TEEN ANGST … is a verbatim comedy night that was created by Sara Bynoe in 2000 in Calgary, AB, Canada.

In 2000 to launch the website http://www.TeenAngstPoetry.com Sara Bynoe began hosting Teen Angst nights where she encouraged people to read their most embarrassing adolescent writing in front of an audience.

In 2005 St. Martin’s Press published an anthology edited by Sara Bynoe titled: “Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry.”

Teen Angst has been performed in Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and in the UK.


Teen Angst is an open mic comedic reading series where everyday people read from their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays (and more), in front of an audience.

Part stand-up comedy, part poetry reading, part storytelling night.


Like a poetry readings meets AA meets stand-up comedy. There’s bad poetry, journal entries, old songs and other teenage angst performed by people who are mortified by what they created from the bottoms of their souls yet brave enough to share it with the world.


It is the poetry one wrote between the ages of 12-18 (or later) when one is depressed or hurt and it is an outlet for the most “profound” thoughts (or you thought so at the time- like “Yes! this explains everything I mean to say”). Most often it has horrible rhyming schemes and very obvious metaphors. Common themes are: I am alone, No one understands my pain, I will never love again, fuck you, fuck off, go to hell, and life sucks.


“It’s high time the rhyme-crazy juveniles of the world are celebrated as the poetic prodigies we truly were.” Nylon Magazine

“Teen Angst: A Celebration of REALLY BAD Poetry probably contains some of the very worst poetry in print today.” FFWD, Calgary

Cleveland Plain Dealer Top 20 Summer Must Reads

New York Library Association’s nominated book for Books of Summer, 2005

“It’s bad. But in a good way of course.” The WestEnder, Vancouver

“A highlight [of the Teen Angst Poetry Night] was the felt board presentation by Sara. The former library worker read an old high school poem based on the Night Before Christmas that told about the gang in her neighborhood, The Flava. Even if you couldn’t see the felt board cutouts of trucks with “the Flava” symbol on them,it was bloody hilarious”- ION magazine

“Who knew bad poetry could be so good. Funny and poignant, but mostly funny.” -Canadian Actor Review


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