Young Chicago Authors

Cultivating young voices through writing, publication, and performance education.

Cultivating artistic voices, critical thinkers and civically engaged youth.


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YCA Events
Featured Event
Feb 25

LTAB Prelims

10am-8pm @ Columbia College Chicago (Various locations)

Chicago, IL 60605

LTAB 17 teams (and Individual Poets) compete in Preliminary Bouts. Each Bout consists of four individual rounds and one group round. Preliminary Bouts are held at various times from Wednesdays-Saturdays at Columbia College Chicago. Tickets and group bookings are available.

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Upcoming Event
Feb 28


6pm-8:30pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642

Chicago's longest running youth-led open mic. 6pm Workshop / 7pm Open Mic

Upcoming Event
Mar 1

Queeriosity (Showcase)*

6:30pm-9pm @ Columbia College Chicago

Conaway, 1104 S. Wabash Avenue, 1st Flr, Chicago, IL 60607

A literary arts and performance event that creates a safe space for LBGTQ artists to speak their truths to a supportive audience, featuring poets and performances from the broader YCA and LTAB community.

*Rated R for mature content.

Upcoming Event
Mar 2
Mar 3

LTAB Quarter Finals

5pm-9pm @ Malcolm X College

1900 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612

Quarter Finals features the top 32 high school teams and 24 individual poets in a day-long series of Olympic-style poetry slam bouts. Tickets are available.

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About Young Chicago Authors

Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.