2008 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest
Fifteen New Hampshire high schools will participate in the 2008 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Competition (National Recitation Project) sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation.
By encouraging high school students to memorize and perform great poems, Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. This exciting new program, which began in 2005, helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
The program consists of a three-week curriculum (provided by the National Endowment for the Arts) in which students develop memorization skills and a deeper understanding of classic poetry. Each high school holds a competition in classrooms to select winners interested in participating in a school-wide competition. Each participating high school then selects a winner to compete at a regional and state final competition. The state regional and finals competition will take place at Keene State College in the Arts Center at Brickyard Pond on March 22, 2008. (Snow date is March 29, 2008).
Meet Our Master of Ceremonies for 2008 Poetry OutLoud Finals Competition at Keene State College, March 22, 2008
One winner from each school will advance to the state Poetry Out Loud contest, taking place at Keene State College's Arts Center on Brickyard Pond on Saturday, March 22, 2008, from noon until 5:30 p.m. (snowdate: 3-29-08). The public is invited to attend.
The winner of the state competition will receive $200 and an all expenses paid trip to the national competition in Washington, DC, on April 27-29, 2008. Additionally, the winner's school will receive $500 to purchase poetry books. The individual state runner-up will receive $100 with an additional $200 award to his/her school for poetry books.
Poetry Out Loud coming to a school near you (January 23, 2008 Union Leader article)
The participating NH high schools include the following:
(click on the school name to access school website and directions)
New Hampshire partners for Poetry Out Loud include the NH Writers' Project, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Keene State College, the Arts Alliance of Northern NH, The Poetry Society of NH, the Frost Place in Franconia and Toadstool Bookstores of Peterborough and Milford.
For updates on New Hampshire high school competition dates please check this webpage frequently.
For more information on the 2008 Poetry out Loud program in NH, contact Rodger Martin, Project Director at 603-525-4715, Rodgerwriter@verizon.net; or Catherine O'Brian, Arts in Education Coordinator, NH State Council on the Arts, 603-271-0795, or Catherine.R.O'Brian@dcr.nh.gov.
More details about the program plus many valuable resources are available at the national Poetry Out Loud website: www.poetryoutloud.org.
September 2, 2010