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Poetry Out Loud

POETRY CONTEST: Poetry Out Loud is a recitation program and competition that urges the teaching of poetry as an oral art form in high schools. Schools that participate in Poetry Out Loud enter students into a preliminary round, from which the state finalists are chosen. SDPB SD Poetry Out Loud Photo Archive

Poetry Out Loud was created in partnership by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, with the collaboration of State Arts Agencies. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

In South Dakota, POL is a program administered by the South Dakota Arts Council, an office of the state Department of Tourism, in partnership with Arts South Dakota and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

Program Materials

Contact Rebecca Cruse, Assistant Director South Dakota Arts Council, at (605)773-3301 or sdac@state.sd.us if you would like to participate or learn more about this contest.

Recording Form 2019 (Word)

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Poetry Out Loud curriculum materials include the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teacher's guide, video of the National Finals performances, lesson plans, and promotional and media guides. Hard copies of materials are free for teachers participating in the official program.

While teachers, students, and poetry lovers everywhere can use this website and its free materials to organize their own contests, the official contest is limited to the programs run by each state's arts agency. If you are interested in participating in the official program, please contact your state arts agency.

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2018-19 SD State Poetry Out Loud Finals

The 2018-19 South Dakota Poetry Out Loud State Finals at Edison Middle School in Sioux Falls

2018-2019 Results: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO PERFORM AT POETRY CONTEST

Nine South Dakota high school students shared their talents and the work of great poets while competing for the state title at the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest on Monday, March 18, in Sioux Falls.

Poetry Out Loud, a national arts education program, starts in the classroom and encourages the study of poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. South Dakota’s program is administered by the South Dakota Arts Council with help from Arts South Dakota and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

The state finalists were selected from a preliminary, video round. The finalists selected include: Julia Schubert, Brookings High School; Elle Thompson, Flandreau High School; Shaina Determan, Hanson High School; Gage Gramlick, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School; Kymberlea Braun, Rosholt High School; Elise Heesch, Sisseton High School; Annika Holdhusen, Vermillion High School; Reanna Rohrer, Sioux Falls Washington High School; and Nancy Flaherty, Watertown High School.

Three students also shared their original poetry as part of a separate competition held in conjunction with Poetry Out Loud. Anna Bottesini, Vermillion High School; Natalie Kaufman, Vermillion High School; and Jada Anderson, Watertown High School, are each being recognized for their poetry.

Poetry Out Loud was created in partnership by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation with the collaboration of state arts agencies. It is intended to foster the next generation of literary readers by building on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

The South Dakota Arts Council, an office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, is a state agency serving South Dakotans and their communities through the arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of the Office of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.