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April 2012: Urban Word NYC

Urban Word NYC

From March 8th to April 2nd, six preliminary and four semi-final Slams will take place in New York City’s most notable literary and performance venues. They will showcase more than 500 teens, aged 13-19, that honor poetry and the art of spoken word & hip-hop. A slam is a competition where poets perform original work of three minutes or less, without props, costumes or musical accompaniment. The 500 competing slam poets will manifest the work of Urban Word NYC, which harnesses the appeal and energy of competition while honoring the courage and value of youth self-expression. 24 teen poets will advance through these preliminary and semifinal rounds to compete at the Grand Slam Final at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on April 7th.

The Annual Urban Word Teen Poetry Slam has grown to be the largest slam poetry event in New York City. During this competition, 24 of New York City’s best teen spoken word poets will perform their own original work – for a chance to become one of six members to represent the City of New York this summer at the 2012 Brave New Voices Nationals in San Francisco. The NYC Team reined champion of this competition in 2005 and 2010 and placed second in most of the years in between. This year, top six winning teens from the Annual Urban Word Teen Poetry Slam will compete at the National Teen Poetry Slam in San Francisco, as featured on the HBO series Brave New Voices.

Urban Word NYC, founded in 1999 is a non-profit organization that uses the competitive format of spoken word poetry and creative writing to attract teens into an environment, which nurtures youth expression, development, and higher education.

Apollo Theater in Harlem

Dates & Times
Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 7PM

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Price: $20 for adults, $12 for teens Tickets are available at

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