April 23, 2013 in GPRX Blog by Jones Franzel
After the events in Boston in last week, many of us are needing an injection of hope. And while the topics that the young poets in the Louder Than A Bomb Youth Poetry Festival tackle are often painful, the way in which these young people use words will give you hope. Raw talent, passionate delivery, gifted insight. Louder Than A Bomb is exactly that: words more powerful than violence.
Enjoy the whole series from WBEZ on PRX.
March 23, 2011 in Youthcast by Molly Adams
Performers at Louder Than A Bomb 2010 by Flickr user cvyn2010
The Louder Than A Bomb poetry slam
in Chicago just wrapped up a few weeks ago. This gathering of literary young people is ostensibly a competition, but when you look it up in the news, its always hard to find out who the winners were. Why? Well, because LTAB is about anything but winning. Like most poetry slams, its an event for storytellers, people who have intensely funny, intensely scary, intensely romantic, and of course, intensely personal stories
to tell. How are you supposed to really
judge something like that?
From a series of recordings from last year's slam
, I wanted to share a poem by Keith "Blu" Warfield. It's about the moment he and his girlfriend first looked at each other and were like, "Oh yeah. It's on." I'm a sucker for a good love story.
Listen to some of this year's contestant's over at WBEZ Chicago's website
. WBEZ is a media sponsor for Louder Than A Bomb and they also give me a paycheck for hosting a show on Vocalo
. Full disclosure and plug for me!