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March 28, 2020 at 7:00 PM PDT
Every year Youth Speaks Seattle hosts 3 preliminary slams leading up to a Grand Slam. These slams provide an energetic stage, mic, and audience to witness and celebrate young people’s voices in a world where they are often silenced.
“THE POINT IS NOT THE POINTS, THE POINT IS THE POETRY.”
That’s what we chant at every slam. We believe scores do not have the power to define us or our experiences. We recognize that scores can have an impact on participating poets but they are not the reason we come together. We use the slam format as a tool to gather community and ignite a space of artistry, bravery, truth, and social change.
The finalists from each preliminary slam will compete in our Grand Slam, where we determine a 5 person slam team to represent Youth Speaks Seattle at Brave New Voices, an international youth poetry competition.