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Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a competition that encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. After successful pilot programs in Washington, D.C. and Chicago, POL was launched in high schools nationwide in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. POL has grown every year with over 365,000 students competing.

Students competing in the District 3 POL program were eligible to compete in the national/anthology portion of the program, the original poetry portion, or both. The Alabama State Council on the Arts sponsored the original poetry competition. Traveling to Montgomery, Ala. in 2017, the winners in both the recitation and original poetry portions will compete in the state-wide competition. Winners in the national/anthology portion will then have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for a final round.

Sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.


2016 District 3 Winners Announced

POL Participants 2016

(pictured above, 2016 POL participants)

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center was alive with the spoken word on Nov. 15, 2016 when 19 West-Central Alabama students shared their talent in the District 3 Poetry Out Loud regional finals. Prior to this final round in Tuscaloosa, the students participated in a primary competition at their respective high schools.

Winners in the Anthology category:

1-Ravan Xandria Mullins, Montevallo HS; Erman Hinton, teacher

2-Jimeria Maxine Smith, Frances Marion School; Tempra Tucker, teacher

3-Danika Louw, Holy Spirit Catholic School; Jonathan Loper, teacher

4-Delaney Elizabeth Porter, Indian Springs School; Jessica Smith, teacher

5-Mariah A. Martin, Tuscaloosa County HS; Jody L. Evans, teacher

 

Winners in the Original Poetry category:

1-Shalese Mi'Nae Williams, Calera HS; Mary Rees, teacher

2-Ravan Xandria Mullins, Montevallo HS; Erma Hinton, teacher

3-Allyssa Anna Gendreau, Tuscaloosa County HS; Jody L. Evans, teacher

4-Anna Wallace Pitts, Holy Spirit Catholic School; Jonathan Loper, teacher

5-Rachel Naomi Moran, Montevallo HS; Erma Hinton, teacher

Judges for the day were John Paul Taylor, Executive Director, Real Life Poets, Inc.; Brian Oilu, The University of Alabama; Maggie Nye Smith, The University of Alabama; Martie Sample, Accuracy Judge; Kevin Ledgewood, Prompter; Paula Demonbraun and Clifton Baker, Scoring. The Region 3 Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud is Sharron Rudowski.

The District 3 participants’ original poetry will be featured in a Slash Pine Press publication to be released in 2017. Slash Pine Press, based at The University of Alabama, produces limited-run chapbooks of poetry and other mixed-genre works, and occasionally hosts off-the-beaten-path reading events, including the Slash Pine Poetry Festival held at the end of April.  Through this program, undergraduate students conceive and execute their own notions of book design, imagine and locate their own spaces for engaged performance, and form and upload their own versions of a relevant internet presence.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council, Bama Theatre or CAC, patrons should LIKE the Facebook page “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” and follow tuscarts on Twitter. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.

 

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For more information regarding participation in Poetry Out Loud contact Sharron Rudowski at education@tuscarts.org or visit arts.alabama.gov.

REGION 3 RESULTS FOR 2015-2016:

Sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.

Participants included Bennett Atkins (Indian Springs HS), Conner Banks (Calera HS), Ashlynn Berry (Indian Springs HS), Alyssa Drawhorn (Montevallo HS), Aiden Farrish (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Danika Louw (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Rachel Moran (Montevallo HS), Johnathan Peoples (Francis Marion HS), Anna Pitts (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Anna Presnall (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Laura Stallo (Calera HS), Emily Tryon (Montevallo HS) and Shalese Williams (Calera HS).

Winners in the Anthology Recitation category are:

1st Place           Anna Presnall (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher
2nd Place         Ashlynn Berry (Indian Springs), Douglas Ray, lead teacher
3rd Place          Shalese Williams (Calera), Mary Rees, lead teacher
4th Place        Emily Tryon (Montevallo), Erma Hinton, lead teacher
5th Place          Danika Louw (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher

Those competitors who will advance to the state competition in Anthology Recitation based on state requirements are:

Anna Presnall (Holy Spirit)
Ashlynn Berry (Indian Springs)
Shalese Williams (Calera)
Emily Tryon (Montevallo)
Johnathan Peoples (Francis Marion), Tempra Tucker, lead teacher

The winners in the Original Poetry Competition who are also advancing to the state competition are:

1st Place           Aiden Farrish (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher
2nd Place         Anna Pitts (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher
3rd Place          Laura Stallo (Calera), Mary Rees, lead teacher
4th Place          Emily Tryon (Montevallo), Erma Hinton, lead teacher
5th Place          Rachel Moran (Montevallo), Erma Hinton, lead teacher

Judges for the day were Juan Carlos Reyes, Prof. of English, The University of Alabama; John Paul Taylor, Exec. Dir., Real Life Poets, Inc.; and Patti White, Prof. of English, The Slash Pine Projects, The University of Alabama. Accuracy Judge was Martie Sample, Tuscaloosa Symphony. Kevin Ledgewood, The Arts Council, served as Prompter and Sharron Rudowski, The Arts Council, serves as Poetry Out Loud Regional Coordinator.

The District 3 participants’ original poetry will be featured in a Slash Pine Press publication to be released in 2016. Slash Pine Press, based at The University of Alabama, produces limited-run chapbooks of poetry and other mixed-genre works, and occasionally hosts off-the-beaten-path reading events, including the Slash Pine Poetry Festival held at the end of April.  Through this program, undergraduate students conceive and execute their own notions of book design, imagine and locate their own spaces for engaged performance, and form and upload their own versions of a relevant internet presence.

 

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Poetry Out Loud is a program made possible by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.