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The 14th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slams Grand Slam Finals
The Warfield Theatre
San Francisco, CA
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The 14th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slams Grand Slam Finals
Youth poets are superheroes with the power to see through false pretense and speak the "raw, honest, down & dirty truth".  Thats the theme at this years annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam, presented by the nation's leading nonprofit presenter of spoken word performance, education, and youth development programs, March 12-April 3, 2010.

Over the course of three weeks, over 500 young poets will take the stage and perform original work to over 6,000 audience members  offering their perspective on an array of personal, social, cultural, and political issues.


Teenage poets compete in six preliminary rounds at art galleries, community, and culture centers in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley from March 12 - 13, 2010. Winning poets move on to the semi-finals taking place over two weekends at SFMOMA and the Julia Morgan Young People's Performing Arts Center in Berkeley.

The event culminates in the Grand Slam Finals at the Warfield Theatre on Saturday, April 3 at 7pm, hosted by Lauren Whitehead, with emcee Michelle "Mush" Lee.  Over 3,000 audience members cheer on as the top five slammers are chosen to represent the Bay Area in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in July in Los Angeles, CA.

Held in a different city each year, Brave New Voices is a monumental festival that features teen poetry slam champions from cities, rural, and suburban areas, from all over the world.

The Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam, which began 14 years ago with 37 poets and 300 audience members over three nights, continues to set a standard for Spoken Word performance and arts education programs nationwide. One of the keys to the Slams success is the extensive outreach program Youth Speaks conducts, which brings poets and Spoken Word artists to over 60 schools per year to perform and conduct workshops with almost 40,000 students. Combined with ongoing open mic nights, afterschool workshops, residencies in over a dozen high schools, and other large public events, the annual Slam is part of a growing literary arts movement among young people.

Registration is now open and free to any young poet 13-19 years old.  Info is available at www.youthspeaks.org or poets can send an email to slam@youthspeaks.org, or call 415.255.9035 ext. 12.

CALENDAR EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:
Youth Speaks presents the 14th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

1. Grand Slam Finals
Hosted by Lauren Whitehead with emcees Michelle Mush Lee and Brandon Santiago
Saturday, April 3 at 7pm
Warfield Theatre
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA
Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com
$6 Youth (under 24) & 65 and over, $18 General, $50 VIP Tickets

2. 14th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Semi-Finals in San Francisco
Friday and Saturday, March 19-20 at 7pm
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street, San Francisco
Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
$6 Youth (under 20) & Seniors, $10 General

3. 14th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam Semi-Finals in Berkeley
Friday and Saturday, March 26-27 at 7pm
Julia Morgan Young Peoples Performing Arts Center
2640 College Avenue, Berkeley
Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com
$6 Youth (under 20) & Seniors, $10 General

4. Preliminaries in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley
Friday, March 12, 7pm
Pro Arts at the Oakland Art Gallery
99 Kahns Alley, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

Friday, March 12, 7pm
826 Valencia
826 Valencia Street, San Francisco

Saturday, March 13, 2pm - 4:30pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Saturday, March 13, 4pm  6pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street, San Francisco

Saturday, March 13, 5pm  8pm
La Pena Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

Saturday, March 13, 7pm  9pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street, San Francisco


Youth Speaks
Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of spoken word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. Presenters of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series, and more, Youth Speaks also offers a comprehensive slate of literary arts education programs during the school day and after school, and provides numerous publication and youth development programs. All told, Youth Speaks works with 45,000 teens per year in the Bay Area alone, and has created partner programs in 42 cities across the United States.  For further information about Youth Speaks, visit www.youthspeaks.org.

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The Warfield Theatre
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
United States

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