FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2019
Julianne Gadoury, N.H. State Council on the Arts
NOTE TO EDITORS: PPhotos from 2019 NH Poetry Out Loud are available upon request.
Poetry Out Loud registration open for schools, school groups
“He lives to learn,” wrote John Greenleaf Whittier in his poem “In School-days,” one of thousands of classic poems students may choose to learn as part of the 2020 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program.
The N.H. State Council on the Arts, which facilitates the program in New Hampshire, has opened registration for this year’s competition to time with the start of the new school year. There are only 45 spots for high schools and high school groups available for the 2020 round, which will mark the program’s fifteenth year.
As many as 10,000 New Hampshire students are expected to participate, starting at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to school competitions, which are followed by in-state regionals and the state championship in March. The state winner will advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C.
While there is a competitive element to Poetry Out Loud, the program’s major goal is to help participants learn about great poets, poetry and literary history as they sharpen their presentation and public speaking skills. Students involved in the program say that it is an experience that has long-lasting, positive impact on their lives.
There is no cost to students or schools to participate in Poetry Out Loud, which is organized on the national level by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
To learn more about 2020 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud, including how high schools and school groups can register, visit nh.gov/nharts. For additional information, contact Julianne Gadoury, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at 603-271-0791, firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud supporters include the New Hampshire Learning Initiative and the Putnam Foundation – a donor-advised fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation. Other partners include Brightspot Consultants, New Hampshire Public Radio, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Writers Project, Slam Free or Die, the Frost Place and Granite State Ambassadors.
The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts is a division of the New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It began in 1965 with legislation designed “to insure that the role of the arts in the life of our communities will continue to grow and play an ever more significant part in the education and welfare of our citizens.” Funding for programs is provided through state appropriations, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Conservation License Plate fund. Learn more about the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts at nh.gov/nharts.