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.

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

Learn More

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LTABcincy Team

Amy Lind

Director & Faculty Chair, Taft Research Center, Mary Ellen Heintz Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati

Sean Keating-Crawford

Program Manager, Taft Research Center

Jamie-Lee Morris

Educational Programming Coordinator, Elementz

Manuel Iris, Ph.D., Cincinnati Poet Laureate

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, it's no wonder her poetry sits close to home with many listeners. She is applauded for not being apologetic for any of the words that come out of her mouth, which 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. If you would like to sponsor a poet, team, or Louder Than A Bomb Cincinnati, write to us at Taft@UC.edu.


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?