Speak Out Loud (SOL) is an inclusive community of artists dedicated to creating and promoting original spoken word poetry at Harvard. While our focus is spoken word, we also embrace and encourage collaboration with other student groups to foster new conversations. We maintain that poetry thrives on emotion as well as analysis, and we emphasize both the personal journey of writing and the public one of performance. Most fundamentally, we believe that by telling our own stories without self-censorship or perfectionism, we can build an accepting community where we challenge ourselves to approach issues of identity honestly and creatively. SOL welcomes all who wish to write or listen, regardless of experience or affiliation.