Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Poetry Out Loud returns to Lake County

Logo, 'Poetry Out Loud'

Michele Krueger, the Lake County coordinator for California Poets in the Schools; and Sandra Wade, a former Lake County Poet Laureate; are facilitating school contests for the Poetry Out Loud national recitation contest. Students at Lower Lake High School, Middletown High School, and Clear Lake High School are participating.

The competition, presented in partnership with the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Winners from all three high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud county contest, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at the Soper-Reese theater in Lakeport. The winner of this competition will advance to the State Poetry Out Loud contest. The California champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 28-29 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded.

From the Winter 2009 ArtNotes,
quarterly members’ newsletter of the Lake County Arts Council

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