Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national contest that begins at the school level.  Contestants memorize two poems for the BHS competition, which will take place in December during lunch in the Cassingham Theater.  Participants are judged on six criteria: Physical Presence, Voice & Articulation, Dramatic Appropriateness, Evidence of Understanding, Overall Performance, and Accuracy.  All the rules and the poems can be found at www.poetryoutloud.org. If you're interested in participating, please see Mr. Nolan in the library.

Important Dates:

  • Choose 1st poem by Friday, October 11.
  • Choose 2nd poem by Friday, November 8.
  • School Contest: Thursday, Dec. 5 @ Lunch, Schottenstein Theater
  • Regional Contest: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, 6:30-8:30 p.m., King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave., Cols. OH
  • State Finals: Friday, March 6, 2020, 6:00 p.m., King Arts Complex, 867 Mount Vernon Ave., Cols. OH
  • National Finals:  Washington, DC, April 27-29, 2020
Prizes at the National level are
  • First Place = $20,000
  • Second Place = $10,000
  • Third Place = $5,000
  • 4-9 earn = $1,000 
All State Champs receive an all-expenses paid trip to D.C. for themselves and a chaperone.
"Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden, recited by National Champian Youseff Biaz