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WORDS ON FIRE: A Poetry & Performance Festival

Poetry Out Loud 2013 DC Finalist N. Dary

March 2022

Words on Fire is a two-day festival that includes DC’s Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry slam, and a written poetry contest

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national competition that seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry - recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of the oral art form of poetry, as seen in the slam poetry and spoken word movements. The program invites these dynamic aspects into the classroom, where teachers engage students through classroom memorization, performances and competition.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) to support Poetry Out Loud, a FREE high school program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $100,000 in awards.

The CAH Student Poetry Slam and Written Poetry Contest will present original work by DC’s high school students. Winners for both competitions will be announced at the Words on Fire festival.

For more information, please contact Alorie Clark at [email protected] or (202) 671-2304.

Top image: DC POL 2013 finalist, Nathalie Dary from Archbishop Carroll High School.