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Listening to the Future

Listening to the Future is an event created by Rochester Spoken Word and co-hosted by Writers & Books that gives area high school students an opportunity to share their prose and poetry with a live audience. It is held annually at the performance space at Writers & Books, and all participants are nominated by their teachers. The goal of the event is to encourage students who have a gift for the written word to continue writing and sharing their work.

In addition to showcasing student writers, we also hold a contest for gifted artistic students to design the commemorative t-shirt that is given out to the participants each year.

If you are a teacher in the English/Writing field or the Art/Graphic Design field at a high school within Monroe County and would like to be added to our mailing list for Listening to the Future, please use the form below to submit your information. Our goal each year is to get nominees from every district within county.