Pizza Poetry 2017 was a huge success! We received 600 poetry submissions from students around New Orleans, and selected 263 for publication. 2,000 copies of the wonderful poems were distributed to lucky pizza-eaters around New Orleans. We also raised over $5,000 in support of our free programs.
We partnered with New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM) for the first ever New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival. Over three days, young people from all over the city came together to write and appreciate poetry. Events included an open mic, youth poetry slam, and a day of poetry workshops. We are grateful to special guests Sunni Patterson, Pages Matam, Tarriona "Tank" Ball, and Kelly Harris-DeBerry.