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 are invited to participate in classroom and school wide contests, advancing to a Hawai‘i state competition on February 12, 2017 in Honolulu. 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.
If you are interested in your school’s participation in this year’s competition, please contact Kasey Lindley at Honolulu Theatre for Youth no later than December 16, 2016, at (808) 839-9885, ext. 704, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or check website: HTY Poetry Out Loud.
This is the 12th year that HTY will partner with the HSFCA to bring Poetry Out Loud to Hawai‘i.
The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provided state arts agencies with free, standards-based curriculum materials for use by participating schools. These materials included an online poetry anthology and a Teacher’s Guide with sample lesson plans to help instructors teach recitation and performance. Program materials were also available for download on the website, www.poetryoutloud.org, which offers additional resources.