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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Featured Event
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


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.

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.