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The Power of Words: NEA's 5th Poetry Out Loud Competition

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A record 15 District of Columbia Schools are taking the stage for a chance to represent DC in the Poetry Out Loud Finals, presented by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) on Monday, March 8th at The Gala Hispanic Theatre. DCCAH Executive Director, Gloria Nauden said, “Literary arts is not always a popular subject in school, but Poetry Out Loud creates excitement and competition amongst the students and creates the desire to learn. This invaluable program rounds out their education and prepares them for future endeavors.” 

Hosted by national hip hop artist Tabi Bonney, the District presents the greatest number of participating schools in the history of Poetry Out Loud. “I am extremely excited to take part in this year's Poetry Out Loud event! It's inspiring to see young creative people who are the dreamers and creators of the future,” said Tabi Bonney. “We will live in their world!”  This year promises to not only showcase the talent of the students, but brings performances by DC based poets who have made their mark internationally: Def Poetry Jam’s, the Poem-Cees and Latina poet, Elizabeth Acevedo. 

Poetry Out Loud, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is a contest that takes place in high schools nationwide.  It encourages students to memorize and recite poetry with emotion and flair while mastering public speaking skills and building self-confidence. What makes the competition exciting are the student's interpretation of the poem and their theatrical performance. Students are evaluated by judges who have expertise in the literary arts on physical presence, articulation, dramatization, level of difficulty, understanding and accuracy. The selected District competitor will have mastered these skills and be ready to face off nationally April 26 and 27 at The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium. 

When: Monday, March 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Where: GALA Theater Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

Poetry Out Loud Competing Schools: 
Banneker High School, Columbia Heights Education Campus, Ideal Public Charter School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Friendship Collegiate Academy, Hyde Leadership Public Charter School, Seed Public Charter School, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, Washington Latin Public Charter School, DCPS Youth Services Center, Young America Works Public Charter School, Ballou Senior High School, Theodore Roosevelt High School, Caesar Chavez Public Charter School and National Collegiate Preparatory School.

RSVP/Event information: Ebony Blanks (202) 724-5613