Poetry Out Loud Hawaii

Poetry Out Loud: Hawai‘i State Finals
March 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.

Tenney Theatre at St. Andrew’s Cathedral
229 Queen Emma Square

Open to anyone interested in poetry is welcome to attend and cheer the students on!
For more information, click Poetry Out Loud Hawai‘i.

2012 Hawai’i Poetry Out Loud Contestants

Honolulu Theatre for Youth and the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts invite high school students from across the state to compete in 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 dynamics 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 March 3, 2013, in Honolulu. The state champion will receive $200, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Finals from April 29-30, 2013, in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

This is the eighth year that HTY is partnering with HSFCA to bring Poetry Out Loud to Hawai‘i. More than 365,000 students from over 2,000 high schools nationwide took part in the 2011-2012 Poetry Out Loud program. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation will provide state arts agencies with free, standards-based curriculum materials for use by participating school. These materials include an online poetry anthology, a Teacher’s Guide with sample lesson plans to help instructors teach recitation and performance, and a Learning Recitation DVD. Program materials are also available for download on the website, www.poetryoutloud.org, which offer additional resources.

Fore more information or to get involved, high school teachers should contact HTY at 839-9885, ext. 704 or via e-mail at edadmin@hty.org. The deadline to sign-up is January 25, 2013.