2023 National Poetry Out Loud Competition

May 2, 2023
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2023 Poetry Out Loud National Competition

Hawaiʻi State Champion Irene Jiayi Zhong (Punahou School) is scheduled to compete in the National Semifinals on Tuesday, May 9, 11:00 a.m. Hawaiʻi Standard Time. The competition will be live-streamed on YouTube: youtu.be/-JDmsAvTUf0.

National Semifinals: May 9
National Finals: May 10

About Poetry Out Loud

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.

Poetry Out Loud began in 2006 and Honolulu Theatre for Youth has been the SFCA partner to implement the program statewide ever since.

The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide state arts agencies (including the SFCA) 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.

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