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4th Annual New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Competition
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poetry outloud logoAttention high school teachers, administrators, parents: The 4th Annual NH Poetry Out Loud Competition is getting under way! 

Who is eligible? This is a free program offered to all New Hampshire public, private, and home schooled high school students.

What is the goal? The goal of the competition and its accompanying curriculum is to encourage the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud builds on the current resurgence of the spoken word as an art form, inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class.

How does it work? The program consists of a three-week curriculum (provided by the National Endowment for the Arts)  in which students will train in memorizing and presenting classic poetry.  Each class holds a competition to select winners interested in participating in a school-wide competition.  Each high school then holds a competition to select a champion and alternate from those participants.  The high school champion competes at the state final held at Keene State College on March 21, 2009. 

Prizes? The winner of the state competition will receive $200 and an all expenses paid trip (one chaperone included) to the national competition in Washington, DC, in late April, 2009.  Additionally his/her school will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry books.  The individual state runner-up will receive $100 with an additional $200 award to his/her school for poetry books.  

Questions? For more information about the New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud Competition, contact:

New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (NHSCA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Poetry Foundation, in cooperation with the Monadnock Writers Group, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, New Hampshire Writers Project, the Poetry Society of NH, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, and the Frost Place in Franconia.

Info about the National Poetry Out Loud project:




Last updated: September 2, 2010

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