Voices of Chicago: Slam Poetry

Touring Performance • Theater

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Some of Chicago’s best poets bring poetry to life through their own original work and inspire students to create their own version of Chicago through writing.  Building on Chicago’s unique heritage as the stomping grounds of many great writers and the birthplace of modern performance (“Slam”) poetry, Poetry Center presents an interactive and engaging three-part assembly program called “Voices of Chicago.” This show weaves a brief history of the city’s poetic heritage, a showcase of diverse styles of contemporary slam poetry, and a student-interactive poetry game that culminates in a micro-slam.

Please inquire about show variations for Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March).

Availability: Monday – Friday, Weekends

For grades 5-12

Technical Requirements:

  • PA system
  • 2 microphones (preferably wireless) with stands



The Urban Gateways performance was wonderful. The poets presented their work extremely well. There was nothing untoward about their presentation, and they kept the students (all 100 or so of them!) interested and engaged. I will definitely support their repeat performance at our school next year.
Woodlawn Middle School, Long Grove, IL
Base Price:
Audience Size:
350 maximum
Program Length:
40 minutes