Young Steel

Want to learn how to write slam poetry? Between the ages of 13 and 19? Then Young Steel is the place for you. Young Steel offers weekly writing workshops, in-school assemblies, and this year, our first Young Steel Poetry Slam, where the winner will be declared Pittsburgh’s youth champion and win $150 cash.


Weekly Workshops

Every week from 6-7:30 PM at Capri Pizzeria (6001 Penn Ave), before the Steel City Slam, a writing workshop will be open to our teenage poets. In the weeks leading up to our June 4th Young Steel Poetry Slam, these workshops will be designed to help you write, edit, and perform several of your best poems – just what you’ll need to become our first champion! Experienced, nationally competitive mentors will give writing prompts, feedback, and critique, helping Pittsburgh’s youth poets continue their tradition of being dominant presences in the poetry scene.

Young Steel Poetry Slam

Ready to test your skills against the rest of the city? June 4th, we will crown our inaugural champion, award them $150 cash and all the glory they can handle. All you need to compete are 3 poems of your own writing, each less than 3 minutes long. Interested in competing? Just want more information? Email

Do you offer school programs?

We do!

It’s one thing to watch slam poetry on YouTube – it’s another to see it live. We bring experienced, nationally competing slam poets from the Pittsburgh community into local classrooms and assemblies to give immersive performances and workshops. Our poets will bring a full set of age-appropriate poetry, covering standards of the genre as well as performing their own work.

They will also lead workshops with your students, helping them create work of their own, and perform it for their classmates.
We have several prepared lesson plans for assemblies and classes of standard lengths, and are more than happy to work out other arrangements, including regular work with after school groups of students.


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