Due to the state-wide COVID-19 quarantine Young Chicago Authors has suspended all in-person programming. Please see our calendar for our virtual program offerings.

Young Chicago Authors

Cultivating young voices through writing, publication, and performance education.

Louder Than A Bomb 2020

The 20th anniversary of Louder Than A Bomb, the world's largest youth poetry festival, is going virtual!

We are excited to continue to honor and celebrate the brilliant poets from across Chicago! This year, not only are we sharing with our local communities, but the world. We'll be streaming the Indy and Team finals at YouTube Live and/or right here at this space!

Updated LTAB Schedule (all times CST):

Indy Finals: Thursday, April 30, 6 - 8 PM

Team Finals: Saturday, May 2, 6 - 9 PM

LTAB University: Dates TBD (Please check back for updates)

Louder Than A Bomb

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Jun 6
Jun 6

Emcee Wreckshop

4 - 6 PM @ Zoom video

*Due to COVID-19 quarantine YCA has suspended in-person programming until further notice.

Are you an aspiring musician and rapper looking for a space to develop and present your work? The session begins with a workshop taught via Zoom video 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 virtual stage in a performative cypher.

Upcoming Event
Jun 13
Jun 13

Emcee Wreckshop

4 - 6 PM @ Zoom video

*Due to COVID-19 quarantine YCA has suspended in-person programming until further notice.

Are you an aspiring musician and rapper looking for a space to develop and present your work? The session begins with a workshop taught via Zoom video 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 virtual stage in a performative cypher.

Upcoming Event
Jun 19
Jun 19

Louder Than A Bomb University Preliminary Bout 1

5 - 7 PM @ YouTube Live

*Due to COVID-19 quarantine YCA has suspended in-person programming until further notice.

Individual university-level poets compete in our virtual slam-style poetry competition. Join us on YouTube Live for an evening of poetry by emerging literary talent from all corners of Chicago and beyond.

Upcoming Event
Jun 19
Jun 19

Louder Than A Bomb University Preliminary Bout 2

7 - 9 PM @ YouTube Live

*Due to COVID-19 quarantine YCA has suspended in-person programming until further notice.

Individual university-level poets compete in our virtual slam-style poetry competition. Join us on YouTube Live for an evening of poetry by emerging literary talent from all corners of Chicago and beyond.

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Young Chicago Authors transforms the lives of young people by cultivating their voices through writing, publication, and performance education.