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Rhythm in Literature: NEA'S 6th Poetry Out Loud Competition

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Washington DC, February, 25, 2011—Thirteen District of Columbia Schools are taking the stage for a chance to represent DC in the National Poetry Out Loud Finals, presented by The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) on Monday, March 21 at the Studio Theatre.

This year promises to not only showcase the talent of the students, but brings performances by DC based performers that have made their mark: Elizabeth Acevedo, Luke Spring, and Brandon Hill. These artists will present a fusion various art forms to accentuate Rhythm in Literature.

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 28th and 29th at Lincoln Theatre.

Monday, March 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm
The Studio Theatre,
1501 14 Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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

Poetry Out Loud Competing Schools
Banneker High School, Columbia Heights Education Campus, St. Anselm’s Abbey School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Friendship Collegiate Academy, Hyde Leadership Public Charter School, Seed Public Charter School, The Maret School, Washington Latin Public Charter School, , Ballou Senior High School, Calvin Coolidge Senior High School and Caesar Chavez Public Charter School.

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