Teenagers from the winning high schools read poetry as part of the upcoming Poetry Out Loud competition. Student poets include Volcano Vista, Bosque School, Native American Community Academy, and La Cueva.
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. A Poetry Out Loud recitation differs significantly from a slam poetry performance yet many students find they enjoy both styles. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
For the past 13 years more than 11,000 high school students across New Mexico have participated in the Poetry Out Loud state recitation competitions sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and The Poetry Foundation. New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, administers New Mexico’s program.
At the state level, the first-place winner will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. The state champion's school library will receive a $500 stipend toward the purchase of poetry books. The runner-up will receive $100, and $200 for his or her school library. The national competition awards a total of $50,000 in prizes and school stipends at the national finals. The national champion will receive a $20,000 prize.
The presenters (TBD) on 2/24/19 will recite a few of the poems written by New Mexicans that are included in the 900-poem anthology provided by the Poetry Foundation from which students choose their recitation poems. The official 2019 NM Poetry Out Loud State Final poster, illustrated by Deco, contains the names of the 34 New Mexico poets represented in the anthology. Posters, while they last, will be given away at the event on 2/24/19.
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