Phonetic Spit is the leading spoken word & poetry based arts-in-education ​
provider in the Valley of the Sun. 

Spit: slang meaning "to bust a rhyme" or "to freestyle," here also used to denote the action of mastering one's own language for the purposes of healing and enlightenment.​​


Phonetic Spit creates a safe space to empower young people to establish their voice and use it to become driven and contributing citizens of the world using the art of spoken word poetry in an effort combat illiteracy and silence.


Phonetic Spit has strategically aligned its self with G Road, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Free Arts Arizona, Project Humanities, Arizona Humanities Council, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Phoenix Union High Schools to provide poetry and spoken word workshops to over thirty high schools and community centers a year.

In addition to these programs Phonetic Spits offers a twice a month youth poetry slam where youth have the opportunity to progressively express themselves and earn an opportunity to compete in the annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival.

Who We Are

Co-Founder: Tomas Stanton​

Co-Founder: Myrlin Hepworth

Combating Illiteracy​​​​​​​​​​​​​
In addition to the Arizona Common Core Standards for Literacy, Phonetic Spit also aims to address

these three additional forms of literacy:

Emotional Literacy: The ability to recognize, understand, and appropriately express our emotions. Emotional literacy is the basis for perceiving and communicating emotions.​

Oral Literacy: The ability to effectively communication orally with an audience.

Cultural Literacy: Knowledge of history, contributions, and perspectives of diverse cultural groups, including one’s own group. Cultural literacy is a fundamental aspect of one’s ability to comprehend reading, writing and other media sources.

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Email for more info at phoneticspit@groad.org