“From the artist who is shivering and sharing their work for the first time in front of a live audience, to the seasoned teen who has grown wings and sharp teeth, the raw integrity of the words and performances will leave you clamoring to hear and DO more.”
The Detroit Youth Poetry Slam gives young performance poets the opportunity to voice their fresh perspectives on issues that affect us all. Sometimes as a seasoned writer (and member of the audience) tunnel vision can settle in and we can get stuck in our opinions.
There hasn’t been one Detroit Youth Poetry Slam that I’ve attended that hasn’t left me in tears of awe with the critical and poignant thoughts of these performers. I’ve heard stories from these artists that celebrate their ancestors, highlight their navigation through love, explore their relationship with their family, and challenge systemic racism and poverty.
I’ve heard radical hopes for changing the world in and around them and I’ve walked away fully relieved that as I grow older, I’ll be in good hands with these young revolutionaries.