In addition to curating a full slate of year-round educational arts programming and the annual Rooted & Radical youth poetry festival (formerly Louder Than A Bomb), Young Chicago Authors collaborates with multiple arts institutions and community organizations in Chicago and across the country on special one-off performance events featuring YCA staff and associate artists, including the recent projects listed below.
Rooted & Radical is an update of YCA’s previous youth poetry festival Louder Than A Bomb. This newly imagined festival rethinks scoring and judging to empower participants and get back to the heart of creating a community for young people to share their stories in a non-competitive environment. All participants will be eligible for scholarships and special prizes.
Chicago Youth Poet Laureate
The National Youth Poet Laureate program is an initiative of Urban Word, an award-winning youth literary arts and youth development organization. The Chicago Youth Poet Laureate Program has been administered by Young Chicago Authors since 2016. The Chicago Youth Poet Laureate is a young person selected from YCA’s ecosystem of programs to serve as an artistic ambassador for the year. The Chicago Youth Poet Laureate receives professional development as a teaching artist and mentorship to develop a chapbook, published in partnership with Haymarket Books.
2016-2017 – E’mon Lauren
2017-2018 – Patricia Frazier
2018-2019 – Kara Jackson