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Outspoken—WordXWord Youth Poetry Festival Where Youth Speak For Themselves

Mariah Barber; courtesy of WordXWord.
Mariah Barber; courtesy of WordXWord.

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Pittsfield, Mass. — The second annual Outspoken Youth Poetry Festival will take place April 28–30, 2017 in the Upstreet Cultural District of Pittsfield, MA. The festival is a combination of workshops and performances, including the festival finale to be presented at the Berkshire Museum, Sunday, April 30 at 2:00 p.m. The Finale is free and open to the public.

Outspoken, which includes workshops, peer-led open mics, and competitive poetry slams for youth ages 15–24, is intended to inspire and foster creativity, collaboration, and empowerment in a shared, supportive space. WordXWord is committed to changing lives by giving voice and audience to the real truths of diverse individuals in the world around us. We believe that we all have something to learn and something to teach.

The Outspoken Finale is a celebration that includes performances by the top finishers of the Poetry Slams and a feature set by poet Mariah Barber. Barber is author of the newly released Of Mics & Pens & Gods & Other College Courses, and is a member of the Albany-based Nitty Gritty Slam Team. Barber returns to Pittsfield after “knocking the socks off” local audiences at the WXW Women’s Invitational Slam during the 10X10 Festival.

Outspoken Festival Finale
April 30, 2:00 p.m.
Berkshire Museum
39 South Street
Pittsfield, Mass.
Free / may include mature content

In addition to the Finale, the public is welcome to any of the events that comprise the Outspoken Poetry Slam competition on Saturday, April 29 from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. at multiple venues. Poetry Slam is a friendly competition that puts emphasis on both writing and performance. Poets are judged by members of the audience. The format and the rules are designed to provide a lively, fast paced experience. See for a complete slam schedule.

More information about Outspoken may be found at Information about WordXWord and its summer festival may be found at









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