POETRY OUT LOUD COMPETITION

 2016 Hawaii State Champion and Third Place National Finalist, Nicholas Amador

2016 Hawaii State Champion and Third Place National Finalist, Nicholas Amador

For the past twelve years, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts and Honolulu Theatre for Youth to offer Poetry Out Loud, a nationwide poetry recitation contest. Poetry Out Loud encourages young people to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, helping participants to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with free curriculum materials – a teacher’s guide and website, all designed to meet national standards – to augment their regular curriculum with poetry recitation and competition. School-level recitation champions advance to the state and national levels.

If you are interested in further information, please visit the website for Hawaii’s Poetry Out Loud contest or contact Kasey Lindley at Honolulu Theatre for Youth by phone at 839-9885 x 704 or by e-mail at edadmin@htyweb.org. To guarantee a space for your school, we ask that you contact us as soon as possible and no later than December 16th, 2016. State finals will be held at Tenney Theatre in downtown Honolulu, Sunday, February 12, 2017.