A performance of spoken word and slam poetry at Louder Than A Bomb | © Mercedes Zapata / Courtesy of Young Chicago Authors
If you’re lucky enough to be in Chicago during the world’s largest youth poetry festival, you’ve hit the jackpot. Louder Than a Bomb
features 120 teams of slam poets from high schools, middle schools and communities around the country over the course of several weeks. Part of the Young Chicago Authors
organization, LTAB is continuously one of the most hyped and electric arts events that the city has to offer. According to poet and YCA’s marketing manager José Olivarez
, it’s also a place where one can end up with young people from all over Chicago in the same room, bonding over a single art form. If you miss LTAB, have no fear. YCA hosts a weekly open mic and poetry performance perfect for poetry enthusiasts. Every Tuesday night, a workshop takes place at 6 pm, followed by an open mic at 7 pm when students and young adults perform their work. At 8:15 pm, featured artists take the stage. Some big names (Chance the Rapper, anyone?) have come through this open mic, and each week features brand-new material from a diverse range of poets. Do not miss this.