Wider Than The Sky Poetry Festival | A Young People's Poetry Festival
A Young People's Poetry Festival
Festival, Poetry, California, Youth, Young, High School, Teens, Writing
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Wider Than The Sky is an annual poetry festival for the young people of Los Angeles, featuring workshops with renowned poets, readings, book signings, and an open mic for young writers.

The event is free an open to all LA-area students; complimentary transportation is available to groups from all public and charter schools and youth-focused community organizations. To arrange transportation for your group, please contact jpattison@hw.com.


Keynote Speakers

The Dark Noise Collective

Dark Noise is a multiracial, multi-genre collective featuring some of the most exciting, insightful, and powerful spoken word artists performing today.


Dark Noise is Fatimah Asghar, Franny Choi, Nate Marshall, Aaron Samuels, Danez Smith, and Jamila Woods. These poets, diverse in content and form, find common ground in their commitment to using art as a site for radical truth telling. They explore themes of identity, intersectionality, trauma, and healing in accessible forms without sacrificing the highest standards of poetic craft. Dark Noise explodes archaic notions of page vs. stage with their dynamism in all arenas of use.


Workshop leaders at the 2019 festival include Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Ashaki Marie Jackson, Joy Priest, and Cam Awkward Rich. Additional participants will be announced soon!


An Evening with the Dark Noise Collective

Details to be announced soon.

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For questions or to RSVP, please email poetry@hw.com