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30 Minutes- Tucson Youth Poetry Slam
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (29:06) 2012-05-20 Amanda Shauger
30 Minutes- Tucson Youth Poetry Slam
Tucson Youth Poetry Slam to represent Tucson at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco. 30 Minutes features 6 poets from the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam who performed last week at Edge: A Reading Series of Emerging and Younger Writers.

Edge is a series of local and national writers and cross-genre artists, emphasizing diversity of narrative, identity and literary source. Its purpose is to create community, visibility and voice for emerging and younger writers. Edge takes place monthly at the writing center Casa Libre en la Solana.

The Tucson Youth Poetry Slam advocates literacy, critical thinking and youth voice through poetry competitions, workshops and community showcases and has just celebrated its second season.

A monthly poetry slam competition is open to all youth 19 & under and is held every 3rd Saturday at Bentley's House of Coffee & Tea, 1730 E Speedway.

In July these poets will be traveling to San Francisco to represent Tucson at the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival, the largest event of its kind in the world. This is the first time Tucson has been accepted to participate in the festival, and Tucson is the only team from Arizona that has been accepted to compete. Poets include:

    Araceli Montaņo, 18 from Sunnyside HS,
    Alexia Vazquez, 19, Pima.
    Zack Taylor, 17, Sunnyside HS
    Amy Briseņo, 18, Pima,
    Sam Dominguez, 18, Tucson Magnet HS,
    Enrique Garcia, 17, Pueblo HS


30 Minutes features a song produced by The Homeless Youth Project Music Director Doug Davis about the issues that homeless youth face. "Homeless Youth Project" is a project of the Carlos G Figeroa Foundation and Pan Left to call attention to the the conditions of Homeless Youth in our Community.