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Southern Word

Southern Word Spoken Word Poetry

Founded in 2008 based on successful spoken word youth development and education strategies; educators, youth development professionals, writers, and poets built Southern Word from the ground up without substantial institutional or investor backing at the start. Southern Word has grown to be a national, non-profit leader in the spoken word education field, serving more than 6,000 youth, 43 schools, and 8 Tennessee counties last year.

Due to our passion for helping youth develop their voices and map their own futures, we have extended programming into music production and writing of all genres. In a culture which aggressively markets products and lifestyles to youth, Southern Word equips youth with the tools to transition from passive consumers into active thinkers, creators, and projectors of their own positive identity. Learn more at

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