A Philadelphia team is the new International Youth Poetry Slam Champion. Philly Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM) won the finals of the Brave New Voices (BNV) competition in Atlanta, last week.
It’s the third time the group has brought the title to Philadelphia since it started in 2006.
“I started it because there were no safe spaces for young people to create and write and produce and advocate for themselves,” says executive director Greg Corbin. “When a young person finds the value of their voice, they find the value of themselves. They understand that their story actually means something.”
From a modest poetry night, the program now holds twice-weekly writing workshops, monthly slams, an annual city-wide high school slam– and three national titles.