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

Young Chicago Authors is proud to announce our Rooted & Radical Youth Poetry Festival, previously named 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.

We are using this year’s virtual festival as a means to provide a “preview” into our new direction for the full Rooted & Radical Youth Poetry Festival in 2022. Additionally, we want to empower the youth poets to use their voices to celebrate one another through our student voting system. This year’s festival was broadcast on the home page of YCA’s website June 18, 2021. Replay of the festival is available to watch below: