Always one of the highlights of the year, Poetry Out Loud returns to Albany on Thursday, Feb 21 with the first regional poetry recitation competition. Once again, many local poets and performers will be part of this years judging panel at both the regionals and the state finals (Saturday, March 16).
In previous years this exciting event, bring students from all over New York state has taken place at The Linda and the NYS Museum, but this time around, for the first time both regional contests and the final event will take place at The College of Saint Rose.
Here is some more information on Poetry Out Loud from Daniel Nester:
The College of Saint Rose is proud to host the Regional and State Finals of Poetry Out Loud!
Thursday, February 21, 6pm Standish Rooms
Tuesday, February 26, 6pm St. Joseph Auditorium
Saturday, March 16, 2pm St. Joseph Auditorium
These events are free and open to the public.
Sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by building on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form. Launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating, POL has grown every year with over 365,000 students competing in 2011-2012.
The POL site includes an online anthology of hundreds of poems, as well as lesson plans and a teacher’s guide that address specific NCTE English Teaching Standards. Through Poetry Out Loud, high school students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
This year the New York State Poetry Out Loud competitions are run by the New York Library Association. For information, go to their website.
For more information, contact Daniel Nester in the English Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.