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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Mar 19
Mar 19

Indy Finals

7-9:30pm @ DuSable Museum of African American History

740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637

 The top 8 individual poets advance to the final round of our slam-style poetry competition. Join us for an evening of poetry by Chicago’s emerging literary talent from all corners of the city. Featuring a special half time performance from guest artist.

Upcoming Event
Feb 8
Feb 8

WINTER BLOCK PARTY 2020: WE THE PEOPLE

12-10pm @ Metro Chicago

3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Winter Block Party is back! Join Vocalo, Young Chicago Authors and WBEZ for Winter Block Party2020: We The People.

Winter Block Party celebrates hip hop’s ability to connect people across generations and highlights the multifaceted culture of Chicago hip hop through a variety of media – dance, poetry, music and live art.

The takeover starts at noon in Metro and Smartbar, guests can take part in the fun including a dance workshop, face painting, rap and break-dance battles, pop-up barber shop, turntable showcase, local artist market and much more. The event is free and features a live Vocalo Radio broadcast.

This year’s theme celebrates the power of community. Through programming we aim to inspire attendees to learn more about civic engagement opportunities in their communities.

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Upcoming Event
Jan 25
Jan 25

Check The Method

1-3pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee Ave, Second Floor Library

Check The Method offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spoken word to the most dedicated young writers in the city.Taught by YCA's Teaching Artist Corps, Check The Method is Chicago's premier writing workshop for 14-25 year olds. Come learn how to find inspiration in your daily life, write poems, and craft performances.

Upcoming Event
Jan 25
Jan 25

Emcee Wreckshop

4-6pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee Ave, First Floor Gallery

Are you an aspiring musician and rapper looking for a space to develop and present your work? The session begins with a workshop taught by local rappers Add-2 and Defcee, in which students will study an exemplary work, write new material, and finally, exchange pens for microphones, taking to YCA’s stage in a performative cypher.

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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.