Saturday, February 16, 2013 (All day) - Saturday, March 9, 2013 (All day)

February 16 through March 9 2013, Young Chicago Authors (YCA) will hostLouder Than A Bomb 2013 (LTAB), the largest youth poetry festival in the world, as featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network.
More than 700 students from more than 100 Chicago area schools will take center stage for a poetry slam competition in front of more than 5,000 audience members. Preliminary bouts will begin February 18, 2013 at Columbia College Chicago, all leading up to the finals event at the prestigious Cadillac Theatre on March 9, 2013.
In partnership with Columbia College Chicago, WBEZ 91.5 and Vocalo 89.5, LTAB offers students the platform to share their stories. LTAB Founder and YCA Artistic Director Kevin Coval believes, “As the specter of violence in Chicago creeps into national headlines, LTAB offers a counter-narrative from the perspectives of the young people most affected by the violence…LTAB is the platform and forum where they can be listened to, one young person at time, from every neighborhood in Chicago, gathered together to listen to and speak with one another, alive and direct.”
LTAB features additional open-to-the-public events such as:
·         Reading and Conversation at Young Chicago Authors on February 16, 2013 with four-time National Poetry Champion Patricia Smith
·         Mixtape release party at Lincoln Hall on March 3, 2013 featuring up-and-coming rapper Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa of Kids These Days
·         Reading and Conversation at Young Chicago Authors on March 6, 2013 with New York Times best-selling author Adam Mansbach.
For a complete list of festival events and to buy tickets please visit us at For event information, “like” Louder Than A Bomb on Facebook and follow @youngchiauthors #LTAB2013 for live updates by participants.
#LTAB2013 Press Kit:
Check out these videos to feel the #LTAB2013 experience:
Louder Than A Bomb 2012 Sizzle Reel
LTAB Documentary Trailer as featured on Oprah’s OWN network
Sponsored by Young Chicago Authors

Contact Information: 

Demetrius Amparan
Director of Publications and Communications
Young Chicago Authors