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Louder Than A Bomb - DMV

LOUDER THAN A BOMB - DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival (LTAB-DMV) - Sponsored by Split This Rock and poetryN.O.W., Louder Than A Bomb - DMV brings together poetry slam teams from DC, Maryland, and Virginia high schools for a weekend of workshops, shows, ciphers, food and friends, and of course the slam competition. Students in after school poetry clubs across the region work all year crafting new pieces and hoping to make it onto their school slam team so that they can compete in LTAB-DMV. In partnership with Young Chicago Authors, the nonprofit in Chicago running the original and largest Louder Than A Bomb program, we are working with schools to bridge the divides in our communities. 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.


Teenage poets from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will come together to enjoy two full weeks of poetry workshops, open mics, performances, film screenings, and slam competition culminating in the Grand Slam Finals on May 2 at 7pm  — crowning one team the 2015 LTAB-DMV Champion. Most events are open to the public.  

LTAB SEMI-FINALSCost: $5 at the door 
Weds. April 29, 5 - 9pm, True Reformer, Building, 1200 U St, NW, Washington, DC. 
Semi-Finals will include the following high school teams: Parkdale’s “Lyrikal Storm,” Montgomery Blair’s “Compa$$Ion Fruit,” Mckinley Tech’s Slam Team, Bishop Mcnamara’s “Untitled,” Wilson’s “Motley Society,” Madeira’s Slam Team, Robinson's Slam Team, and Dunbar's Slam Team.

LTAB FINALS Featuring Danez Smith and Azania to DC South African Poets — Cost: $5 in advance, $15 on May 2 
Sat. May 2, 7 - 9:30pm, University of DC, Theatre of Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW Bldg 46, Washington, DC
Purchase tickets online at EventBrite!

DANEZ SMITH is the author of [insert] Boy (YesYes Books, 2014) and the chapbook hands on ya knees (Penmanship Books, 2013). Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, Voices of Our Nation (VONA) and elsewhere. He is a founding member of the multigenre, multicultural Dark Noise Collective. His writing has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, Kinfolks, Split This Rock Poem of the Week series and elsewhere. In poetry slam, he is a 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and the reigning two-time Rustbelt Individual Champion, and was on the 2014 championship team Sad Boy Supper Club. In 2014 he was the festival director for the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam, a featured poet at Split This Rock's poetry festival, and awarded a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He earned a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was a First Wave Urban Arts Scholar.

AZANIA TO DC -- Established and rising spoken word artists from South Africa will be hosting the 2015 Louder Than a Bomb DMV Teen Poetry Slam Festival and working with youth programs in local high schools. The artists from the City of Tshwane/ Pretoria are touring in the U.S. to share their poetry, music, and art as part of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Sister City International Arts Grant. The artists are: Vangi Gantsho, Phomolo "Flex" Sekamotho, Bianca Mashyle, Ishmael "Phiziks" Sibiya, Sphephelo "ZuluBoy" Mfundo, Refilwe Majoko, Rolland "Simpi" Motaung, and Lenah Mashiya.

Check out LTABDMV.COM to learn more and for the full 2015 schedule!