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Louder Than a Bomb 2012

Series produced by WBEZ

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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 AJ Tran
Poet AJ Tran, 18, is a senior at Northside College Prep. This is the second year she has represented her school at Louder Than a Bomb, which advan...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:38
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Poet Rachel Smith
Poet Rachel Smith, 18, is a senior and a member of Epic Sound, the Kenwood Academy Slam Poetry Team. This is her second year participating in Loud...

Bought by YouthCast


  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:24
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Poet Ashley Gonzalez
Poet Ashley Gonzalez, 18, is a senior at Northside College Prep. This is the second year she has represented her school at Louder Than a Bomb, whi...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:53
Caption: Poet Kristen Turner
Poet Kristen Turner, 17, is a senior at Kenwood Academy. This is the second year she has represented her school at Louder Than a Bomb, which advanc...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:50
Caption: TEAM Englewood Slam Poetry Team
What Black People Say to Racist Republicans is a team piece performed by the poets of TEAM Englewood Community Academy High School Slam Poetry Team...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:55
Caption: Poet Ivery "Poison Ivery" Johnson
Poet Ivery "Poison Ivery" Johnson, 15, is a sophomore at Percy L. Julian High School. This is the first year the school has participated in Louder...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 03:44
Caption: Julian HS Slam Poetry Team
Our Voices is a team piece performed by the poets of the Percy L. Julian High School Slam Poetry Team: seniors Jeffery "Tri-flow" Cain, 18, and Syd...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:27
Caption: Northside College Prep Slam Poetry Team
The Commute is a team piece performed by the poets of Northside College Prep Slam Poetry Team: seniors Ashley Gonzalez, 18, and Tyler Sauter, 18, a...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:53
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Poet Tova Benjamin, 17, participated as an individual poet representing In One Ear Open Mic at the Heartland Cafe. This is her first year particip...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 03:34
Caption: Poet Keith Warfield
Poet Keith Warfield, 18, is a senior at TEAM Englewood Community Academy High School. This is his fourth year participating in Louder Than a Bomb....

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 03:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Poet Natalie Richardson, 16, is a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. This is her second year participating in Louder Than a Bomb. Eg...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:36
Caption: Poet Donald Lesley
Poet Donald Lesley, 17, is a senior at Kenwood Academy. This is the first year he has represented his school at Louder Than a Bomb, which advanced ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:40
Caption: Epic Sound Slam Team
Social Damnation is a team piece performed by the poets of Epic Sound, the Kenwood Academy Slam Poetry Team: seniors Kristen Turner, 17, Rachel Smi...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:44
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Poet Faith Lloyd
Poet Faith Lloyd, 17, is a junior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. This is the first year she has represented her school at Louder Than a Bo...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:52
Caption: Poet Christian Palacios
Poet Christian Palacios, 17, is a junior at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. This is the second year he has represented his school at Louder Th...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 03:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Whitney Young HS Slam Poetry Team
To Save a Monster is a team piece performed by the poets of the Whitney M. Young Magnet High School Slam Poetry Team: seniors Essie Linzy, 18, and ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 03:02
Caption: CeeJay "Shock Therapy" Hannah
Poet CeeJay "Shock Therapy" Hannah, 18, is a senior at Percy L. Julian High School. This is the first year the school has participated in Louder T...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:33
Caption: Poet Ce-Ce Tate
Poet Cecilia "Ce-Ce" Tate, 17, is a junior at Curie Metro High School. This is her second year participating in Louder Than a Bomb. Her piece, Lur...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:56
Caption: Poet Camara Brown
Poet Camara Brown, 16, is a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. This is her first year participating in Louder Than a Bomb. Her piece...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:31
Caption: Poet Miona Short
Poet Miona Short, 16, is a junior at Walter Payton College Prep High School, but she was representing YOUmedia Chicago in this year's competition. ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2012
  • Length: 02:57