May 10, 2017
As this year’s “More Than Music” experience continues to grow, Mamby is thrilled to partner with Young Chicago Authors (YCA) for curated live poetry and open mic performances. YCA was founded in 1991 as an outlet for Chicago youth to express themselves in a safe and creative environment alongside their peers.
On Sunday, June 25, attendees will be treated to a sampling of the organization’s most acclaimed event: Louder Than A Bomb. Known as the largest youth poetry festival in the world, Louder Than A Bomb is a tournament-style poetry festival where students represent their schools through original solo and group performances. At Mamby, Young Chicago Authors will provide an entire day of engaging live pieces and activities including madlibs, wordplay games and more starting at 2 PM, headlined by The Bomb Squad live poetry performances and a curated open mic sessions at 4 PM.
Through a variety of arts education programs, including writing workshops, open mics, poetry slams and free Education Partnerships with qualifying schools, YCA has become an essential part of the city’s cultural landscape. YCA’s programs serve as an introduction to and immersion in a vibrant literary community that transcends cultural and socio-economic boundaries. Kevin Coval, Chicago-based poet-activist and Artistic Director of YCA and its yearly Louder Than A Bomb festival, was recently featured on The Daily Show, where he discussed the meaning and impact of the organization on the city’s creative youth.
“In Chicago’s contemporary landscape, there is a desperate need for a space dedicated to the voices of young people who face violence and segregation on a daily basis, a safe place that provides a platform for youth expression and celebrates the narratives of teens from every corner of the city.” – Kevin Coval