Dec. 5 at 6:30

Poet-Linc featuring El Puente and Urban Word (Brooklyn)


Join us for this vibrant battle of words celebrating talented young artists from the five boroughs performing their original poetry to the theme “I have a voice.” For five Wednesdays, the Atrium will be jam-packed with readings by professional guest poets and three rounds of competitions that will be judged by appointed members of the audience and three official judges. All of this will lead to an exhilarating Grand Slam performance at the Target Free Thursday on December 13 to determine the first ever Lincoln Center Poet-Linc Grand Slam Champion.

El Puente is Brooklyn’s most comprehensive Latino arts and cultural center. Their mission is to use the arts as a tool for social change, engaging artists and activists in the creation and facilitation of arts projects and training focused on artistic mastery and community development. The Center provides pre-professional training in dance, drama, voice, DJ/scratch, filmmaking, studio/mural art, graphic design and Hip-Hop. Additionally, El Puente organizes and supports CADRE (Community Artists' Development & Resource Exchange), a network of local artists, artisans and cultural workers. Together, they advocate for equitable access to artistic and cultural expression; create forums for creative exchange and collaboration; incubate individual and collective projects; and present and exhibit works that honor and celebrate the cultural diversity and artistic richness of their North Brooklyn communities.

Urban Word was founded on the belief that teenagers can and must speak for themselves. Urban Word NYC has been at the forefront of the youth spoken word, poetry, and hip-hop movements in New York City since 1999. Urban Word presents literary arts education and youth development programs in the areas of creative writing, spoken word, college prep, literature and hip-hop. Urban Word provides free, safe, and uncensored writing workshops to teens year round, and hosts the Annual NYC Teen Poetry Slam, NYC Youth Poet Laureate Program, Uptown Open and Brooklyn Open, Town Hall Meetings, and more. Urban Word works directly with over 25,000 teens each year and awards over $650,000 in college scholarships annually. UW also has a vigorous community educator and teacher training series, Preemptive Education, which links inquiry-based classroom practices with the most progressive academic trends in student-centered pedagogy.