STL Youth have been spitting poetry long before UrbArts began administering VerbQuake or Youth Poet Laureate. However, our efforts forged a community of poets that extend from Southern Illinois to Jefferson County of the Greater St. Louis area. Since 2011, UrbArts has engaged thousands area youth through tournaments, performances, and workshops.
Since 2011, UrbArts administers the biggest youth poetry slam competition in the St. Louis region called VerbQuake. The top youth poets in the region go on to form the St. Louis team and compete at Brave New Voices. It’s been a phenomenal journey. Join us.
STL Youth Poets make noise all on their own. Still, we thank our funders for amplifying their voices.