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Youth Speaks Announces 18th Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

…Because the Next Generation Can Speak For Itself

SAN FRANCISCO, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tickets are now on sale for the Grand Slam Finals of the 18th annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam, a dynamic, tournament-style competition that brings together more than 500 young poets from throughout the Bay Area. The top six young poets of the Grand Slam Finals will go on to represent the Bay Area in the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Festival, July 16-19 in Philadelphia, where teams from all over the world are invited to participate in a weeklong, intensive series of workshops, poetry slams and get-togethers where they can exchange art and viewpoints and their mentors can exchange pedagogy and best practices.

"In an era where youth are consistently misrepresented and misinterpreted in mainstream media outlets, this is an opportunity for them to speak their own voice and respond to an ever-increasing empathy deficit in our world." – Susie Lundy, Bay Area Program Director.

The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam kicks off April 12, 2014 for four weeks, and the top sixteen poets will be competing in the Grand Slam Finals on May 10, 2014 at the Nourse Auditorium.

About 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.

ATTENTION CALENDAR EDITORS
Celebrate the voices of 21st century America! Youth Speaks hosted the first Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in 1997, the first poetry slam for teenagers in the country.

WHO
Youth Speaks

WHAT
Grand Slam Finals of the 18th Annual of the Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam

WHERE
The Nourse Auditorium
275 Hayes Street (Between Van Ness and Franklin)
San Francisco, CA 94117

WHEN
May 10, 2014
7:00pm. Doors opens at 6pm.

TICKETS
Youth Tickets are $5 (24 and under). Adult Tickets are $10. VIP Tickets are $50
Tickets can be purchased at www.youthspeaks.org
For more information, visit www.youthspeaks.org

SOURCE Youth Speaks

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