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

2021 Summer Program 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. Individual poets are given awards by voting from their peers. All participants are eligible for scholarships and special prizes.

*NEW: Join our watch party for the YouTube Premier of the 2021 Rooted & Radical Awards Celebration!

To watch a replay of 2021’s showcase event visit the Rooted & Radical page.

Announcing The Roots Crew!

Young Chicago Authors is proud to announce our new summer apprenticeship program “The Roots Crew” (previously entitled Louder Than A Bomb Squad) that we will be hosting virtually via Zoom. This program is for Chicagoland high school students who are seeking to further develop their poetry pen game. This year we will be offering master poetry workshops in conjunction with four additional artistic pods in the areas of portfolio building, journalism/community stories, music and ekphrastic art. The goal of this paid apprenticeship is for each apprentice to walk away with an art portfolio that they can be proud of. The three-week program will meet Mondays – Thursdays from July 26th – August 12th. Applications are no longer being accepted for 2021. Please check back next summer!

Please email ana@youngchicagoauthors.org with any questions about the application and/or program.