will compete for the top 5 spots in the Grand Slam and the honor of representing Youth Speaks Seattle at The Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hosted by award-winning spoken-word artist Ebo Barton, and Youth Poet Laureate of Seattle, Azura Tyabji, the Grand Slam is part of an effort by Youth Speaks Seattle to “showcase the incredible power, talent, and voice of young people in the 206.” Seattle-based singer/songwriter JusMoni will be the featured performer and Stas THEE Boss will serve as official DJ for the night.

Founded in 2003 by young poets, Youth Speaks Seattle is now a program of ArtsCorps, a local organization dedicated to arts education and social justice. Through Youth Speaks, young people hone their arts and activism skills while participating in writing circles, leadership opportunities, open mics, internships, and poetry slams.  

The Grand Slam is Youth Speaks Seattle's biggest annual fundraiser. Witness the incredible talent of 10 young spoken-word artists in your community and support the continuation of youth-led programming all in one night. Tickets available at the door ($10 for youth and $20 for adults) and online through Brown Paper Tickets. Email slam@artscorps for discounts on groups of 5+ youth ($7)!

IF YOU GO

What: Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam

When: Doors open at 6 p.m.; show at 7 p.m.

Where: Kings Hall, 2929 27th Ave S., Seattle, WA 98144


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