2020-02-13: NH’s Poetry Out Loud semi-finals begin Feb. 202020-02-13T13:22:00-04:00

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2020

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
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Julianne Gadoury, N.H. State Council on the Arts

NH’s Poetry Out Loud semi-finals begin Feb. 20

In a sure sign that winter is coming to a close and the promise of spring is around the corner, the N.H. State Council on the Arts has announced this year’s schedule for the state’s four Poetry Out Loud semi-final competitions.

High school champions from 40 schools and school groups will convene to compete for the opportunity to advance to the state championship, scheduled to take place at Representatives Hall in the State House in Concord on March 13.

More than 9,000 students participated in the New Hampshire’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud program this year, which starts at the classroom level and advances to school-wide competitions prior to the regional semi-finals and state finals. The state champion will then advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

Now in its fifteenth year, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that utilizes the study of great poetry to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about both literary history and contemporary life. Students involved in the program say that it is an experience that has long-lasting, positive impact on their lives.

The dates, times and locations for the 2020 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud semi-finals are:

  • Rochester Opera House; Thursday, February 20, 6 p.m.
  • Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Meredith; Monday, March 2, 6 p.m.
  • New England College, Henniker; Wednesday, March 4, 6 p.m.
  • Currier Museum of Art, Manchester; Thursday, March 5, 6 p.m.

Snow dates for each semi-final are posted at nh.gov/nharts.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In New Hampshire it is led by the N.H. State Council on the Arts.

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.

To learn more about 2020 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud, visit nh.gov/nharts.

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.