Casey Goggin of Pinecrest High School in Moore County was the 2013 state finals winner and represented N.C. at the national finals in Washington, D.C.

Langston Ward, a high school senior from Spokane, Washington, won the 2013 Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. With his achievement, Ward also received a $20,000 award and his high school received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into high school classrooms. Through the program, students can master public speaking skills, increase reading comprehension scores, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. In six years, Poetry Out Loud has inspired thousands of high school students to discover and develop deep, personal relationships with great classic and contemporary poetry.

The N.C. Arts Council, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the Greensboro Public Library, invites N.C. students to participate in the program to gain a deeper appreciation of great poetry through memorization and recitation.

The program starts in the classroom, broadens to the state level and culminates at the national finals in Washington, D.C.

While teachers, students and poetry lovers everywhere can use the NEA’s Poetry Out Loud website www.poetryoutloud.org and free materials to organize their own contests, the official contest is limited to the programs run by each state’s arts agency. If you are a teacher interested in participating in the official N.C. program, contact Steve Sumerford at ssumerford@triad.rr.com.

Helpful Links

Forms

Further information, including poems eligible for the competition, tips for teachers and students, press releases for coordinators, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found at www.poetryoutloud.org.

Poetry Out Loud inquiries: Contact Steve Sumerford, NC Poetry Out Loud Coordinator, at (336) 317-3229 or by email at ssumerford@triad.rr.com.

Media inquiries: Contact Rebecca Moore, Senior Program Director for Marketing, at (919) 807-6530 or by email.


In Collaboration With:

The National Endowment for the Arts

The Poetry Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is honored to provide travel support for regional and state finals of Poetry Out Loud in partnership with the National endowment for the Arts.