Join Youth Speaks on Friday, May 13th for a special Under-21 Open Mic, supported by the Poetry Coalition, that centers Disability Justice. Our featured poets are Minerva Kamra and Em Dial. Minverva is a 2022 Teen Poetry Slam Champion and member of the SPOKES Youth Advisory Board. Em Dial is a queer, triracial, chronically ill creative born and raised in the Bay Area of California, currently living in Toronto, Ontario. Em's resume is long and includes being a 2022 Kundiman Fellow and member of the Green Room Writing Collective, a recipient of the 2020 RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award, and the 2019 Mary C. Mohr Poetry Award. Through the intersection of arts education and youth development practices, civic engagement strategies, and high quality artistic presentation, Youth Speaks creates safe spaces that challenge young people to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change.