Congratulations to the 2020 Brave New Voices Slam Champions: Team St. Louis. 2 years in a row!


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The 2020 Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival has selected #BREATHE as our theme this year. This theme is to honor those who have lost their lives at the hands of racism, anti-Blackness, transphobia, homophobia, fatphobia, ableism, police corruption and the various forms of hatred that fill our world. As a family and community, we will not remain silent or still in the face of these atrocities, and especially now, in a global pandemic, COVID-19 that amplifies those -isms, we must use our collective voice and the work we all do year round and bring that to this year’s celebration.

This year we will convene virtually, which comes with a new set of challenges, but also unique opportunities. This year, we will come together and show the world this is how we #BREATHE. A virtual action will be announced in a follow up communication that is directly connected to this year’s theme.

- Brave New Voices Squad


Speical thank to Lightswitch for providing lighting to all participating teams.

Lightswitch is a collective of internationally-recognized lighting, media, and visual designers committed to changing the way people experience the world. Our dedicated team serves our clients from full-service studios all over the globe, united by the core values that inform everything we do.


Producing an online festival for the first time will be an uphill climb so please contact us to get information immediately.