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

2021 Summer Programming Information & Registrations

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. We invite all youth poets to participate in showcases that will occur on the dates & times listed below. Individual poets will advance by student voting and will be assigned to all-city teams where they will be celebrated during the festival’s final showcase on June 19th. All participants will be eligible for scholarships and special prizes.

Friday, June 18, 6-8 PM (preliminary rounds)
Saturday, June 19, 4-6 PM (finals)

Rooted & Radical 2021 registration is now closed.

More summer programming information coming soon…