Minor Disturbance is an independent literary arts organization dedicated to helping Denver youth find voice through the mediums of poetry and performance. Founded in 2006 by youth for youth it is our belief that every persons story regardless of age, race, background, gender or sexuality is important and when given access to the tools and environment in which to freely express this history it can foster genuine positive change in our community. By learning to understand each other through our individual stories we can help to cultivate collective futures in both the classroom and beyond.
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Jennifer Rinaldi, Colorado Distinguished Teacher of the Year
"The Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Slam Team is one of the
most powerful and significant educational experiences I have ever
been a part of."
Minor Disturbance has shown me the power behind proclaiming
a poem that is rooted in your beliefs, politics, family and community.
This power is then transformed into community organization, activism,
academic success, personal success and many more forms of triumph.
Minor Disturbance does not teach one how to be successful they only teach
how to be oneself bravely and in that you become successful purely on
one's own commitment to be the best version of oneself.
Kyle Sutherland, 19, Metropolitan State University of Colorado
"Minor Disturbance has had the single greatest impact on my life
out of anything I have ever decided to commit myself to. Everything
that I am now is largely due to the confidence, love and experience
I gained through Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry. "
Rebecca Preston, 19, Chicago Institute of Art, Littleton High School Graduate
"The Denver Youth Slam Team was immensely important in my
development as a writer. Without its help the articulation and clarity
of my voice along with the passion and presence I speak with would
not exist. I am forever grateful for the world it prepared me to enter."
Shelby Handler, 19, University of Washington, DPS South High School Graduate
"The Denver Youth Slam has given me friendships. confidence,
political awareness, writing skills and a true appreciation for
what its all about: the poetry and the community that creates it."
Isabel Elliot, 19, Boston University, South High School Graduate
"The Minor Disturbance is an organization that draws youth in
whether they become part of the team or not. We are a family
of fierce, confident, and inspiring people who come together and
create community through spoken word. "
Brandon Stepien, 19, Denver School of the Arts Graduate
"The workshops and slams that this organization has done has gotten
more kids in Denver into poetry, finding their voices and skills and
community than any of us can count. I know for myself it has changed
my life and made me way more committed to poetry for life and I would
love to see it get the chance to do that for many, many people, because
it can, and it will."
Stephen Garcia, 18, LA Academia High School, Denver University
"I am more than thankful to have been given the opportunity to learn
and live through Minor Disturbance. Stepping into the world and living
with the hardship of life can be terribly hard sometimes, but this
community of loving people is one of the greatest reasons I was able to
keep walking when there was no where to go."
Eli lynch, 17, Jefferson County Open School
"The Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Slam has had an amazing impact
on my life. Over the past 4 years the scene has expanded into a positive
space for youth to express themselves. Fantastic mentors encourage youth
to become better poets and people, which forms a wonderful community."
Elizabeth Olga Howard, 18, East High School
The workshop was insanely helpful for me. As a poet I struggle with structure and concept
and Jen Rinaldi really made me figure out a lot of stuff with style in my writing.
This workshop gave me a lot to focus on every time I write a poem.
Sarah Kaplan Gould, 18, Denver School of the Arts
"This community fosters a safe space for youth to express themselves
through language, to announce themselves to the world through
whichever words they choose, while at the same time works with people
to increase their writing skills and craft the best art possible."