FSU’s Center for Creative Writing to Co-host Poetry Out Loud Competition
Frostburg State University’s Center for Creative Writing together with the Maryland State Arts Council will host the regional semifinals of the Poetry Out Loud Competition on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 1 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Frostburg.
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies of the United States to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation and helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Each contestant will recite two poems and will be judged on physical presence, voice and articulation, appropriateness of dramatization, level of difficulty of poem, evidence of understanding, accuracy and overall performance.
Poetry Out Loud is open to all high school students across the country. Last year, nearly 365,000 students competed in the competition (15,000 from Maryland), which uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level. At the local level, Allegany High School, Fort Hill High School and Mountain Ridge High School are participating in the 2014 program.
The student winners from the local classroom competitions advanced to the county competition on Jan. 15. The winners of the regional competition will advance to the state competition on Saturday, March 15, at the Brown Center/Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, and then ultimately to the national finals at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., at a date to be determined in April.
For more information about the Poetry Out Loud competition, visit www.poetryoutloud.org or contact Sue Hughes, supervisor of Secondary English and Reading at the Allegany County Board of Education, at 301-759-2016 or Chris Stewart at the Maryland State Arts Council at 410-767-6476.
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00pm