When it comes to innovative after-school activities for high school kids, some people are into the Urban Debate League. Others are into the youth theater thing (APTP, etc.), or the video thing (SWYC).
Me, I'm into poetry slams -- performed pieces of original poetry delivered to an audience and judged, Olympics-style, to a raucous audience.
So for that reason I'm especially thankful to Molly Myers at Gwendolyn Brooks for reminding me to take the time go see the finals of Louder Than a Bomb, sponsored by Young Chicago Authors,
the youth poetry slam that takes place round about now each year.
Seeing 900 kids from all around the city and suburbs jam into the Metro
to speak their minds -- often eloquently -- was a great antidote to the
school violence news in the Sun Times.
More on this later, but they say that the poems are going to be
available online soon at www.chicagopublicradio.org, and that they're
working on a Spanish-language version of the slam to encourage more
kids to get involved.
While you're there, check out the group piece by the kids from Noble Street, which was excellent, or any of the pieces by the kids from Thornwood who had never entered the contest until their librarian of all people turned them onto LTAB.
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