The largest ongoing spoken word event in the world…


This summer, over 500 poets from throughout the world convened in Los Angeles to witness the largest youth poetry festival ever. In November, you can do the same from your living room couch.

HBO presents Brave New Voices 2010, featuring highlights from the final round of the monumental event hosted by Common and Rosario Dawson. Capturing the emerging generation’s most talented voices, Brave New Voices is HBO’s latest presentation from the producers that brought you Def Poetry and the Brave New Voices series.

bnvhboRussell Simmons presents Brave New Voices
Narrated by Queen Latifah

All over the United States, a new generation of poets is emerging. This new HBO series captures teenagers picking up the pen and taking hold of the microphone with passion, intelligence, creativity, honesty and power.

These voices of 21st Century America transcend race, class, gender, orientation, and red state/blue state politics as they show us all what the next generation of leaders looks and sounds like.


Watch on HBO ON DEMAND. The poets perform some of their best stuff from start to finish. Watch bonus clips now online.

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Brave New VoicesFounded in 1996, Youth Speaks Inc. is a multi-faceted organization that understands and believes that the power, insight, creativity, and passion of young people can change the world. Brave New Voices was created by Youth Speaks, Inc in 1998 after the inaugural Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in San Francisco—the first poetry slam dedicated to youth in the nation’s history. To learn more, get involved, and attend other events, visit

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