Philadelphia has just brought home another big win! Last week, thousands of youth poets from around the globe, descended upon Atlanta, GA for the annual Brave New Voices Competition. For the ninth consecutive year, the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection was repped strong by a talented team of youth organized by Philly Youth Poetry Movement.
Well, we’re proud to announce that Philly Youth Poetry Movement, affectionately known as PYPM, was once again awarded the Brave New Voices first place prize amd is bringing home one of the coveted titles for the fourth time since 2006. We’re definitely Philly proud of this stellar team’s accomplishments!
The winning squad, comprised of nine of PYPM top poets, was formed through a series of slams competitions held at The Rotunda and other venues for area students. Each of the BNV2015 award-winning PYPM poets competed in a series of regionals and semi-finals and ultimately made it to the main stage of the Suzanne Roberts Theater in May to compete in the 2015 PYPM finals.
A heated, moving and entertaining competition, PYPM finals saw some of the city’s fiercest youth poets take the stage to battle it out, sharing powerful, often personal stories and messages through performance poetry.
Started in 2006 by Philly-based poet and arts advocated Gregory Corbin, Philly Youth Poetry Movement has literally impacted the lives of thousands of teens through its yearlong schedule spoken word programs. No stranger to the Brave New Voices competition, PYPM slam teams brought home the 3rd place title in 2006, first place in 2007 and 2011 and was featured in a Brave New Voices HBO special during the 2008 conference in Washington DC.
You can heard more from Corbin below, and be sure to check out the PYPM Youtube channel for performance recaps.
Another monumental win for Philly Youth Poetry Movement and the entire city — join us as we celebrate the 2015 PYPM winning team with their signature pre-show chant;
"PY! PM! Team black dashikis and war paint… Aahhh!"
You can learn more about Philly Youth Poetry Movement’s programs and upcoming events at pypmphilly.org.