Our programs cultivate artistic voice, develop critical thinkers, and empower youth to be civically engaged. Workshops are taught by Hamilton Youth Poets Core Teaching Artists and are appropriate for youth grades six through university with varying skill levels - beginner to advance. Hamilton Youth Poets provides a positive space where no racist, sexist, homophobic or anti-group language is allowed. Above all things HYP is a place where participants can come together, share their art and create bridges. For more information, please contact us at hamiltonyouthpoets@gmail.com


We offer schools our teaching artists and provide a variety of year-round public platforms for students to perform their work. Our teaching artists can help with flexible in-class programs, create, perform and facilitate a positive space for individual and collective expression, develop school poetry teams and help prepare students for the annual festival or develop something totally new. Our programs work to fulfill classroom needs in the literary and performance arts, as well as civics and social science. Artist residencies are tailor made to work as either an after-school program or fit-to-curriculum workshops. By actively engaging young cultural citizens from all highways and byways of our city, we believe this will result in a more integrated and understanding society and will provide students with the information they need to make long term career goals. If any of your teaching staff are interested, please contact us at hamiltonyouthpoets@gmail.com

Monthly Slams:

Every fourth Sunday of the month, HYP hosts a poetry slam at the Spice Factory (121 Hughson Street). This night brings together poets of all styles to share their work through an open mic or slam poetry competition. Featured artists run a free workshop prior to the slam at 5pm. For more details on our next slam, please visit our Facebook Page.

Workshop: 5:00pm
Slam Doors: 6:00pm
Open Mic: 6:30pm
Slam Start: 7:00pm
Slam Spot: The Spice Factory (121 Hughson St)
Price: $5 dollars or PWYC (Pay What You Can)

Black Poet Residency (BPR):

An intensive and dynamic workshop series for young writers, performers and creative-minded individuals from across Hamilton. We recognize the importance of providing a positive and inclusive platform where black voices and experiences are explored, expressed and supported, and aim to deliver an empowering and inspiring program! As a member of the residency, you will have the opportunity to learn from and work with award-winning, critically acclaimed artists and educators. Through their guidance, you will hone your skills, connect with the greater community, and create a strong, impressive professional portfolio; leaving a legacy for future generations of black youth to be inspired by. Throughout the residency, you will also have a chance to set educational goals, strengthen your public voice and further develop your skills in writing, editing, computer literacy and multi-digital processes... All while promoting a sense of cultural identity. Whew! Does it sound a little intense? It is... and it’s also really awesome!! From workshops and public performances to multi-disciplinary collaborations and professional development sessions at OCAD University, the Black Poet Residency has a little something for everyone!

Please CLICK HERE to register for the fall program.

When: TBD
Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton , 123 King Street West

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us: hamiltonyouthpoets@gmail.com.
* Note: this program is recommended for students who identify as black.

Check The Method:

Offers rigorous instruction in poetry and hip-hop spoken word to some of the cities most prolific and dedicated young writers. Participatory learning provides new ways to put the pen to page, creating new works that can be added to a portfolio of writing. Participants dedicated to this program are offered opportunities to submit their work for publication. Led by members of the HYP’s core teaching artists and international guest artists, writers can expect to meet a diverse group of citizens of all ages and immersed in discussions and practices that will prepare them to tell their story on the page. Let us know if you're coming on our Facebook Event.

When: Every Saturday from March 16 - June 8
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West

Emcee WreckShop:

Emcee WreckShop: is dedicated to the history of hip hop and the craft of writing, emceeing, and beat-making. Led by HYP's very own AK and some of the most talented sound technicians and hip hop artist in Canada. WreckShop brings together emcees and artists of all genres offers participants the opportunity to build and feature their work at Emcee Olympics, HYP Mixtape, and other high profile events throughout the calendar year. Let us know if you're coming on our Facebook Event.

When: Every Saturday from March 16 - June 8
Time: 2:30 - 4pm
Location: Art Gallery of Hamilton, 123 King Street West

Poets For Peace:

Built upon respect, honor, support, and justice for all, Poets For Peace integrates poetry with a study of the great non-violence leaders such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dali Lama and Nelson Mandela. Imbued with optimism for our future and respect for our past, works are premiere at our annual festival.

When and Where: TBA

Write To The City:

is a workshop series exploring hip-hop poetics, the tradition(s) of Hamilton realist working class portraiture, contemporary visual art, and an accumulative performance practice. Led by members of the Hamilton Youth Poets Core Team, writers can expect to meet a diverse group of citizens immersed in discussions and practices that will prepare them to tell their story in a myriad of formats.

When and Where: TBA


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Hamilton, Ontario
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