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Louder Than a Bomb Squad

Louder Than A Bomb Squad is a six-week summer apprenticeship with Young Chicago Authors for twelve young poets.

In the months after our annual Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival, poets are invited to apply for Bomb Squad based on their craft, content, dedication, work ethic, interest in pursuing the life of an artist/teaching artist, and ability to be an ambassador for YCA.

Over the six-week apprenticeship, poets work on their craft and are initiated into the life of a working artist. They take field trips through Chicago’s rich cultural landscape, meet with professional local artists, and participate in YCA's Write To The City summer camp, all under the guidance of mentors from our artistic team. Once their apprenticeship is complete, Bomb Squad becomes YCA’s battalion of talent, speaking and performing throughout the country on behalf of the organization and the work.