Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and
This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self confidence, and
learn about literary history and contemporary life.
Since 2005, Poetry Out loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000
teachers from 10,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto
Poetry Out Loud is a partnership among the national Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry
Foundation and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies of the United States.
The national Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and
support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations,
and develop their creative capacities.
The poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry Magazine, is an independent literary organization
committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate
the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.
Representatives from the Lake County Arts Council have begun to recruit participants
for the 2018-2019 Poetry Out Loud competition as of the beginning of November. Updates on our progress will be forthcoming. Teachers and
students that wish to be involved can contact Barbara Clark, firstname.lastname@example.org or Richard
Schmidt at email@example.com.
January 27th, 2019
The county finals results are in. First place winner and going to the state competition in Sacramento is Oscar Quilala a senior from Clearlake high School in Lakeport. Oscar did an excellent job in his recitations of two poems. “The Paradox” by Paul Laurence Dunbar and “The Owl” by Edward Thomas were his choices. Emily Maccario came in second with her offers of “Darker Sooner” by Catherine Wing and “What horror to Awake At Night” by Lorine Niedecker. Final Runner up was Grace Matthies with outstanding renditions of “300 Goats” by Naomi Shihab Nye and “The Donkey” by G. K. Chesterton. The top three competitors recitals were intermingled with recitations from runners up from Middletown High School and Clearlake High School school runners up.