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Poetry Out Loud

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with state arts agencies of the United States to support Poetry Out Loud, which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.

Alabama Poetry out Loud District Map"High school students participate in classroom and school-wide competitions before the winners advance to regional competitions. The Region 3 competition is held at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. Students reaching this stage will have their original poetry published in a chapbook produced by Slash Pine Press. The competition is open to the public at no charge."

Poetry Out Loud is facilitated in Alabama by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and regional coordinators which for region 3 is The Arts Council.







For more information regarding participation in Poetry Out Loud contact Sharron Rudowski at education@tuscarts.org or visit arts.alabama.gov.


Sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Alabama State Council on the Arts and The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.

Participants included Bennett Atkins (Indian Springs HS), Conner Banks (Calera HS), Ashlynn Berry (Indian Springs HS), Alyssa Drawhorn (Montevallo HS), Aiden Farrish (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Danika Louw (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Rachel Moran (Montevallo HS), Johnathan Peoples (Francis Marion HS), Anna Pitts (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Anna Presnall (Holy Spirit Catholic HS), Laura Stallo (Calera HS), Emily Tryon (Montevallo HS) and Shalese Williams (Calera HS).

Winners in the Anthology Recitation category are:

1st Place           Anna Presnall (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher
2nd Place         Ashlynn Berry (Indian Springs), Douglas Ray, lead teacher
3rd Place          Shalese Williams (Calera), Mary Rees, lead teacher
4th Place        Emily Tryon (Montevallo), Erma Hinton, lead teacher
5th Place          Danika Louw (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher

Those competitors who will advance to the state competition in Anthology Recitation based on state requirements are:

Anna Presnall (Holy Spirit)
Ashlynn Berry (Indian Springs)
Shalese Williams (Calera)
Emily Tryon (Montevallo)
Johnathan Peoples (Francis Marion), Tempra Tucker, lead teacher

The winners in the Original Poetry Competition who are also advancing to the state competition are:

1st Place           Aiden Farrish (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher
2nd Place         Anna Pitts (Holy Spirit), Jonathan Loper, lead teacher
3rd Place          Laura Stallo (Calera), Mary Rees, lead teacher
4th Place          Emily Tryon (Montevallo), Erma Hinton, lead teacher
5th Place          Rachel Moran (Montevallo), Erma Hinton, lead teacher

Judges for the day were Juan Carlos Reyes, Prof. of English, The University of Alabama; John Paul Taylor, Exec. Dir., Real Life Poets, Inc.; and Patti White, Prof. of English, The Slash Pine Projects, The University of Alabama. Accuracy Judge was Martie Sample, Tuscaloosa Symphony. Kevin Ledgewood, The Arts Council, served as Prompter and Sharron Rudowski, The Arts Council, serves as Poetry Out Loud Regional Coordinator.

The District 3 participants’ original poetry will be featured in a Slash Pine Press publication to be released in 2016. Slash Pine Press, based at The University of Alabama, produces limited-run chapbooks of poetry and other mixed-genre works, and occasionally hosts off-the-beaten-path reading events, including the Slash Pine Poetry Festival held at the end of April.  Through this program, undergraduate students conceive and execute their own notions of book design, imagine and locate their own spaces for engaged performance, and form and upload their own versions of a relevant internet presence.


Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a program made possible by a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.