About

The northernmost southern city, the southernmost northern city; the Queen city of the west, gateway to the north - - Cincinnati is a city with many identities. And poverty, gentrification, racism, violence, and pain. Our city seems like it is in constant pain. But we are hopeful. It is the youth of our city that carry our hopes of a better a future. Louder Than A Bomb gives voice to that youth. If you have a story and we want you to tell it. Join us for Louder Than A Bomb – Cincinnati, and be a part of the largest youth poetry slam contest in the world. Spoken Word, Lyrical History, Poetry, Hip Hop - find your voice with Louder Than A Bomb. Training starts now. The only thing you have to lose is yourself.

If you are a poet, a teacher, student, potential volunteer or sponsor in the Cincinnati area and would like to be involved in Louder Than A Bomb, write to us at Taft@UC.edu or one of the contacts below.

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Malcolm London, Poet, 2011 LTAB Chicago Champion, Team & Indy
Terry Boling, of UC DAAP college, won the Cincinnati Design Award and the 2016 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Collaborative Practice Award for the LTABcincy-MetroLAB project.
Read the ACSA Press Release

LTABcincy was featured in a number of interviews and news pieces this year, including WVXU Cincinnati Edition, InFocus, Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Herald, Soapbox Media, and the Eastern Hills Journal. Below are a few selections from the media coverage:

LTABcincy Team

Jamie-Lee Morris

Educational Programming Coordinator, Elementz

Manuel Iris

De Paul Cristo Rey High School

Manuel Iris, Spanish Arts, DePaul Cristo Rey High School, is the Poet Laureat of Cincinnati. Dr. Iris holds an MA in Latin American Literature from New Mexico State University and a PhD in Romance Languages & Literatures from the University of Cincinnati. He is the winner of the Mê rida National Poetry Award, and has authored several books, including Notebook of dreams (Cuaderno de los sueños, Inland 2009) and Stolen verses and another games (Versos robados y ottos juegos, 2003, 2nd ed. 2005).

Kyle Scudder

M.Ed., English Department, Walnut Hills High School

Desirae "The Silent Poet" Hosley

Program Coordinator, WordPlay

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, she has been long known for being the quietest person on the scene, it's astounding to see such a little lady with such a big voice that packs a powerful punch. At the age of 29, she is a Spoken Word Artist, Poet, Published Author, Actress, and Community Organizer. Being a peer advocate and rape crisis counselor, no wonder her poetry sits close to home with many listeners. Applauded for not being apologetic for any of the words that come out of her mouth, helps her be fearless and attain many of her great accomplishments.

Jori An Cotton

Artist-in-Residence, WordPlay

A Cincinnati based poet and spoken word artist, Jori has run the Voices of Freedom Spoken Word for several years, and is currently writer-in-Residence at WordPlay, and coach for the Aiken High School poetry program.

Janine Smith & Justin Williams

Woodward High School

Andrew Dalton

Dater Hills High School

Christopher Kline

Western Hills University High School

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The Partnership

Louder Than a Bomb could not happen without a large number of partnering organizations, teaching artists, and financial support.
Current partnering organizations include:

If you would like to sponsor a poet, team, or Louder Than A Bomb Cincinnati, write to us at Taft@UC.edu or one of our sponsoring organizations.

FAQ

General Questions

  • Where to start?
  • How many poets are on a team?
  • What are alternates? How may they be used in competition?
  • How many bouts will I participate in?
  • Competing in Indys and Teams?
  • Are all contests on the weekends?
  • Tickets

Bout Schedule & Other Festival Materials

  • When do I get our team bout schedule?
  • How can I volunteer for the festival?

Sponsors

Goldsmith Family