Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud (POL) encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life while competing for valuable prizes for themselves and their schools.
Now in its seventeenth year nationwide, and its twelfth in Inyo County, POL was created through the National Endowment of the Arts and The Poetry Foundation to encourage youth to learn about great poetry through exploration, memorization, and performance. The program begins in the classroom with NCTE and Common Core standards-based curriculum for teachers. Students select poems from the POL Anthology of more than 650 classic and contemporary poems to memorize and recite.
Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands.
Learn more about this classroom-based, national competition at www.PoetryOutLoud.org
Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the Inyo County Office of Education for making this dynamic program possible!
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INYO COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE RESULTS OF THE 2023 INYO COUNTY POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION
Hosted by Owens Valley High School in partnership with Inyo Council for the Arts and Inyo County Office of Education, the Inyo County Poetry Out Loud competition was held Wednesday, February 22, in Independence, CA. This year, 4 students participated, reciting poems before a crowd of nearly 40 supporters and a panel of esteemed judges.
Kevin Glenn, who recited the poem “Late Summer” by Jennifer Grotz and “Arrow and the Song” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, won the honor of 2023 Inyo County Poetry Out Loud Champion. The other finalists were Samuel Rice (runner-up), Angelina Keefe, and Phillip Powell. Glenn, a senior at Owens Valley High, will advance to the statewide competition scheduled virtually for March 19-20. The California champion will then advance to the national competition set for May 8-10
This event is sponsored by the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Poetry Foundation. Thank you!
2023 Champion Kevin Glenn
FINALISTS: Kevin Glenn (Winner), Phillip Powell, Samuel Rice (Runner-up), Angelina Keefe