Novato High to Host Poetry Out Loud Competition

Students can memorize a poem, recite it at the event and advance to the county, state and national level.

Calling all student poets and performers at Novato High School: Poetry Out Loud is a local, county and national poetry contest program that is coming to school in early February.

Participants are to memorize two poems chosen from the Poetry Out Loud website. One poem must be shorter than 25 lines and the other must be a pre-20th century poem. To choose poems, click here.

The winner of this competition goes on to the county competition, and the winner of that advances to the state event. The state finalists advance to finals in Washington D.C. in May with all expenses paid. The national champion wins $20,000.

Two introductory and recitation coaching sessions will be held in January prior to the school-wide contest on the Novato High campus in early February. The first meeting is 2:45-4:15 p.m. Jan. 24 in the NHS library. Local poet and Poetry Out Loud coordinator Terri Glass will introduce the  program and coach students in memorization and recitation. The second meeting is 2:45-4:15 p.m. Jan. 31 in the NHS library.  

Participants must be available for the countycCompetition, set for  Saturday Feb 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mill Valley Public Library. 
Check out the website for information and to view performances of previous state and national winners.

If you are interested in attending the introductory meeting, you must RSVP to Kirsten Neff (Kirsten@Neff.Org) or speak to Ms. Sommer on the NHS campus before Sunday, Jan. 13.

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