Alaskan students are invited to register for Poetry Out Loud by Oct. 15.
The competition, presented by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a recitation competition to high schools across the country. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals in Washington, D.C.
The winner of the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud finals will receive $200, and the winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library.
The Alaska state champion of the Poetry Out Loud will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will bestow a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
For more information, poems and teaching resources for Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.