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.About LTAB
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.
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.Buy Tickets
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.
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.Buy Tickets