53.1% of children and 71,000 adults in Cincinnati live in poverty. Our city is ranked as the 28th most gentrified city in the US. Ohio has experienced 2 race riots in the last 13 years. Our youth are disenfranchised and disillusioned. They have been made to feel impotent, their voice has been quashed. But they have a story to tell. Join us for Louder Than A Bomb – Cincinnati, as we give voice and a platform to today's youth. Be a part of the largest poetry slam contest on the face of the earth and make a difference in the Queen City! Witness the hip hop spoken word, the stories, and the truth of Cincinnati.

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.

Learn More
Malcolm London, Poet, 2011 LTAB Chicago Champion, Team & Indy
Adrian Parr, Co-Director, Producer
Sean Hughes, Co-Director, Cinematographer
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

Adrian Parr

Director, Taft Research Center

Adrian Parr is the Chair of Taft Faculty and Director of the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center.She is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focuses on environmental politics, social and political theory, and contemporary culture. In 2011 she received the distinguished Rieveschl Award for Scholarly and Creative Practice. In 2013, she and Prof. Dion Dionysiou were appointed as UNESCO Co-Chairs of Water Access and Sustainability. She has published numerous articles and books, the most recent being The Wrath of Capital: Neoliberalism and Climate Change Politics (Columbia University Press, 2013). She was on of the directors, with Michael Zaretsky, of Future Cities, Livable Futures.

Sean Keating

Program Coordinator, Taft Research Center

Sean Keating, Program Coordinator for the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati, is a Ph.D student in Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.

Michael Zaretsky

Director, MetroLAB

Michael is an Associate Professor and Director of MetroLAB in the School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati. He is also a licensed Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional and a consultant on sustainable and humanitarian design. His research is focused around culturally, economically, technologically and environmentally responsive design for communities in need.

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.


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?
  • 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?


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