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Youth Speaks' Oakland Mic

Youth Speaks is a San Francisco-based organization that holds poetry slams and open mics for emerging under-21 poets in various venues around the Bay Area, including a popular Oakland Mic held on the second Friday of every month at the Oakland Art Gallery. With Bay Area poets ranging from the just beginning to the incredibly talented, Youth Speaks attracts the most diverse mix of positive young people you'll find anywhere. And with even the worst poets applauded zealously, and the best given the opportunity to showcase their work at Queerosity and Poetry National slams, these free events are a great place to take your first fledgling poet steps, or spit your seasoned sonnets to an appreciative audience.

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