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Louder Than a Bomb


Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) was founded in 2001, by Kevin Coval (YCA Artistic Director) and Anna West. LTAB is the largest youth poetry festival in the world, featuring over 100 zip codes within the Chicago-land area.

LTAB was created to give youth around the city of Chicago a platform to share their stories. The festival has since become a “bridge” for young people from many different backgrounds to come together and find a common ground through their narratives.





Did you know?

  • · LTAB started with four teams and is projected to host over 100 teams in 2013.
  • · The Louder Than A Bomb Documentary was featured on Oprah’s OWN Network.
  • · LTAB 2013 will feature over 750 students from over 100 schools.
  • · LTAB averages over 5,000 audience members.