Twelve Literary Arts 

An ecosystem for poets and writers of color 

One Mic Open Youth Poetry Slam Series

Poetry Slam is a form of competitive performance poetry that originated in the United States and is practiced internationally. It typically includes performances of written word, memorized work, and improvisations. 

Brave New Voices Festival and Competition

After a series of monthly semi-final and final stage poetry slam competitions during the months of December and January, four to six youth between the ages of 13-19 are chosen to represent Northeast Ohio at the annual Brave New Voices Festival and Competition. The 2019 festival will take place in Las Vegas.

NE Ohio Individual Youth Poetry Slam Showcase

For the third consecutive year, One Mic Open will host its annual Individual Youth Poetry Slam competition, where poets from across Northeast Ohio will vie for a trophy and bragging rights as the Individual Youth Poetry Slam champion for Northeast Ohio. This year’s competition takes place Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at The Glenville Arts Campus (1464 E. 105th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106).

For more information about the One Mic Open After School Poetry Fellowship and Poetry Slam Series contact:
Twelve Literary Arts Youth Education Director, Eric M. Odum

The One Mic Open Youth Poetry Slam Series is made possible thanks to the generous support of The Cleveland Foundation.