Due to the state-wide COVID-19 quarantine Young Chicago Authors has suspended all in-person programming. Please see our calendar for our virtual program offerings.

In addition to curating a full slate of year-round educational arts programming and the annual Louder Than A Bomb youth poetry festival, 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 current and recent projects listed below.

Open Workshops

Emcee Wreckshop (Rap)

Are you an aspiring musician and rapper looking for a space to develop and present your work?

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Check the Method (Poetry)

Check The Method offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spoken word to the most dedicated young writers in the city.

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Queeriosity

Queeriosity is a free monthly poetry salon for LBGTQ and questioning youth aged 12-25 to explore the world through a queer lens.

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Young Chicago Authors specializes in collaborating with organizations to bring young artists to new audiences in fresh and unique ways. If you’re interested in commissioning YCA poets or bringing our artists to your organization, please contact booking@youngchicagoauthors.org.

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