[Library Media] 2014 Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest

Juan Lee jtlee at utah.gov
Wed Sep 4 11:32:07 MDT 2013


Dear Educator:

Your school is invited to participate in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud: National
Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the Utah
Division of Arts & Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the
Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high
school students to learn about great poetry through memorization,
performance, and competition.

Utah has had four finalists in the national top nine. Last year, Devin
Jones of West Jordan High School received an honorable mention. In 2012,
senior MarKaye Hassan of Logan High School took third place in the national
finals. She was also invited to return to Washington, D.C., to recite at
the National Book Festival. In 2008, Skyline High School senior Madison
Niermeyer also placed third at the national competition and received a
$5,000 scholarship award. Niermeyer was contacted by noted Beat poet
Lawrence Ferlinghetti to congratulate her on her recitation of his poem “I
Am Waiting.”

Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that begins at the classroom
level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, and then to a regional
competition. Each region has a winner advance to the State Final. The Utah
champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 30
and May 1, 2014 in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school
prizes will be distributed. Isolated schools not associated with a region
can still participate, but will need to compete at a preliminary level of
competition that takes place the same day of the State Final. Regional
competitions were added as a level of competition last year due to an
increase of participation. Participating schools will need to register.
School-wide competitions will need to end by February 7th, 2014. Regional
competitions will end by February 21st, 2014. Utah’s Final Competition will
take place on March 12th, 2014 at Westminster College.

Currently, we have tentative regions because we are working on finding
regional coordinators.

For more information or to register your school, call 801-533-5760 or email
cborjas at utah.gov

Please see flyer attached for more details. You can also visit

We really look forward to hearing from your school.

Information forwarded by:
**Juan Tomás Lee*,
Utah *State Library* Division
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