All across the nation, young people are picking up the pen and stepping up to the microphone using spoken word poetry. Teens With a Purpose is pleased to enter its ninth year of collaboration with Youth Speaks Inc. and Brave New Voices, as seen on HBO, as we present to Southeastern Virginia the 2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Slam Season and Festival.  Spoken Word Poetry and creates a lifelong love of self-expression and literacy. Students learn how to represent themselves, their experiences, and their ideas, powerfully.

The Festival has become a modern tradition, a festival of competitive performance poetry that blends written tradition with lyricism, positive music and stage acumen in a way that profoundly affects and entertains youth and audiences of all kinds.  Here young poets fearlessly tell their stories, in their own words to be shared with their generation and the community at-large.

Youth engaged in literary arts are inspired learners,  Teens With a Purpose program helps unlock hidden talent as it lights the fire that ignites a life-long love for learning.

This year the festival’s launch at Chrysler Museum of Art on Saturday, April 8th, *includes writing and performing workshops.

Hampton Roads Poetry Festival TWP’s HRYP Slam Fest is now in its 9th year.  Each year teens come together in this Olympic style completion.  The six finalist will represent all of Hampton Roads at Brave New Voices, the world’s largest youth poetry festival and event.  BNV bring together youth poets from 50 states and countries like South Africa, New Zealand, Ireland and England.  The competitions take place this year at:

2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Festival –

  • Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk – Sat. April 8th 1pm – 5pm  Preliminaries*
  • Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. Newport News, Sat. April 15th 3 – 6pm Semi-Finals
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach – Friday, April, 21st 3:30 – 5pm Middle School Event
  • Zeiders American Dream Theatre, Virginia Beach, Sun. April 23rd, 4pm to 7pm Finals

Download the Hear This 2017 Registration Packet .   Please feel free to contact me (757) 747-2679 with any other questions you may have.  Thank you in advance for your support of the 2017 Hampton Roads Youth Poetry Slam Season and Festival.  This is truly an exciting opportunity for the young people of Hampton Roads.

Hear This Youth Poetry Festival and SlamFest!

Teens With a Purpose is happy to announce the Hear This Poetry Festival has been expanded to a half day event with a grand prize of $100 cash value prize.  This year’s festival will take place at the beautiful, Chrysler Museum of Art, Saturday, April 8th 1pm to 5pm.  Youth from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk and Williamsburg are all invited to participate in a series of performance and writing workshops, mini poetry slam, lunch then progress to the Chrysler Theatre for this year’s HRYP Slam Fest! – Preliminary Slam.  Youth are not required to compete in the slam to participate in this festival.  The top ranking youth poets from this event will have the opportunity to move on to compete in the SlamFest! –  Semi Finals to be held at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Newport News on Saturday April 15th 4pm to 7pm with the chance to move on to the Grand Slam on Sunday, April 23rd 4pm to 7pm at Zeider’s American Theatre, Virginia Beach!

Registration is open to those 13 to 18 years of age or members of an existing Hear This Poetry Club.  There are a limited number of slots available, so please make sure to register early if you want to secure your spot to compete in this amazing Festival.  The online registration will close on Friday, March 24th at 6:00 p. m. 




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