Posts Tagged ‘Poetry Out Loud’

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The Poetry Place

December 7, 2020

Teaching Artist Brian Evans-Jones

Maine is fortunate to have Brian Evans-Jones as a poet and writer. He has established a unique website called The Poetry Place. What’s so interesting about it is that he offers The Poetry Parlor to offer support and an online learning environment for participants to write poetry. If you’re interested in writing poetry or perhaps you write poetry but want to learn more about writing poetry, I recommend Brian and The Poetry Place. Here are some questions (from Brian’s site) that can help you get a better idea:

  • Do you want to write better poems?
  • Do you wish you knew more about the techniques of poetry?
  • Do you need help with ideas and getting poems written?
  • Would you love to connect with like-minded poets?

There are many free resources on the site including a 30 page .pdf that you can download. It is called 8 Steps to Better Poems and is filled with a plethora of ideas and information to guide you to writing better poems. The document is broken into 3 segments: Poetry Techniques, Mastering Drafting and Your Next Steps. You can’t go wrong since the document is free! I suggest that you check it out and recommend that your colleagues and students do the same. You can also sign up for his newsletter which is filled with inspiring ideas.

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?

Poetry Parlor took me on a positive journey from using an existing poem as an idea to developing the first draft of my poem. The chosen poem and the discussions were inspirational in my own poetry writing.

Then, there were excellent tips on editing that helped to produce a published poem.”

— Sue B.

Brian is a teacher who is providing the motivation and guidance on an individual basis as well as providing time with others who write poetry. You can become a member of the parlor and benefit from following:

  • Getting authentic feedback and support from Brian and others
  • Learning techniques
  • Reading great poetry
  • Writing every month
  • Meeting other poets

Poetry Parlor can work for you if…

  • You have written poetry before, maybe for years, and you would like to broaden your knowledge and skills
  • You would like to learn more about the techniques and forms of poetry
  • You are looking for regular inspiration to help you create poems
  • You want to get feedback on your poems to help you improve
  • You want to know more about poetry being published now
  • You’re just starting poetry and would like some structure and guidance to help you
  • You’d like to get to know other poets in similar positions to yourself, for support, friendship, and encouragement.

ABOUT BRIAN

I was Poet Laureate of Hampshire in the UK (where I used to live) in 2012‑13, and in America I won the Maureen Egen Award from Poets & Writers in 2017. I’ve had poems published in magazines, competitions, and art events on both sides of the Atlantic. And I’ve taught at three colleges/universities, visited dozens of schools as a visiting Teaching Artist, and worked with hundreds of adult students through my own workshops and courses.

Brian coached the Maine State Poetry Out Loud (POL) champion Joao Victor before he traveled to the national competition where he finished in the top 10. Brian served as a judge for POL during 206-2018. POL is open to all Maine high school students and administered by the Maine Arts Commission (MAC). Brian is a member of the MAC Teaching Artist roster and a Teaching Artist Leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) established in 2011.

If you want to learn more check out the site and contact Brian at brian@brianevansjones.com and please let him know I sent you.

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Poetry Out Loud

March 22, 2020

Before the virus 

The Poetry Out Loud (POL) Maine State Finals he state finals took place at the Waterville Opera House on March 2. The following ten high school students proudly took their places after excelling at the classroom, school and regional level. If you click on their names you can hear parts of an interview and the student reciting.

Northern Maine Regional Champions

Southern Maine Regional Champions

Ella Shaffer, grade 10, Rangeley Lakes Regional School photo by Kate Philbrick, Sun Journal

At the time the students, their families and schools understood that one student would be selected to represent Maine at the POL National Finals. Each student was prepared to recite three poems. At the end of round two five state finalists were selected to recite their third poem from which one is the runner-up and one is the state champ. Grade 10 student from Rangeley Lakes Regional School Ella Shaffer was named the 2020 State Champ and Maine’s representative to travel to Washington, D.C. at the end of April. Ella did an amazing job reciting  “Sestina: Like” by A.E. Stallings, “I Eat Breakfast to Begin the Day” by Zubair Ahmed, “No, I wasn’t meant to love and be loved” by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib.

Traditionally a school bus from Rangeley travels to the POL state finals with a group of students and their teachers to support their school representative and also participate as audience members. English teacher Tim Straub has been a huge supporter of his students and the program. Along with Sonja Johnson, art teacher who is amazing! Everyone can benefit from the experience. This year was no exception but it was the first time Rangeley traveled home with the POL State Champ. Those of us who live in a small town in Maine know how exciting this news was for the residents in Rangeley and you can see in the video (below) what that looked like to Ella’s dad on the night of March 3 returning to town. (Get out your tissues).

Sadly the Corona virus (COVID-19) has robbed Ella and her school community the opportunity to travel to D.C. at the end of April for the national event. Even though the national event has been canceled it doesn’t remove the pride that this community has for Ella! I’m sure her three poems will be with her everywhere she travels during her lifetime.

If your high school doesn’t participate in the Poetry Out Loud program you can learn more at the National Poetry Out Loud website. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission.

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Poetry Out Loud

October 25, 2019

Registration December 1, 2019

Joao Rodrigues Victor-2019 Maine State Poetry Out Loud Champ

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to partner once again with the National Endowment for the Arts to give Maine schools the opportunity to participate in Poetry Out Loud in 2019-2020.

About Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Poetry Out Loud is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation.

How it Works

Victor on the national stage reciting

Once you register with us, involvement in Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom level. We’ll provide educational materials and resources to help get you and your students started. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to regional and state competitions, and ultimately to the National Finals. Awards and placements are determined solely by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Criteria.

Poetry Out Loud Awards

Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington, DC to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for their school. At the national finals, a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually.

Please visit the national Poetry Out Loud site to explore and learn more about this great program.

Key Dates

September 10, 2019       Registration Opens

December 1, 2019          Registration Deadline

February 3, 2020            Northern Maine Regional Finals (snow date February 4)

February 10, 2020          Southern Maine Regional Finals (snow date February 11)

March 2, 2020                 Maine State Finals — Waterville, ME (snow date, March 3)

April 28-29, 2020            National Finals – Washington, DC

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, please contact Brita Wanger-Morier, Performing Arts & Media Director at the Maine Arts Commission, at 207.287.2750 or by email Brita Wanger-Morier.

REGISTRATION 

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In Today’s News

May 22, 2019

Making new history

Joao Victor reciting at the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington D.C.

The City Council in Lewiston has created a new position – “Youth Poet Laureate” of the city and presented it to the state’s 2019 Poetry Out Loud Champion.

And, the purpose you might wonder? To encourage youth involvement in the arts. If you ask me – that is PRETTY WONDERFUL! Congratulations Victor!

Read the ENTIRE ARTICLE in the Sun Journal, written by Andrew Rice.

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Go Victor!

May 1, 2019

Moving to the national finals

First poem recitation

State Poetry Out Loud champions from across the country converged at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, DC yesterday. During three different blocks of time students representing each state recited poetry as part of the semifinals.

Joao Victor represented Maine and was scheduled during the first time slot, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. He recited two poems along with 17 other students. Students at Lewiston High School watched from their classrooms along with students, teachers, and community members from across the state. Everyone was excited when Victor’s name was called as one of 8 students to move to the next round, reciting a third poem.

At the end of round three 8 students held their breath as three finalists were named. Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts will move on to the national finals tonight, Wednesday along with 6 other students, representing the other two regions of the country. Yes, that means that out of thousands of students Joao Victor of Maine will be one of 9 students.

Again each will recite two poems, finalists will be selected to recite their third poem and a student will be named the National Poetry Out Loud Champion. The webcast live will take place at Lisner Auditorium, tonight at 7:00 p.m at THIS LINK.

Brian Evans-Jones, poet from South Berwick, has been coaching Victor since he was named Maine’s champion. The Maine Arts Commission is grateful for Brian’s commitment to the Poetry Out Loud program. Jim Siragusa, Victor’s English teacher has been working with him since the fall preparing him for the program. Jim is retiring this year after 38 years. Congratulations Jim and best of luck to Victor. You’ve made Maine proud already!

Receiving his plaque at the end of the second round of recitations.

Victor learning he was one of three to move on to the national finals.

On Victor’s left is Rose E. Hansen, Norwell High School, Massachusetts and his right is Escaja-Heiss, South Burlington High School, Vermont

Victor and his English teacher Mr. Siragusa at the State House last month after reciting for the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee

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POL Goes to DC

April 24, 2019

Joao Victor will represent Maine

One week from today Joao Victor from Lewiston High School will be in Washington, D.C. to represent Maine at the National Poetry Out Loud Finals. Fortunately, the recitations are broadcast live from the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.
There are three Semifinals on April 30 that are determined by geographical region. Joao will be reciting during the first Semifinal taking place from 9:00 a.m until 12:00 p.m. The top three from each of the three Semifinals will
advance to the National Final on May 1. The National Final will be broadcast from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. You can view the event POL & Live Broadcast.
I hope that you’ll have a chance to cheer Joao on, we’re excited for him! Both days of the National Finals will also be available through a live, one-time-only webcast HERE.
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Poetry Out Loud Recording

April 2, 2019

Live Streamed

If you missed the Maine Poetry Out Loud (POL) State Finals that were held on Monday, March 11 you can see the BRTV recording that was live streamed. The state finals opened with the Messalonskee Jazz Band under the direction of music educator Andrew Forster.

Archived on the Maine Arts Commission Facebook page.

Joao Victor, 2019 Maine Poetry Out Loud Champion

Bill Green, who served as the emcee for the state finals, provided a POL segment on his weekend show Bill Green’s Maine News Center. It’s a wonderful summary of the event – VIEW IT HERE. Thank you Bill for doing such a great job!

The Maine Arts Commission is creating Maine videos to provide resources for students and teachers participating in the POL program. The FIRST VIDEO is available on Pace. It includes three Maine high school students, Allan Monga, Deering High School, Portland, the 2018 Maine State Champ and 1st runner-up from 2019, Emma Lombardo, Westbrook High School, a State Finalist for the 2018 and Wyatt Bates, Yarmouth High School, Regional Finalist in 2018 and 2019.  More videos will be created and all of them will be available on the Maine Arts Commission Poetry Out Loud webpage.

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Tonight on Bill Green’s Maine

March 30, 2019

7:00 Poetry Out Loud on WCSH TV

Be sure to check out Bill Green’s Maine tonight at 7 p.m. Bill Green will be airing a special Maine Poetry Out Loud edition on WCSH TV (Channel 6) in Portland and WLBZ (Channel 2) in Bangor at 7 p.m. March 30!

2019 State Champ, Joao Victor from Lewiston High School and 2018 State Champ and 2019 Runner up Allan Monga from Deering High School

Bill Green, emcee, 2019 POL State Finals

 

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Joao Victor Reciting

March 13, 2019

And the final call

Check out the 2019 Maine State Poetry Out Loud Champion reciting and the end of the state finals when Joao was announced as the champ on the Maine Arts Commission Facebook page.


Joao on the news on WGME TV, listen to how inspired he was by last year’s champion Allan Monga.

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And, the POL Champ Is…

March 12, 2019

Congratulations

Ten students with all kinds of emotions arrived at the Waterville Opera House yesterday afternoon at about 12:30. At 2:30 the doors opened to the public and about 100 people – teachers, parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, and poets flowed into the seats for an afternoon of poetry. Everyone was excited for the State Poetry Out Loud Finals. The students were prepared, they looked great and one by one they walked onto the stage to recite poems that they had become very familiar with during the last few months.

Joao and Allan waiting to hear who would become the champ and first runner-up for 2019

At the end of the day, the ten students stood shoulder to shoulder, proud for their amazing accomplishments. One was named the 2019 Maine State POL Champion and one became the runner-up for Maine.

Congratulations to Joao Victor, grade 12, Lewiston High School, Maine’s Champ. Joao will represent Maine at the National POL Finals. Congratulations to Allan Monga, grade 12, Deering High School who was named the runner-up.

I invite you all to watch the live-stream of the national event on April 29 and May 1. More details will be provided in the future on this blog.

Joao Victor, Allan Monga, and emcee Bill Green at the end of the program

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