Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national contest that begins at the school level.  Contestants memorize one poem 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, December 3
  • School Contest Tuesday, January 4 @ Lunch, Schottenstein Theater
  • School Champ chooses 2nd poem by Monday, January 10
  • School Champion Workshop Thursday, January 17, 4-7 p.m. @ Wild Goose Creative, 188 McDowell Street. Cols 43215
  • Regional Contest: Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, 6:00-8:00 p.m., @ Wild Goose Creative, 188 McDowell Street. Cols 43215 
  • State Finals: Friday, March 4, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Location TBA
  • National Finals:  TBA, Virtual
Prizes at the National level are
  • First Place = $20,000
  • Second Place = $10,000
  • Third Place = $5,000
  • 4-9 earn = $1,000  

"Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden, recited by National Champian Youseff Biaz