LTAB 2015 in Film: a Photo Story

CHICAGO | March 27, 2015 - We made it. Tomorrow is Louder than a Bomb Team Finals.

The past five weeks have been so enthralling, so emotionally electrifying, so exhausting, so very much. LTAB, the largest youth poetry festival on earth, has lived up to its moniker in myriad ways. This has been my first year working LTAB as a member of the YCA Teaching Artist Corps, and I am so grateful for the experience. I've had the opportunity to watch youth give their hearts to vast new audiences, to hear new voices find themselves and the hearts of their peers, to articulate a city about which so much is said, and about which not enough is asked.

I've been impressed by the courage, maturity and grace they've shown. I know that these weeks will stay with them for years to come, and I hope they know how much of what they shared will stay with the adults as well as the youth who were present but did not compete.

I've been moved by the tireless and positive energy of my co-workers at Young Chicago Authors, from the other Teaching Artists, to Bout Staff, to the Executive wing. To bring into fruition such an important event takes countless hours of planning, moving parts, and adapting to developing circumstances. I am so fortunate to work with a team of folks who care so much about the voices of Chicago youth that they are willing to do what it takes to amplify those voices.

As my own exercise in memory-making, I brought my camera with me to some of the bouts. Today, on the eve of Team Finals, which take place 6pm tomorrow at the McKormick Place Arie Crowne Theatre, I share some of the photos from the past few weeks with you. Enjoy!