Twelve Literary Arts 

Where tradition meets innovation

Friday, December 1, 2017 | 7:30pm - 10:00pm

One Mic Open Youth Semi-Finals, Part I

The Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106

$3 for students (with ID)/$5 for adults 

FREE for youth competitors and members of Twelve Literary Arts

Tonight is the first of three qualifying rounds to determine the six youth that will represent Cleveland at the Brave New Voices Festival and Competition in Chicago this summer.

-ONLY for youth 13-19 years of age
-Cannot turn 20 before August 2018
-1 ORIGINAL poem performed/written by the author
-NO PROPS, a prop is anything another performer doesn't have access to. So consider that ALL you'll have acess to is your poem, mic and your body.
-3 minute and 30 second time limit
-10 second grace period
-You will lose .5 points for every 10 seconds over starting at 3:41:01
-Your time starts with your FIRST WORD on stage

The top 6 scoring youth from this event will be qualified to compete at our Grand Slam Finale, which will take place in Feb (Date TBD).

If slots are still available, youth can sign up for the semi-finals AT the event (they can also sign up for semis pt. 2). To enter the Slam or for more information, contact:
OMO Program Director Eric Odum at: or call Twelve Literary Arts at (216) 350-6333.

Thursday, December 28, 2017 | 7pm - 11pm

Kitchen: A Quarterly Panel Discussion and Poetry Open Mic

The Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern, 11625 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44106

Twelve Literary Arts is proud to present the opening of our "Kitchen" series at The Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern.

Our first quarterly installment of "Kitchen" features a 7pm panel discussion focusing on art making and activism for Womyn of Color in Cleveland. Our panel features moderator Eris Eady and panelists Kisha Nicole Foster, Michelle R. Smith, Siaara Freeman, and Eva Barrett.

At 8pm, our poetry open mic begins, co-hosted by the ladies of the group Fresh Produce, who will also perform a 20-minute set with the jazz trio Moshuru.

DJ Candi Fresca blesses the turntables all night long.

Join us for what will be an amazing celebration of music, culture, poetry, and discussion.

Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Flying Lotus (You're Dead!)