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Youth Speaks: Golden State Warriors halftime show

Jul 20, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poets Aleah Bradshaw, Tova Ricardo, Tassiana Willis and Trey Amos performing their original poems at a Golden State Warriors' halftime show.

Youth Speaks: "An open letter to cis people"

Jul 20, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ash Phillips performing the original poem "And open letter to cis people." 

Youth Speaks: "Cultural Transplants"

Jul 18, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ryan Dang performing the original poem "Cultural Transplants." 

Youth Speaks: "African in America"

Jul 17, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ugochi Egonu performing "African in America."

 

 

 

Photo by Bethanie Hines, courtesy of Youth Speaks

More than twenty years ago, writer and educator James Kass was in graduate school at San Francisco State University. He had a small idea: a writing workshop for city teens.

Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate: "Words can save lives"

Aug 15, 2016
Photo courtesy of Youth Speaks

 

 

Azariah Cole-Shephard is Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate. Azariah doesn’t write too many love poems. She says since we're living in a society so filled with hate, there are more urgent priorities.

The Bigger Picture

On March 28, 2016  City Visions addresses how Bay Area youth are changing the conversation about the Type 2 diabetes epidemic.

This is Home: Journalism comes to the stage

Apr 7, 2015
Julia B. Chan/CIR

Donte Clark stands in the middle of a dimly lit stage. A projected photo of a dilapidated apartment building flickers on the wall behind him. In this scene, he’s speaking as the voice of the building.

“Somebody needs to speak on behalf of these peoples. Get them out of my custody and let me go. Cause I've been ragged and brown for quite some time now,” he says.

On today's Your Call we’ll honor "Poem in Your Pocket Day" and National Poetry Month by speaking with poets.  How can poetry inspire, motivate, inform, and transform individuals and society?  If you’ve only recently discovered poetry, what opened your eyes to it?  And if you never read poetry, what questions do you have about it?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What poem or poet is your favorite, and why? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

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