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Maryland State Arts Council announces Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition

Maryland State Arts Council announces Maryland Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition

At the Maryland Poetry Out Loud (POL) state final, eight students selected from 15,000 will compete to represent Maryland at the national POL competition

March 01, 2012Press Release

At the Maryland Poetry Out Loud (POL) state final, eight students selected from 15,000 will compete to represent Maryland at the national POL competition. Students will perform three poems before a panel of judges that will award the highest-scorer $200 and a trip to Washington, D.C. for the national final in May. The POL program, which encourages high school students to learn poetry through memorization and recitation, is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation.

WHEN:          1:00pm – 2:30pm, Saturday, March 3, 2012
WHERE:       The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Auditorim, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21
WHO:            

  •  Eight Maryland high school students from Talbot, Wicomico, Montgomery, Howard, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Washington counties performing selected poems
  • Host: Aaron Henkin of WYPRMusical Guest: ellen cherry, emmy-nominated singer/songwriter   
  • A judging panel of distinguished poets Truth Thomas, Edgar Silex, Gayle Danley, and Mary Jo Salter

WHY:            Poetry Out Loud helps students master public speaking skills and build self-confidence. In Maryland, Poetry Out Loud reaches 15,227 public school students, grades 9-12