The Largest Youth Poetry Festival In The World

Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is the largest youth poetry festival in the world.

LTAB is an annual event hosting over 1,000 youth poets for a month of Olympic-style poetry bouts, workshops, and special events. Students representing schools and community groups in the Chicago area perform original solo and group poems in a tournament-style competition.

From all of us at Young Chicago Authors: thank you for making LTAB 2017 a successful festival!

About LTAB
Our Mission

Founded in 2001

Founded in 2001 after the Twin Towers fell, during a time when young people of color in Chicago were being targeted by an anti-gang loitering law which aimed to take away their right to assemble in groups of more than two.

By 2 Chicago-Based Poets

Two Chicago-based poets-Kevin Coval and Anna West-and a group of educators created a space for youth to congregate and express themselves through the writing and performing of spoken word poetry.

From a Handful of Teams

What started with a handful of teams spitting bars in a basement has grown into over 120 teams all over the city and the suburbs competing to packed houses.

To Cities Across America

Now more than 13 cities across the country and Canada use the LTAB Chicago model to educate and organize.

The Documentary

Louder Than a Bomb - Trailer

Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, the LOUDER THAN A BOMB documentary follows four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in LTAB.

LTAB Calendar

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LTAB Events
Featured Event
Mar 16

Louder Than A Bomb Indy Finals Competition

6pm-9pm @ DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E. 56th Place Chicago, IL 60637

Indy Finals will feature the top 12 scoring individual poets in an Olympic-style poetry slam. These youth poets will take center stage and share their stories with you. Space is limited so get your tickets now!

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