Attend a POL event this month!
Recitation and performance are major new trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music among our youth. Poetry Out Loud (POL) builds on this momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into schools. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with the Maine Arts Commission and provide the opportunity for all Maine high school students to participate. This is the 12th year of the program and POL continues to grow while helping students to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.
Each school that participates selects one student to represent them at one of two regional finals event. Ten students are ultimately selected to recite at the state finals. One student, moves on from the state finals to represent Maine at the national finals in Washington D.C., where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.
Poetry Out Loud events are very exciting to attend. If you or your students are interested in poetry you won’t want to miss the amazing opportunities.
Key Dates for POL in Maine
February 13, 2017 Northern Maine Regional Finals (Performing Arts Center, Hampden Academy, 3 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.) RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – SNOW DATE!
March 2, 2017 Snow date Southern Maine Regional Finals
March 13, 2017 Maine State Finals (3 p.m., Waterville Opera House)
The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
March 14, 2017 Snow date for Maine State Finals
April 24-26, 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals (Washington, D.C.)
Schools participating this year in MaineNorthern Regional Finals on February 27:
Bangor High SchoolCalais High School Camden Hills Regional High School Carrabec High School Erskine Academy Gardiner Area High School George Stevens Academy Hampden Academy Kents Hill School Lee Academy Maine Central Institute Medomak Valley High School Messalonskee High School Narraguagus Jr./Sr. High School Presque Isle High School Rangeley Lakes Regional School Richmond High School Searsport District High School Waterville Senior High School Southern Regional Finals on February 28 (snow date of March 2): Cape Elizabeth High School Casco Bay High School Deering High School Freeport High School Gorham High School Greely High School Harpswell Coastal Academy Kennebunk High School Lewiston High School Lisbon High School Maine Coast Waldorf School Maine Girls’ Academy Morse High School Mt. Ararat High School North Yarmouth Academy Oak Hill High School Portland High School Sacopee Valley High School Saint Dominic Academy South Portland High School Waynflete School Westbrook High School Yarmouth High School