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               Mass LEAP's Youth Poetry Slam Festival


“You have no idea how changed some of my students are as a result of being in this program. They have found their voices and their confidence. They have been welcomed into a community, which is new for many of them. They have also been made aware of the importance of hearing different voices, of paying attention to the problems others face. It is definitely something I would like other schools in our area to have the opportunity to see and experience. Your work is truly changing the lives of many young people who need it.“

- Shannon Janovitz, English Dept. Burlington High School





Since 2012, The Louder Than A Bomb Massachusetts Youth Poetry Slam Festival has aimed to bring young people together across geographic, racial, cultural and socio-economic lines. LTAB is a friendly competition that emphasizes self-expression and community via poetry, oral story-telling, and hip-hop spoken word. Over the course of 7 years, Mass LEAP has served over 1,000 teens and educators through this festival, featuring poetry slam competitions, writing & performance workshops, panels, special partnership opportunities and professional development for coach-educators. The festival is currently on hiatus for 2019. We will be hosting a number of community forums to hear from participants, mentors and youth leaders. We wish to develop and rename a new festival that better serve our community. 


#LTABMA will be on hiatus for 2019, so that Mass LEAP may re-engage with the community, bolster it's operational capacity to sponsor future festivals and guarantee long term sustainability. We appreciate the community's patience as we take steps to re-organize, re-imagine and embark on a festival that can better serve our community.