In this program Arts in Education Program Manager, Diana Green, interviews students and teachers who attended the Finding Your Voice Workshop hosted by the Tuscaloosa Arts Council for Region 4. Some of these students were selected to participate in the State Poetry Out Loud finals February 18th. Green also interviews Diana Van Fossen, of the Alabama Shakespeare about the Shakespeare Festival partnership.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to school-wide competition, to a regional competition, to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, DC. The Alabama State Council on the Arts in partnership with the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education and four regional partners administer the program in Alabama.  

The 2013 Alabama Poetry Out Loud State Finals will be held Monday, Feb. 18 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 1 Festival Drive, Montgomery. The event will include two rounds of powerful student poetry recitation, including an original poetry competition.  This event is free and open to the public.

Round One of the 2013 competition will begin Feb. 18 at 10:00 a.m. on the Festival Stage of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Fourteen students from across the state will be competing as they recite two original poems each. At the end of Round One, at approximately noon, judges will announce three winners for the state’s original poetry competition. An awards ceremony will be held immediately following this first round. The National Poetry Out Loud competition will begin at 2:00 p.m. which will include fourteen additional students reciting up to three poems each from a provided anthology. The winner will be named Alabama’s Poetry Out Loud Champion and will move on the national competition, in Washington DC, April 29-30.

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