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Louder Than a Bomb: The Michigan Youth Poetry Festival!
LTAB is the largest youth poetry festival in Michigan. The annual event welcomes teens from across the state to celebrate youth voice, artistic growth, and the power of poetry.
Over the course of the week, hundreds of youth poets convene in Detroit to participate in artistic competitions and collaborative programming. Guided by coaches, teachers, and artistic mentors, teams go head-to-head in Olympic-style poetry slams in hopes of being crowned the state champion.
Experience LTAB beyond the competition, too. Hone your skills in workshops led by renowned artists from across the region. Share your story at a youth-curated high school open mic. Put your rhyming talent on display at the MC Olympics. Witness poets that aren’t yet in high school taking the stage at Bomb Squad: A Young People’s Poetry Showcase.
Louder Than a Bomb: The Michigan Youth Poetry Festival is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its Knight Arts Challenge, with additional support from the Dresner Foundation, McGregor Fund, MGM Detroit, Youth Speaks, Wayne State University, Detroit Institute of Bagels, and Hostel Detroit.
LTAB was founded by Young Chicago Authors and has led to the development of over 17 independent festivals across the northern hemisphere.