by Petula Caesar April is National Poetry Month, and while Baltimore is rightly considered a gritty city, it is also a very poetically inclined one as well. (After all, what city names its football team after the titular character in a classic American poem?) Lots of things will be going on all month in honor of national poetry month, including a two-day poetry slam festival put together by Louder Than A Bomb Baltimore (LTAB Baltimore), LTAB Baltimore is “…a local youth poetry slam festival that engages youth in middle schools, high schools and churches in the power of poetry”, and operates in several area middle and high schools. This event takes place on the campus of Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and at The Creative Alliance on April 23rd-April 26th. Of course an event like this is a TREMENDOUS undertaking requiring lots of hands. LTAB Baltimore is still looking for volunteers for the event, including looking for deejays. You can click here to get a listing of all the events, which includes poetry slams for middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students, and/or you can reach out to LTAB Baltimore’s program manager Nakia Brown (a tremendous writer/performance poet in her own right under the name Fire Angelou), who is spearheading this undertaking directly.