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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To book a YCA Teaching Artist, please email booking/at/youngchicagoauthors.org.

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YCA Events
Featured Event
Feb 21

#LTAB19 Preliminary Bouts

11am-8pm @ Columbia College (Various Locations)

No pre-sales for prelims, tickets available for purchase at venue day of.

PRELIMINARY BOUTS February 20 - March 2
This first round of our slam-style poetry competition features performances by hundreds of youth poets from schools and community organizations from all sides of the city & beyond. Preliminary Bouts will be held at various times on Wednesdays - Saturdays.

Upcoming Event
Feb 22

#LTAB19 Preliminary Bouts

11-8pm @ Columbia College (Various Locations)

No pre-sales for prelims, tickets available for purchase at venue day of.

February 20 - March 2
This first round of our slam-style poetry competition features performances by hundreds of youth poets from schools and community organizations from all sides of the city & beyond. Preliminary Bouts will be held at various times on Wednesdays - Saturdays.

Upcoming Event
Feb 23

#LTAB19 Preliminary Bouts

10am-5pm @ Columbia College (Various Locations)

No pre-sales for prelims, tickets available for purchase at venue day of.

February 20 - March 2
This first round of our slam-style poetry competition features performances by hundreds of youth poets from schools and community organizations from all sides of the city & beyond. Preliminary Bouts will be held at various times on Wednesdays - Saturdays.

Upcoming Event
Feb 23

QUEERIOSITY

6pm-8:30pm @ Young Chicago Authors

1180 N. Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60642

QUEERIOSITY is a montly open mic and creative space for queer/questioning youth and their friends. This month we have Akenya (@akenyamusic) featuring, hosted by #YCA Teaching Artist Dominique (@niqjames).

Akenya is a multi-genre singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. Her music places a strong emphasis on jazz and incorporates elements of hip-hop, funk, pop, classical, and world music. A proud Chicago native, Akenya has performed and recorded with some of the city's leading artists such as Smino, Saba, and Chance the Rapper. In 2016, Akenya joined forces with emerging rapper Noname, appearing on her acclaimed debut album Telefone and touring as her musical director and opening act in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. After appearing with Noname on her Tiny Desk Concert, Akenya was asked to contribute vocals to Chicago legend Mavis Staples's Grammy® nominated, 2017 album If All I Was Was Black. While recording at the famous The Loft Recording Studio, Akenya worked closely with the album's producer and writer, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Akenya is currently working on her highly anticipated, debut LP, Moon in the 4th. Her newest single Decay is out now and can be streamed, downloaded, and purchased anywhere music is available.

For more info or to sign up contact ana@youngchicagoauthors.org

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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.