April 3, 2017
Arizona PBS will air highlights from the 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud competition, in which high school students from across the state compete in a national poetry recitation contest.
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. The Arizona state finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition, which was hosted by Arizona PBS in March, combines slam poetry, spoken word and theater in the English class, encouraging young people to experience poetry by studying, memorizing and performing some of the most influential and timeless poems of the English language. Highlights from the competition will air in a half-hour special Friday, April 7, at 9:30 p.m.
“Each year, I’m amazed at the talent and poise these high school students bring to the competition. The type of poems they choose and recite is a testament to their personalities and how the language speaks to each of them differently,” Arizona PBS producer Suzanne Gerry said. “We are lucky to have such a robust poetry program in Arizona.”
The broadcast of Arizona Poetry Out Loud 2017 is an Arizona PBS original production made possible by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency by the state of Arizona.
“We are proud to partner with the National Endowment for the Arts to offer this program in high schools throughout Arizona, providing a rare opportunity for students to practice public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and connect with their literary heritage in a profound and meaningful way,” said Steve Wilcox, communications director of Arizona Commission on the Arts. “We congratulate all the students who participated.”
The winner of the competition will represent Arizona in the regional Poetry Out Loud semifinals for the upper northwest and western regions of the country. The winners of the semifinal will advance to the national finals competition in Washington, D.C., in May.
The 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud finalists are:
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