Twelve Literary Arts

An ecosystem for poets and writers of color across generations
meeting at the intersection of identity and social justice

Who We Are

TWELVE'S Mission

Twelve Literary Arts currently operates five core programs that inspire, promote, and support youth and adult writers as they develop their literary crafts and form relationships within and across age groups. TLA emphasizes the importance of inter-generational interaction and learning.

We bring performance poetry to public spaces, while supporting poets and writers of all ages with youth programming, adult professional development, and brave spaces to dream, write, and teach into reality a world of social justice and equity.

Our Programs

We offer a broad range of opportunities for both novice and experienced writers, cultivating a space that promotes personal and creative growth, supported by a range of fellow literary and performance artists.

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Room 201 Workshops

Room 201

Room 201 is Twelve Literary Arts' series of youth residencies provided to public, private, and charter schools, libraries, and other educational institutions across Northeast Ohio. The workshops are led by experienced teaching artists and are designed to develop students in the world of literary arts at varying writing levels.
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Baldwin House
Urban Writing Residency

Baldwin House

The 7 - 10 writers accepted into each Baldwin House cohort meet once per week with their fellow writers-in-residence. At the end of the residency period each writer will produce a work of publishable quality for submission to graduate creative writing programs, literary journals, magazines, anthologies, and publishers.
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The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence

The Barbara Smith Residency

The Barbara Smith Writer-in-Residence program provides a safe creative space for established poets and writers of prominence and emerging writers of promise to bring a current project to completion.
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Youth Fellowship Program

One Mic Open Youth Fellowship

The One Mic Open After School Youth Poetry Fellowship is the flagship youth education program of Twelve Literary Arts’. The Fellowship accepts 25 youth from across Northeast Ohio for a 7-month experience that is designed to develop youth as poets, scholars, teachers, and community leaders. The Fellowship is open to youth between the ages of 14-19.
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The Lab

The Lab

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One Mic Open
Poetry Series

One Mic Open

One Mic Open is a program of Twelve Literary Arts that hosts a series of youth poetry slam workshops, open mic events for Northeast Ohio youth between the ages of 13-19. One Mic Open is the sponsor-organization officially recognized by the Brave New Voices National Network.
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Get In Touch With Twelve

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Currently based in historic Glenville on Cleveland’s east side, Twelve Literary Arts has an 8-person Board of Directors, which formed in May 2016. The organization’s original name was Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator, but in June 2017 the organization shortened its name to Twelve Literary Arts.

1484 E. 105th Street Cleveland, OH

(216) 217-0000