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 with two alternates. Alternates may participate with a team but may not compete unless one of the core team members is unable to attend or participate for the duration of the event.

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 as a non-competitor. Those students will still be able to participate in all workshops and events.

Q: Who sponsors LTAB?
A: LTAB is primarily sponsored by the The John S. And James L. Knight Foundation which awarded a two-year $50,000 grant for the Detroit Challenge Award. Additional funding is provided by the Brave New Voices Network and McGregor Foundation. LTAB has in-kind support from Wayne State University and the Office of Community and Government Affairs.

Q: How do I get my team to Detroit?
A: Transportation must be handled independently by each team. There is ample street and structured parking around the facilities for LTAB. If you need help drafting permission slips for your students to travel with you, please contact

Q: Is LTAB open to the public?
A: All performances are free and open to the public. Crossing the Street, workshops, and meals during the first half of the day require advance registration, which can be done at the Registrations page.