The Pizza Poetry Project

The Pizza Poetry Project celebrates National Poetry Month and the power of youth voices by publishing poems from New Orleans’ writers ages 6-18.

Working together with some of the best pizza joints in town, Big Class publishes poems of all kinds on pizza boxes for delivery and pick up on one day in April. The Pizza Poetry Project seeks to reveal a vibrant and supportive poetry community in New Orleans that celebrates youth writing and poetry in general.


This year marks the 4th annual Pizza Poetry Project.

The Pizza Poetry Project was co-founded in 2014 when a team of Big Class volunteers organized student poems to be published on the boxes of local pizza joints.

This year, we're partnering with with Reginelli's, Theo’s, Pizza Delicious, Mid City Pizza, Garage Pizza, and G’s Pizza. If you would like to partner with Pizza Poetry 2017, please reach out to

The Pizza Poetry Project has been featured in, The New Orleans Advocate, The Gambit, Fox 8 Live, Macaroni Kid, and Food & Wine.

New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival

This year, Big Class's Pizza Poetry Project and the New Orleans Youth Open Mic are coming together to launch The New Orleans Youth Poetry Festival (#NOYPF). NOYPF is a 3 day event taking place around New Orleans during April (National Poetry Month) with events on April 19th, 21st and 22nd, 2017. For more information visit
April 19th 6-8pm: Youth Open Mic featuring Sunni Patterson & Pages Matam
April 21st 6-10pm: Youth Slam (6-8pm) & Youth Mixer (8-10pm)
April 22nd 10am-4pm: Workshops & Celebration Day