Poetry Out Loud begins new year
Poetry Out Loud 2019-20 has launched its new program year – the 15th year of the program nationally and in Montana. Created and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in partnership with the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud (POL) engages high school students in learning about poetry through the memorized recitations of poets’ works, both contemporary and those from throughout history.
A hallmark of the program is the way in which students find their own voice through the words of poets of significance and take ownership of the recitation as if it were their own.
Relying on the teaching and support of educators and librarians, students first engage with POL within individual classrooms, then schoolwide, and – for some – in regional contests across the state. From each regional event, four to five students will advance to the State Finals, scheduled to take place in Helena on March 7, 2020.
With access to the online anthology of nearly 1,000 poems, and an array of support materials and curricular resources, Montana Poetry Out Loud provides teachers with everything needed to begin a POL program in their school, or to join their fellow colleagues in engaging their students with poetry.
To learn more, contact Monica Grable, MAC’s arts education director and statewide Poetry Out Loud coordinator, at 406-444-6522 or by email at Monica.Grable@mt.gov.
Photo: Emma Krall of Red Lodge High School recites during the 2019 Montana Poetry Out Loud State Finals. (Photo by Czelsi Gómez)