Poetry Out Loud 2017

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 in Arts Education, Blog Post, Poetry Out Loud
Nicholas Amador at the Poetry Out Loud Competition national finals. Nicolas faces right with his arms outstretched as he recites a poem during the competition.

Nicholas Amador at the Poetry Out Loud Competition national finals. Photo credit: James Kegley

Congratulations to Nicholas Amador, Poetry Out Loud Hawai‘i State Champion. Nicholas is a junior at Punahou School and continued on to the national competition in April. He was the Hawai‘i State Champion in 2016 and placed third nationally.

The Poetry Out Loud Contest Hawai‘i State Finals took place on Sunday, February 12, 2017, with 14 students from across the state competing. The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts partners with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation to bring this national poetry recitation contest to Hawai‘i.

Listen to an interview with Vivien Lee, Arts Program Specialist,
about the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on HPR’s The Conversation.

The POL National Finals took place on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 and was webcast live by Poetry Out Loud. The webcast can be viewed on YouTube: Poetry Out Loud 2017 – National Finals. More information about the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National finals is available here: Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Additional information is available here: Poetry Out Loud.

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and the Honolulu Theatre for Youth invited high school students from across the state to compete in the 2016-17 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry ­ recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self­-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Schools were invited to participate in classroom and school wide contests, advancing to a Hawai‘i state competition on February 12, 2017 in Honolulu. The deadline for school participation in this year’s competition has now passed. Many in the community attend the finals and cheered on the 14 young poets in the competition, with a reception immediately following. The finals were free and open to the public.

The state champion received $200 and an all­ expenses­ paid trip to the National Finals April 25-26, 2017 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends were distributed.

Punahou School sophomore Nicholas Amador placed 3rd in last year’s National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

Poetry Out Loud began in 2006 and HTY has been the SFCA partner to implement the program statewide ever since. This is the 12th year that HTY and the SFCA have brought Poetry Out Loud to Hawai‘i.

The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide state arts agencies with free, standards-based curriculum materials for use by participating schools. These materials include an online poetry anthology and a Teacher’s Guide with sample lesson plans to help instructors teach recitation and performance. Program materials are also available for download on the website, www.poetryoutloud.org, which offers additional resources.

Past Competitions
2016 Hawai‘i Poetry Out Loud
2015 Hawai‘i Poetry Out Loud
2014 Hawai‘i Poetry Out Loud