Louder Than a Bomb 2012

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Just in time for National Poetry Month, Chicago Public Media (WBEZ-Chicago) presents the latest series of studio recordings featuring finalists from the 2012 Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Festival and Competition.

Founded in 2001, the annual "Louder Than A Bomb" teen poetry slam engages schools and community organizations from all over the Chicago area. This friendly competition gathers the best and brightest young writers (age 13-19) from throughout the region with the winners going on to represent Chicago at the national level. Each year since 2005, WBEZ has invited competition Finalists into our studios to record their work.

We present to you 24 new pieces (all right around 3 minutes), exploring themes of race and identity, religion, sexuality, teachers, self-improvement, the power of youth voices, national and international affairs. Enjoy!

24 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Poet Asha Ransby-Sporn
Poet Asha Ransby-Sporn, 17, is a senior at University of Chicago Laboratory High School. This is her first year participating in Louder Than a Bom...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:43
Caption: Poet Kush Thompson
Poet Kush Thompson, 17, is a senior at Orr Academy High School, but she was representing YOUmedia Chicago in this year's competition. This is her ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 03:14
Caption: Poet Essie Linzy
Poet Essie Lindzy, 18, is a senior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. This is her second year participating in Louder Than a Bomb. Rosie reca...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 03:08
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Caption: Poet Malcolm London
Poet Malcolm London, 18, is a 2011 graduate of Lincoln Park High School and participated in Louder Than a Bomb for the third year, this time as par...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:44