The Largest Youth Poetry Festival In The World

Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB) is the largest youth poetry festival in the world.

LTAB is an annual event hosting over 1,000 youth poets for a month of Olympic-style poetry bouts, workshops, and special events. Students representing schools and community groups in the Chicago area perform original solo and group poems in a tournament-style competition.

From all of us at Young Chicago Authors: thank you for making LTAB 2018 a successful festival!

About LTAB
Our Mission

Founded in 2001

Founded in 2001 after the Twin Towers fell, during a time when young people of color in Chicago were being targeted by an anti-gang loitering law which aimed to take away their right to assemble in groups of more than two.

By 2 Chicago-Based Poets

Two Chicago-based poets-Kevin Coval and Anna West-and a group of educators created a space for youth to congregate and express themselves through the writing and performing of spoken word poetry.

From a Handful of Teams

What started with a handful of teams spitting bars in a basement has grown into over 120 teams all over the city and the suburbs competing to packed houses.

To Cities Across America

Now more than 13 cities across the country and Canada use the LTAB Chicago model to educate and organize.

The Documentary

Louder Than a Bomb - Trailer

Directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel, the LOUDER THAN A BOMB documentary follows four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in LTAB.

LTAB Calendar

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LTAB Events
Featured Event
Jan 18

Sandra Cisneros Regional Slam

6pm-8:30pm @ Richard T. Crane Medical Prep

2245 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612

Upcoming Event
Jan 19

Patricia Smith Regional Slam

12:30pm-2:30pm @ Collins Academy High School

1313 S Sacramento Dr, Chicago, IL 60623

Upcoming Event
Jan 26

Gwendolyn Brooks South Side Regional Slam

12:30-2:30pm @ Butler College Prep

821 E 103rd St, Chicago, IL 60628

Upcoming Event
Feb 1

Luis Rodriguez Regional Slam

6pm-8:30pm @ Little Village High School

3120 S Kostner Ave, Chicago, IL 60623

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