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
Dec 14
Dec 14

Writing Teachers Collective

11am-1pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee, First Floor Gallery

This space gives educators, aspiring teaching artists, community organizers, and anyone interested in cultivating poetry culture opportunities to participate in workshops and gain access to tools. If you’re looking to learn more about forming an LTAB team we encourage you to join us.

Upcoming Event
Jan 10
Jan 10

Sandra Cisneros Regional Slam

6-9pm @ Taft High School

6530 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, IL 60631

Regional Slams take places before the start of LTAB. These slams give poets and coaches an opportunity to develop work and connect with poets from different parts of the city before the competition.

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
Dec 10
Dec 10


6-8:30pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee, First Floor

WordPlay is the longest-running youth open mic in Chicago. Every Tuesday night, artists aged 12-25 come through Young Chicago Authors to participate in a writing workshop, perform their original work, and listen to music and poetry by artists of all genre and skill level. 6pm Workshop / 7pm Open Mic

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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.