The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies of the United States to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.
"High school students participate in classroom and school-wide competitions before the winners advance to regional competitions. The Region 3 competition is held at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. Students reaching this stage will have their original poetry published in a chapbook produced by Slash Pine Press. The competition is open to the public at no charge."
Poetry Out Loud is facilitated in Alabama by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and regional coordinators which for region 3 is The Arts Council.
To find out how to get involved in Poetry Out Loud contact Sharron Rudowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit arts.alabama.gov.
REGION 3 PROGRAM CALENDAR 2013-2014
Intensive Coaching for Regional Winners TBA by Region: December/January
Finding Your Voice Workshop: October 21, 2013
Finding Your Voice Region 3 Competition: November 21, 2013
Intensive Workshop: January 27, 2014
State Finals: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Montgomery, AL: February 17, 2014
National Finals - Washington, D.C.: 2014 TBA