The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts and Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.
Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Starting in December schools and students participate in classroom, school, and regional contests. Finalists advance to a state competition in Juneau on Tuesday, February 22, 2011. The state champion will then travel to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington DC on April 25-27, 2011. The National winner receives a $20,000 college scholarship.
Caitlyn Woolsey of Sitka High School won the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Championship on March 16, 2009 and represented Alaska in the National Finals that April.
Jessica Wilder of Chugiak High School was the 2010 Champion.
Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers across the nation by capitalizing on trends in poetry-recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken work, and theatre in the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
General information on Poetry Out Loud is available from Poetry Out Loud or call Franny at 907 586-5099 for more information about the Alaska program.
Teachers: Register your school now!
November 12: Last date rural Alaska teachers may submit a registration form to participate via video
January 12: Last date Alaska teachers may submit a registration form to participate (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau)
January 19: Videos of regional contestants due in Juneau
February 7: Airline Reservations
February 10: Deadline for community/regional competitions to be held
February 22: Poetry Out Loud: Alaska Recitation Contest in Juneau
April 27-29: National Finals in Washington, DC