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Deft Poetry Slam

By Melissa Feldsher in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 4, 2009 10:50PM

2009_03_louder_than_a_bomb.jpg This Sunday, young Chicago authors will flood the Vic Theatre for the ninth-annual Young Chicago Authors poetry slam, Louder than a Bomb. While Flava Flav further exploits the legacy of Public Enemy to VH1’s Celebreality bacchanalia, Young Chicago Authors brings over 650 of the best and brightest writers attending over 50 Chicago area schools and community centers together to spit, flow, and speak the truth in the name of oral storytelling and the spoken word.

Come Monday morning, only one of the top six individual and top four team finalists can claim the title, but YCA holds performances, after-school programs, and Saturday writing programs for the aspiring and the inspired throughout the year. Watch the preview of their upcoming documentary or listen to contributions from previous years’ finalists and head to the Vic on Sunday to see the next Russell Simmons.

Louder than a Bomb teen poetry festival is on March 8 at The Vic Theatre, 3145 N Sheffield, $10-20

BY: Melissa Feldsher

Photo courtesy of Young Chicago Authors