Q: What is LTAB?
A: LTAB is a statewide high school poetry slam for writers ages 13-19. Visit our About page for more information.

Q: What is a poetry slam?
A: Simply put, poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. In competition, the poets are judged by members of the audience. Typically, the host or another organizer selects the judges, who are instructed to give numerical scores (on a zero to 10 or one to 10 scale) based on the poets’ content and performance. [via Poetry Slam Inc.]

Q: How do I register for LTAB?
A: Please visit the Registration page for more information about deadlines and registration requirements.

Q: How many students make up a team?
A: Teams require at least four students and may have as many as eight in total (with up to two alternates). Alternates may participate with a team but may not compete unless one of the 4-8 team members is unable to attend or participate for the duration of the festival.

Q: How do I prepare my team for competition?
A: Each bout will include five rounds: four individual, single-poet, rounds, followed by a fifth group piece round that requires four poets to be on stage at once. For more information, please consult the Coaches Guidehere.

Q: Can I bring students without being a part of the poetry slam?
A: Yes! We encourage all prospective teams or individuals to check out the festival. We offer Non-Competing team registration that allows teams of high school students to fully participate in all events, attend all meals, and receive team swag. Though not directly competing, those students will still be invited to serve as judges and audience members during the competition.

Q: Who sponsors LTAB?
A: LTAB is a program of InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit’s oldest and longest running youth poetry organization. Funding changes year-to-year and often takes the effort of a coalition of grants, sponsors, in-kind services, and individual donors.

Q: My team is located outside of Detroit? Can you support transportation?
A: Unfortunately, transportation must be handled independently by each team. There is ample street and structured parking around the facilities for LTAB. If your school or organization needs invoices, formal letters, or permission slips in order to attend LTAB, festival organizers are able to provide those upon request.

Q: Will you provide housing, too?
A: No. Teams that require housing should independently lodge their teams. We have a ton of recommendations on places to stay depending on the needs of your team, but since most teams commute each day to the festival, we are not facilitating lodging on behalf of teams this year.

Q: Is LTAB open to the public?
A: All performances – which includes the poetry slam bouts, the Grand Slam, and the MC Olympics – are free and open to the public. Crossing the Street, Youth Workshops, the High School Open Mic, and all meals during the festival require advance registration, which can be done at the Registrations page.