Holy City Youth Slam (HCYS) will be open to all Charleston-area youth ages 12-18. Each school year, HCYS will run two seasons (fall & spring) of poetry-writing workshops and competitive poetry slams. Workshops will pair youth poets with adult writers and educators to improve the students’ writing and performance skills.

Each season, HCYS will also host a major youth-only poetry slam. In a poetry slam, competitors have three minutes to perform an original work of poetry that will be scored from 0-10 by judges randomly selected from the audience.

The top youth poets from each slam will have the opportunity to form a Charleston-area slam team to compete at the national Brave New Voices youth slam in July of each year. HCYS hopes to partner with school districts, youth programs, and local artists to best support the incredible talents of Charleston’s young people.