Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud


Poetry Out Loud was piloted ten years ago when National Endowment for the Arts chair, Dana Giola, partnered with the Poetry Foundation to design a program that would bring the love of poetry as it was meant to be, in oral form, back into the lives and curriculum of high school students across the nation.

HLA has worked with POL with Dr. Rose Norman coordinating the first Region Five competition. This year's coordinator was Anna Lowe Weber ably assisted by Cindi Brasher and Lyndsey Torok of the UAH English Department. HLA members who gave their time to support Region Five include: Dr. Leslie Collins, judge for original poetry, Margaret Vann and Erin Reed, judges for the Anthology, Carol Ashburn Roach, prompter, Dr. Jeff Nelson, medal presenter, Evie Spearman, who presented the two first place winners with $100 checks from HLA, and Ginny Kennedy, Afternoon Emcee.

Winners of the original poetry competition go to the state contest held at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery as do the winners of the anthology competition. However, the national contest in Washington, D. C. involves only the anthology competition.

Winners of this year's contest in original poetry are 1st place: Mekiah Hall, New Century Technology High School; 2nd place: Jessica Russ, James Clemens High School; 3rd place: Aliayah Coleman, Austin High School; and 4th place: Maggie Stewart, Good Hope High School.

Anthology winners are 1st place: Maggie Stewart, Good Hope High School; 2nd place: Kayla Carden, Bob Jones High School; 3rd place: Macary Humphrey, Austin High School; and 4th place: Mekiah Hall, New Century High School.


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