FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2011
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
Catherine O’Brian, N.H. State Council on the Arts
Registration open for 2011-2012 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Program
There are still a few slots remaining for high schools wishing to participate in the 2011-2012 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud competition.
Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, encourages youth to learn about the beauty and power of language through memorization and performance of great poems. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Now in its seventh year, New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud program is managed by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts with the support of the New Hampshire Writers Project. Other partners include the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire and the Frost Place.
Poetry Out Loud competitors memorize and recite poems from hundreds identified by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that represent the breadth of great poetry. Participants are judged on the quality of their presentation, accuracy in reciting the poem and its difficulty.
In New Hampshire, classroom champions compete to represent their high school at regional competitions; those winners participate in March’s state championship, which once again will be held at Representatives Hall at the State House in Concord. Each state’s champion then travels to Washington, D.C. for the national finals, where more than $50,000 in college scholarships and prizes are awarded to the top finishers.
New Hampshire’s 2006 State Poetry Out Loud champion, Teal Van Dyke of Bow High School, was awarded second place in the 2006 national finals for her presentation of “Siren Song” by Margaret Atwood. Her performance of Allen Ginsberg’s “A Supermarket in California” was included in a WGBH program about the competition.
Owing to limited resources, registration will be open to 40 high schools. Home school students are also welcome to join through their local school or by creating a group.
The deadline to register for 2011-2012 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Program is October 14, 2011. To learn more or to register, go to: www.nh.gov/nharts and click on the “Poetry Out Loud” button on the right.
New Hampshire educators interested in having their school participate in 2011-2012 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud should contact Catherine O’Brian at (603) 271-0795 or Catherine.R.OBrian@dcr.nh.gov.