An annual element of our Arts in Education programming is Poetry Out Loud. The Perry County Council of the Arts has administered a regional level competition of Poetry Out Loud since 2008. Open to all high school students in Perry, Juniata, Mifflin, Montour, Snyder, Union and Northumberland counties, Poetry Out Loud is a national memorization and recitation contest administered nationally by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER
2023 Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition
Now Held on
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00am
Landis House, 67 N. 4th Street, Newport PA, 17074
William G. Davies, Jr.
Local poet William G. Davies, Jr. was published by Prolific Press in 2015. “Before There Were Bones” is a slim volume of curiosity and whimsical panache. He is preparing a manuscript of religious verse. The poet has been the recipient of several Perry County Poet Laureate designations. He prizes his marriage of forty-eight years to his wife, Theresa. Together, they have four children and seven grandchildren.
Louie Land teaches creative writing, English, and film at Susquehanna University. His work has appeared in Solum Journal, FRiGG, Heron Tree, and elsewhere. He earned his MFA in fiction at the University of Idaho. He is at work on a novel and a book of poems. An active blues-jazz guitarist, he released his first album, Afterglow, in 2019.
Jessica Nirvana Ram is an Indo-Guyanese poet and essayist. She is the 2022-23 Stadler Fellow in Literary Arts Administration. Jessica earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and her BA from SusquehaJessinna University. Her work appears in Hayden’s Ferry Review, No Contact Mag, HAD, among others. Her chapbook in the aftermath is forthcoming with Porkbelly Press.
Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom level, with winners advancing to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Each winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip with an adult chaperone to Washington to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The first runner-up in each state receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. A total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends is awarded annually at the National Finals.
Judges for the state and regional finals include performers, poets and cultural and business leaders from across the state. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) sponsors the statewide competition along with its regional partners and arts organizations.
Poetry Out Loud is part of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA)’s ongoing efforts to foster educational excellence for Pennsylvania’s students through participation in the creative process.
Visit the Poetry Out Loud website for more details: www.poetryoutloud.org.