The 12th annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival arrives in Chicago next week, bring poets and spoken-word artists aged 13 to 19 from around the world. Presented by Youth Speaks Inc. in association with Columbia College Chicago and Young Chicago Authors, Brave New Voices 2009 runs July 14-19, featuring more than 500 teen poetry slam champions from around the country as well as the United Kingdom, Trinidad, Tobago, and St. Augustine. Events will take place at venues including Columbia College, the School of the Art Institute, and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. The grand slam finals take place Saturday, July 18, at 7 PM at the Chicago Theater, 175 N. State; a closing ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, July 19, at 9 AM in Grant Park. For more information, go to or call Young Chicago Authors at 773-486-4331.