The Largest Ongoing Spoken-Word Event in the World

The Brave New Voices Festival, created in 1998 by Youth Speaks, Inc., will take place in the Bay Area this year from July 20 to 23, featuring teen poetry-slam champions from all over the world. Since this festival, particularly the July 23 finals, wraps up the season of Youth Speaks poetry slams, and since Youth Speaks events reach over 250,000 young people globally, performing on some of the nation’s greatest stages, this year’s Brave New Voices should turn out to be pretty incredible.

Learn more from SFGate.com here.

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A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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