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Louder Than a Bomb: Michigan’s High School Poetry Festival!


At Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB), teams of poets from high schools across the state come together for a weekend of collaborative and competitive artistry.

Imagine hundreds of high school poets battling stanza-for-stanza, bar-for-bar, to earn the annual title of Michigan’s poetry capital. Imagine, still, those same poets eagerly writing new drafts of poems in their notebooks and on their cell phones, breaking bread with peers from cities and schools throughout the region, and sharing their truths to a world that so often refuses to hear them. This work, these poets, are Louder Than a Bomb.


Read more about the 2016 festival at The Knight Foundation.

Congratulations to our 2016 team champions, Team Elements representing the Troy Public Library!


“LTAB has impacted all of us. Each and every one of us seven has become more confident, both in ourselves and in the words we allow ourselves to say. We’ve learned poetry’s origins, the beast of our city, how to rap, project, and, most of all, how to let the words flow like electricity from inside our hearts, through our pens, and onto the page without shying away from the shock value.”
– Rashika, Team Elements

Read more about the team at The Oakland Press

LTAB is produced by InsideOut Literary Arts Project and is made possible with support from The John S. And James L. Knight Foundation, Brave New Voices Network, and Wayne State University’s Office of Community and Government Affairs.

If you’d like to attend LTAB, please visit our Events page.

If you’d like to support LTAB, please visit our Sponsorship page.

“War comes in many forms and poetry can unfold them all.” – LTAB participant evaluation