Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to the 2022 California Poetry Out Loud Champion!

We are proud to announce that our very own Calliope Klemme (they/them), also known as Sophia Callie, placed 3rd place in the state competition! Congratulations to Callie and their teacher Timothy Barnes! Callie is a senior at Clear Lake High School in Lakeport. They recited three poems for the state competition: Flowers by Cynthia Zarin, Hanging Fire by Audre Lorde, and The Hospital Window by James L. Dickey. As far as we know, this is the first time Lake County has placed in the state Poetry Out Loud competition since our local program began in 2007! ⭐️

Read about the state finals here: https://arts.ca.gov/press-release/mia-ronn-of-los-angeles-county-is-the-2022-california-poetry-out-loud-state-champion/

Congratulations to our 2022 Lake County Poetry Out Loud Winners!

Sophia (Callie) Klemme of Clear Lake High School is our county champion! She will move on to represent Lake County in the California State Poetry Out Loud Competition with a chance to move on to Nationals!

Alexander Fordham from Kelseyville High School placed 2nd!

Lara Patterson from Middletown High School placed 3rd!

Maria Sanchez from Upper Lake High School was our runner up!

Congratulations students! You all did amazing! Special thanks to all of the incredible teachers who made this happen.

Did you miss the 2022 Lake County Virtual County Competition? View it on the Soper-Reese Theatre‘s YouTube page! The Soper Reese Theatre hosts our competition every year. This year due to COVID, we held the competition online but our county winner still had the chance to record her State submission at the theatre. Congratulations again to Sophia Callie Klemme, our 2022 County Champion! She submitted her performance videos for the the California State Competition this week and the winner will be announced on March 11th!

A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud™ is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country.

Since the program began in 2005, more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations across the nation have participated in Poetry Out Loud. Through Poetry Out Loud, students read, memorize, and recite classic and contemporary poems.

The program starts in the classroom/school or at the local level with an area organization. Winners then may advance to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the national finals. Awards and placements are determined solely by the judges’ scores based on the Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Criteria.

Poetry Out Loud not only introduces students to a wide range of poems, but results in poetry becoming a deeply ingrained part of these young people’s lives, helping them understand the true power and weight that words can hold.

Poetry Out Loud can also help students improve writing and analytical skills, master public speaking, and build self-confidence—all critical skills for young people to develop.

This year we have three schools participating: Middletown High School, Upper Lake High School, and Kelseyville High School’s Poetry Club. Local poets Pamela Bordisso, Brenda Yeager, Jessyca Lytle, and Gary Maes will judge this year’s county competition.