Due to COVID-19 YCA has suspended in-person programming. See our calendar for virtual programs.

The 21st 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 our website.


LTAB 2021 Festival Overview:

  • Coaches’ Meeting on Saturday, 2/20
  • Captains’ Council on Saturday. 2/27
  • Crossing the Street on Saturday, 3/13
  • Preliminary Bouts will be held 3/17 – 3/24 + 3/24 – 3/27 (these bouts will be reserved for poets, teams + schools)
  • Semi-Finals – Friday, 4/9 + Saturday, 4/10 (open to the public)
  • Team Finals Showcase – Saturday, 4/24 (open to the public)

Poets + Coaches, please stay tuned for more info on our Celebratory AUXILIARY EVENTS:

  • Louder Than A Bomba – A Celebration of Latinx culture
  • Queeriosity – A Celebration of Queer culture
  • Jordan Slam – A Celebration of Duos + Trios
  • Long Hair Don’t Care – A Celebration of Natural Hair
  • Halal If You Hear Me – A Celebration of Muslim culture
  • Emcee Olympics – A Celebration of Hip Hop culture
  • Toni Morrison Slam – A Celebration of Black Fem culture
  • House of Hoodwives Podcast – A Celebration of Community Organizing

More information to come, stay tuned!