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UrbArts Youth Slam

UrbArts Youth Poetry Slam is a year-round spoken word poetry program for youth between the ages of 13 & 19 years that includes a Saturday Youth Poetry Slam Lab for partner schools, the VerbQuake Youth Poetry Festival as well as related events, and preparation for Brave New Voices. Partnering schools can nominate a youth poet to participate in the Slam Lab, which will take place monthly for four hours at UrbArts from September 2017 through February 2018. The VerbQuake Festival is open to all registered youth teams in the region but entry is based on participation in pre-festival events or an entry fee. 

The Slam Lab

UrbArts offers an exclusive program for VQ partner schools where one student per school can be nominated for this 20+ hour experience. Youth poets from throughout the region will convene monthly from September 2017 to February 2018 to refine their poetry writing process, enhance their performance skills, and improve their leadership ability. Contact MK Stallings for upcoming dates.

VQ Season & Festival

Schools and youth serving organizations can register a team of 6 poets for VerbQuake 7 Season and Festival events. In order for teams to compete in the festival and earn a spot on the 2018 St. Louis team that will participate in Brave New Voices, they must compete in pre-festival bouts (which are free) or pay a $100 festival registration fee. More info soon to come.

Youth Advocacy Council

Teens from 13 to 19 years of age are invited to join our youth advisory council, which reviews ways that UrbArts serves the youth in our community and implements actions to improve program delivery.  Youth do not need to register or be nominated for this. Check the calendar for meeting dates.

Season Calendar

Here's the season calendar. Events will be added often. Check back for updates.

Click Here for VQ7 Calendar

"Youth poetry slam begins with the truth and ends with transformation."

Grand Slam Champions

Past Champions of the VerbQuake Team Grand Slam

Indie Champions

Previous Winners of the VerbQuake Individual Championship

The Practitioners

All teaching artists who work with VQ participants have competed and won at poetry slam

MK Stallings / Program Director

Poet, UrbArts founder & Executive Director.

Greg ‘the Poet’ Harris/ Assistant Director

Poet, Member of 2013, 2016, & 2017 STL Slam Teams.

Mari ‘EmCee’ Carter / Lead Workshop Facilitator

Poet. 2-time SoFried Finalist, 2-time Grand Slam Champ, member of 2012, 2016, & 2017 STL Slam Teams

Sahara ‘Sista SOLS’ Scott / Teaching Artist

Top 20 WOWPS, Member of 2015, 2016, & 2017 STL Slam Team.

Erielle Jones/ UrbArts Youth Slam Coach

2015 VQ Indi Champ, UrbArts Youth Slam Team Member 2015 & 2016.

VerbQuake Network

Partnering schools and orgs activate the VerbQuake Network. Join today.


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If you want to learn more about UrbArts Youth Slam or the VerbQuake Season and Festival, please send us a note.


2600 N. 14th Street
St. Louis
MO 63106