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Maine State Poetry Out Loud

March 24, 2017

Hot off the screen – POL video

The Maine Arts Commission Marketing Director Ryan Leighton created this video that documents the recent state Poetry Out Loud event. It is so great to hear what the students have to say about what POL means to them. If you’d like to learn more about the program in Maine please CLICK HERE.

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Congratulations Gabrielle!

March 17, 2017

Gardiner Area High School Senior Gabrielle Cooper

Gardiner High School Senior Gabrielle Cooper Maine Poetry Out Loud State Champ
Natalie Lisnet, senior at Bangor High School, is runner up

AUGUSTA, ME, MARCH 13– The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce that Gabrielle Cooper, a senior from Gardiner High School, won the Maine Poetry Out Loud State Finals and is on her way to the nationals in Washington, D.C. in April. Natalie Lisnet, a senior from Bangor High School took runner-up. Cooper won the championship in three rounds of readings among 10 finalists representing Maine’s northern and southern regionals.

The Maine Arts Commission organizes the poetry recitation contest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Jennifer Rooks, public affairs host and producer at Maine Public Broadcasting Network was the master of ceremonies for the event at the Waterville Opera House. The event also featured music from the Maranacook Chamber Singers and a reading by Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum.

Poetry Out Loud Maine Champion Gabrielle Cooper poses with her first place trophy. It was Cooper’s first time competing in the state and regional finals. She will now move on to Washington D.C. to compete in the national championship.

“I think that when a poem works and a poet gets to the point where he or she wants to get, it’s because they made a discovery in their work,” Kesterbaum said while speaking to the finalists during intermission. “I think when you spoke those poems, you were making that same discovery in the words that the poet made.”

All 10 contestants recited two poems by memory before intermission, at which time the panel of four judges selected five finalists. In the final round of five, Cooper recited “To Be of Use,” by Marge Piercy, a poem Cooper said, is about the value of hard work and how nice it is to see progress in your efforts.

In her spare time, Cooper enjoys horseback riding, playing in her school band and volunteering with Spectrum Generations’ Meals on Wheels program. Cooper will attend Dartmouth College next fall, where she hopes to pursue a degree in economics.

After the event, Cooper thanked her mom and English teachers for all the support and effort they put into helping her along the way.

Maine Poetry Out Loud State Finalists: (left to right): Emma Beyor, Kate Hodgson, Amran Mahamed, Skyler Vaughn, Arielle Leeman, Antyna Gould, Gabrielle Cooper, Natalie Lisnet, Jordan Bryant and Sabrina Small.

“They helped me a lot with practicing after school, during my study halls, breaking down my poems for me, and giving me feedback after the regional competition,” Cooper said. “That’s been a great help. It’s been nice to spend that time with them.”

Cooper will receive $200, as well as a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for Gardiner High School. She will then represent Maine at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals in Washington D.C. on April 25-26. Cooper will compete for the first place award of a $20,000 scholarship. In total, $50,000 in prizes and school stipends will be awarded to the top 10 finalists and their schools.

In addition to Cooper and Lisnet, the other state finalists were: Emma Beyor, Erskine Academy; Kate Hodgson, Camden Regional High School; Amran Mahamed, Deering High School; Skyler Vaughn, The Maine Girls’ Academy; Arielle Leeman, Morse High School; Antyna Gould, Medomak Valley High School; Jordan Bryant, Greely High School; and Sabrina Small, Maine Coast Waldorf School.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, and for how your school can participate next year, visit http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/POL-Home or contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission at argy.nestor@maine.gov. Videos of the Poetry Out Loud state and regional finals will be made available on the Maine Arts Commission youtube and Facebook page: https://www.youtube.com/user/VirtualMaineArts.

The Maine Arts Commission supports artists, art organizations, educators, policy makers, and community developers in advancing the arts in Maine. For more than 50 years the Commission has encouraged and stimulated public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; has worked to expand the state’s cultural resources; and encouraged and assisted freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at mainearts.com.

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In Today’s News

March 14, 2017

State POL Champ

Photo by staff photographer David Leaming

This is from today’s Morning Sentinel. Read about Maine’s new Poetry Out Loud Champ. Exciting event that took place yesterday at the Waterville Opera House in front of an almost full house of poetry appreciators!

CLICK HERE for the link to the article from today’s newspaper.

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In Today’s News

March 13, 2017

Gardiner High School POL

Photo by Joe Phelan, Portland Press Herald

In the Maine Sunday Telegram a wonderful story about Gabrielle Cooper, a senior who has participated in the Poetry Out Loud program for four years. She represents Gardiner High School later on today at the Waterville Opera House for the Maine State POL Finals. It is a great opportunity to see and hear ten Maine high school students reciting poetry. The program starts at 3:00 and I hope to see you there!

Read all about Gabrielle at THIS LINK.

The ten students participating and their grades and schools are listed below.

Northern Maine Regional Champions
Natalie Lisnet, Grade 12, Bangor High School
Kate Hodgson, Grade 12, Camden Hills Regional High School
Emma Beyor, Grade 12, Erskine Academy
Gabrielle Cooper, Grade 12, Gardiner Area High School
Antyna Gould, Grade 12, Medomak Valley High School
Southern Maine Regional Champions
Amran Mahamed, Grade 11, Deering High School
Jordan Bryant, Grade 10, Greely High School
Sabrina Small, Grade 12, Maine Coast Waldorf School
Skyler Vaughn, Grade 12, The Maine Girls’ Academy
Arielle Leeman, Grade 12, Morse High School

Poetry Out Loud is organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. It begins in Maine’s schools where school champions are selected to compete in two regional finals at which ten students are ultimately selected to recite at the state finals. One student, the state champion, 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 will compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.

For more information on the program please CLICK HERE.

 

 

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Poetry Out Loud

March 7, 2017

Highlights of the Northern and Southern

Last week the Maine Poetry Out Loud Northern and Southern events took place at Hampden Academy and Thornton Academy. I was so impressed with the 42 high school students who recited (from memory) two, and if they made it to the final round, three poems. They were poised, articulate, and so committed to the poems they shared.

If you are interested in poetry, all I can say is, you missed a wonderful performance. Fortunately, you can catch glimpses of the poets reciting in two videos produced by the Maine Arts Commission Marketing Director, Ryan Leighton.

From each event, five students were selected to move onto the state finals, Monday, March 13, 3:00 PM, Waterville Opera House. In a blog post from last week you can see who is moving to the states by CLICKING HERE. Guaranteed you will be moved beyond words when you hear these 10 students recite. Jennifer Rooks from Maine Calling will emcee. In addition to the poets, the Maranacook Chamber Singers under the direction of Drew Albert will perform and, Maine’s Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum will recite some of his work.

Both videos are posted on the Maine Arts Education youtube channel.

Northern Maine POL Finals – Hampden Academy

Southern Maine POL Finals – Thornton Academy

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POL: Heading to the State Finals

March 2, 2017

Poetry Out Loud

Maine Arts Commission Announces Top Ten Poetry Out Loud Finalists

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-7-02-27-pmAUGUSTA, ME–The art of poetry and competition is alive and well in Maine, as 42 individual high school students competed at the Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals February 27 and 28.

This year’s regional poetry recitation contest was hosted at Hampden Academy in the north, and Thornton Academy in the south. The Maine Arts Commission, which administers the competition at the state level, is pleased to announce the top 10 finalists who will participate in the State Finals at the Waterville Opera House on March 13 at 3 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Maine high school students – we are so proud of you!

Northern Maine Regional Champions

  • Natalie Lisnet, Grade 12, Bangor High School
  • Kate Hodgson, Grade 12, Camden Hills Regional High School
  • Emma Beyor, Grade 12, Erskine Academy
  • Gabrielle Cooper, Grade 12, Gardiner Area High School
  • Antyna Gould, Grade 12, Medomak Valley High School

Southern Maine Regional Champions

  • Amran Mahamed, Grade 11, Deering High School
  • Jordan Bryant, Grade 120, Greely High School
  • Sabrina Small, Grade 12, Maine Coast Waldorf School
  • Skyler Vaughn, Grade 12, Maine Girls Academy
  • Arielle Leeman, Grade 12 Morse High School
Poetry Out Loud Northern Regional Finalists left to right: Antyna Gould, Medomak Valley High School; Gabrielle Cooper, Gardiner Area High School; Emma Beyor, Erskine Academy; Kate Hodgson, Camden Hills Regional High School; Natalie Lisnet, Bangor High School.

Poetry Out Loud Northern Regional Finalists left to right: Antyna Gould, Medomak Valley High School; Gabrielle Cooper, Gardiner Area High School; Emma Beyor, Erskine Academy; Kate Hodgson, Camden Hills Regional High School; Natalie Lisnet, Bangor High School.

Poetry Out Loud is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation to encourage performance art, memorization, and public speaking skills in high schools nationwide. Since the contest started in 2005, nearly three million students and 10,000 schools have participated.  Maine high schools consistently draw a high participation rate from around the state.  The top-qualifying student from each participating school is then selected to compete in either the Northern or Southern Regional Finals. There are two rounds of recitation in which students must perform one poem written pre-20th century, and one poem that consists of 25 lines or fewer.  The final round is reserved for the top 10 performers to recite one final poem. Performances are judged on the student’s physical presence, vocal articulation, dramatic appropriateness, and evidence of understanding of the poem.  The juried panel then chooses the top five finalists from each region to move on the State Finals.

Poetry Out Loud Southern Regional Finalists left to right: Sabrina Small, Maine Coast Waldorf School; Skyler Vaughn, The Maine Girls’ Academy; Arielle Leeman, Morse High School; Jordan Bryant, Greely High School; Amran Mahamed, Deering High School.

Poetry Out Loud Southern Regional Finalists left to right: Sabrina Small, Maine Coast Waldorf School; Skyler Vaughn, The Maine Girls’ Academy; Arielle Leeman, Morse High School; Jordan Bryant, Greely High School; Amran Mahamed, Deering High School.

The Maine State Finals will take place on March 13 at the Waterville Opera House. The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. The state champion will receive $200 and a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for the winner’s school. The winner will then be flown to Washington D.C. in April to participate in the National Finals and compete for a total of  $50,000 in awards and school stipends, as well as a $20,000 scholarship.

For more information about the State and National Finals, please visit Maine Arts Commission: Poetry Out Loud 2017 or contact Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.

 

 

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Poetry Out Loud

February 9, 2017

Attend a POL event this month!

screen-shot-2017-02-09-at-9-09-36-pmRecitation 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.

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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!

February 28, 2017      Southern Maine Regional Finals (Garland Auditorium,Thornton Academy, the event is free and all are welcome to attend.)

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 Maine

Northern Regional Finals on February 27:
Rose Horowitz, 2016 Maine State Champion

Rose Horowitz, 2016 Maine State Champion

Bangor High School

Calais 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):
2016-pol-finalistsCape 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
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