One Mic Open

Poetry Fellowship

One Mic Open is a grass roots slam and open mic series geared towards bridging the gap between adults and youth, by having both share their work in a safe space. The ultimate goal of the slam series is to put together a six person team to compete at an international festival called Brave New Voices, sponsored by YouthSpeaks.

One Mic Open was created to reach the youth of not only Cleveland, but surrounding suburbs, in an effort to create a sense of community among the youth in North East Ohio. By sharing their talents, not limited only to poetry, at the open mic, we feel that they are creating a space in which they are free to be themselves in the most complete sense.


One Mic Open 2016 Fellowship

In partnership with Twelve Literary Arts

The One Mic Open After School Poetry Slam Fellowship is an intensive 19-week program that teaches youth ages 13 - 19 to hone their writing and performance skills. Students participating in the fellowship will be automatically entered into the local One Mic Open poetry slam competitions, which determine the four youth who will represent Cleveland at the annual Brave New Voices 2017 International Poetry Slam Festival in San Francisco.

2016 Status: No longer accepting applications

If you're interested in opportunities or programs like this for your class/after school program,

please click the link below to visit our partner, Twelve Literary Art's, website. There, you can requests arts based education, workshops, short/long term residencies and more! Or you can click here to contact One Mic Open directly!

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