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Louder Than A Bomb - DMV

LOUDER THAN A BOMB - DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival (LTAB-DMV) - Split This Rock and poetryN.O.W. are proud to host Louder Than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry competition and festival in the DMV! Join us for the Grand Slam Finals May 7th at the Gala Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights. The competing schools: Woodrow Wilson, Caesar Chavez, Montgomery Blair, and Madeira School. The event will also feature performances by Women of the World Champion Imani Cezanne and cellist Benjamin Gates. More info below!

Get LTAB Finals Tickets Here!

Check out videos from Louder Than a Bomb Festival 2015 on the DC Youth Slam Team Youtube Channel!

 

2016 LOUDER THAN A BOMB - DMV TEEN POETRY SLAM FESTIVAL
APRIL 30 THROUGH MAY 7

More than just a poetry slam, Louder Than A Bomb is about sharing, listening, and connecting with other young people from a different part of town, or country, or cultural heritage. It’s about using our words to build the world we envision, starting with ourselves, our schools, and our slams.

The goal of Louder Than a Bomb (LTAB)-DMV is not solely to promote a culture of literacy, critical thought, self-confidence, and powerful public speaking. It is also to bring together teenage poets from throughout the DC area to connect across lines of region, race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and politics and to listen to, learn from, and bond with one another. Spoken word poetry is the bridge these students use to promote tolerance, understanding, and non-violent conflict resolution. They are making changes in themselves and in their communities.

Between April 30th and May 7, teenage poets from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will come together to participate in friendly slam competition and several city wide workshops. The Grand Slam Finals on Saturday, May 7 will culminate the one-week festival, where one team will be crowned the 2016 LTAB DMV Champions. Learn more at the LTAB website.

The Louder Than a Bomb-DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival is a program of Split This Rock, with generous support from Busboys and Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. Part of the global Louder Than a Bomb network, LTAB-DMV is one of many regional LTAB's across the world working with Young Chicago Authors to bring their successful after-school team poetry slam program to teenagers everywhere.

 

LTAB PRELIMINARY SLAMS
 

Day 1 - Preliminary 1
Saturday, April 30, 5-7pm, doors open at 4:30pm, Free & Open to the Public
Busboys and Poets - Brookland, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Competing Teams: Words Beats & Life, Hayfield, Washington-Lee, Woodrow Wilson
Visit the Facebook Event page!
UPDATE: Woodrow Wilson heads to finals!

Day 1 - Preliminary 2
Saturday, April 30, 5-7pm, doors open at 4:30pm, Free & Open to the Public

Busboys & Poets - 5th and K St, 1025 5th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Competing Teams: Loudoun School for the Gifted, Cesar Chavez, Parkdale, Wakefield
Visit the Facebook Event page!
UPDATE: Cesar Chavez heads to finals!

Day 2 - Preliminary 1
Sunday, May 1, 5-7pm, doors open at 4:30pm, Free & Open to the Public

Busboys and Poets - Brookland, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20017
Competing Teams: Montgomery Blair, Paul Laurence Dunbar, HD Woodson
Visit the Facebook Event page!
UPDATE: Montgomery Blair heads to finals!

Day 2 - Preliminary 2
Sunday, May 1, 5-7pm, doors open at 4:30pm, Free & Open to the Public

Busboys & Poets - 5th and K St, 1025 5th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001
Competing Teams: Madeira School, Eleanor Roosevelt, McKinley Technology
Visit the Facebook Event page!
UPDATE: Madeira School heads to finals!


LOUDER THAN A BOMB 2016 FINALS

LTAB FINALS with Special Performances by 2016 Women of the World Champion IMANI CEZANNE and cellist BENJAMIN GATES
Sat. May 7, 3-5 pm, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20010
Cost: $10, Purchase tickets online!

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, IMANI CEZANNE is a passionate poet, workshop facilitator, community organizer and slam coach. She just recently returned home from taking 2nd place at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Austin, Texas. In the past four years, Imani Cezanne has been on four National Poetry Slam teams (San Diego (2), Oakland and Da Poetry Lounge), three of which placed in the top six at the National Poetry Slam. Last season, along with two of her team members, she was invited to perform on the TV One network's Verses and Flow, a cable television show dedicated to showcasing performance poets from around the country, all while obtaining a bachelor's degree in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University. Imani is one of Split This Rock's dynamic Teaching Artists bringing poetry to students in DC area schools. Check out Imani's poem #flyingwhileblack in The Quarry, Split This Rock's online social justice poetry database!

 

BENJAMIN GATES was born and raised in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He is currently a self-employed cellist. At a very young age, Benjamin had such a love for music that he made homemade instruments and played them, making rhythmic sounds. His mom saw his talent and started him in music classes. As a result, Benjamin has been playing the cello since he was four years old.

As part of the DC Youth Orchestra Program, Benjamin advanced through the levels very quickly and ultimately became its Principal Cellist. As Principal Cellist, he has played at the White House for the annual Easter egg event attended by President Obama and his family and the 50th DC Youth Orchestra Reunion at the Kennedy Center. Check out Benjamin performing on Youtube!


Visit the 2016 Louder Than a Bomb website!