Poetry Out Loud registration open for NH schools

Registration is open for New Hampshire high schools wishing to participate in the New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud competition.

This will be the program’s 11th year in New Hampshire and nationally.

Poetry Out Loud, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Competitors memorize and recite poems from hundreds identified by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation that represent the breadth of great poetry. Participants are judged on the quality of their presentation, accuracy in reciting the poem and its difficulty.

About 10,000 students from 37 New Hampshire high schools participated in the 2015 program.

New Hampshire’s classroom champions compete to represent their high school at four regional semifinal competitions; semifinal winners then participate in the state championship in March. The state champion will travel to Washington, D.C., for the national finals, where more than $50,000 in college scholarships and prizes are awarded to the top finishers.

New Hampshire’s Poetry Out Loud program is managed by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts with the support of the Putnam Foundation, a donor-advised fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the New Hampshire Writers Project. Other partners include Opus Advisors, the Poetry Society of New Hampshire, the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Frost Place.

Registration will be open to up to 40 New Hampshire high schools. Home-schooled students are also welcome to join through their local school or by creating a regional group.

The deadline to register is Sunday, Nov. 1. To register or for more information, visit nh.gov/nharts and click on the "Poetry Out Loud" button.

New Hampshire educators interested in having their school participate in Poetry Out Loud and who would like more information should contact Catherine O’Brian at 271-2789 or catherine.r.obrian@dcr.nh.gov.