The Roots Crew is a five-week summer apprenticeship with Young Chicago Authors for fifteen young poets, both in-person and virtual

Young Chicago Authors is proud to announce our summer apprenticeship program “The Roots Crew” (previously titled BombSquad) that we will be hosting in person and virtually via Zoom. This program is for Chicagoland high school students who are seeking to further develop their poetry pen game. Class of ‘22 graduates are welcome to apply.

We will be offering master poetry workshops in conjunction with four additional artistic pods in the areas of portfolio building, ekphrastic art, journalism/community stories, and music/songwriting. The goal of this paid apprenticeship is for each apprentice to walk away with an art portfolio that they can be proud of. The five-week program will meet Tuesdays – Fridays, 10am-3pm, from June 27th – July 30th. Applications are now closed. Please email with any questions about the application and/or program.

Roots Crew 2021 showcase event:

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