Atlanta Word Works

Atlanta’s home for youth poets and uncensored teen poetry.  Art, not ego.What is Atlanta Word Works?

Atlanta Word Works (AWW) is a program of VOX that focuses on poetry writing and spoken word performance.  It was originally started by VOX alumna Natalie Cook and has since become an integral part of VOX programming. Since its inception, AWW has sought to provide space for youth poets throughout the metro-Atlanta area to grow and express themselves. We host poetry workshops, open mics and slams open to the community.  We also host the Atlanta Youth Poet Laureate program, and now, our new youth poetry collective.  All of Atlanta Word Works’ programming is run by current and former participants, operating under a near-peer model. Check out some of our featured Atlanta Word Works content.

Atlanta Word Works Fall/Spring Poetry Collective – Now Accepting Applications!


Atlanta Word Works is continuing our quarterly poetry collective as a way to build better community, writers and civic engagement. The goal of this collective will be for poets to come together on a regular basis to grow in their skills as writers, performers, community members, and peers. The Poetry Collective is a CLOSED group (meaning it is a set group of people) that will serve up to 5-7 teens per semester during the school year.

Who’s Eligible:

  • Be a teen (13-19) in the metro-Atlanta area
  • Be interested in growing as a writer, performer, and community member
  • Complete the application here
  • Be able to commit to the following: meet with the collective 2-3 times a month, participate in a semester-end poetry performance, and publish on VOX ATL in the media form of your choice

Benefits of Participation:

  • Expand your skills in poetry writing, editing, and performance experience in a community of your peers
  • Expand your skills as a facilitator (including opportunities to engage with the metro-Atlanta community)
  • Publication on and in our print publication with other collective members
  • Participation in our semester-end showcase

When is the Atlanta Word Works Youth Poetry Collective?

Fall Schedule: Runs from October 5th through December 14th

Meetings will be held on the following Saturdays from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.:
Saturday, October 5
Saturday, October 26
Saturday, November 9
Saturday, November 23
Saturday, December 7

There will also be 2 Friday practices in preparation of the showcase from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.:
Friday, December 6
Friday, December 13

Showcase Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

Upcoming Atlanta Word Works Programming:

Stay tuned for updates on Atlanta Word Works Programming happening in the community.


Email or call the VOX office: 404-614-0040