2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals Return to Eight, Arizona PBS

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce that the 2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals event will return to the downtown Phoenix studios of Eight, Arizona PBS. The event, which will be held in March 2016, will be taped and broadcast to communities throughout the state.

Say the Life in the Poem: Alberto Álvaro Ríos reflects on Poetry Out Loud

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Beyond having his work featured in the Poetry Out Loud anthology, Ríos has contributed to Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud program in a number of ways over the years. He has acted as a host, a judge, and a guest of honor. Recently, Ríos shared his thoughts on the program, its benefits, and the difference between performing a poem and living a poem.

Five Reasons Teachers Love Poetry Out Loud

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The school registration deadline for Arizona Poetry Out Loud is only a month away–October 30, 2015. We understand that teachers and school administrators who are still on the fence about whether to register or not may need a little more encouragement, so today we present five reasons that teachers love Poetry Out Loud.

A Poem That is No Longer a Stranger: Zaskia Villa Reflects on Poetry Out Loud

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“Find a poem that speaks to you. Find a poem that tugs at your soul and makes it easy for you to envision yourself reciting its words to an audience. Spend time choosing a poem that suits you and your interests. Meet the words, know the words, carry them with you and speak them with the intention of making others feel them.”

2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud: School Registration Now Open

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Registration is now open for Arizona Poetry Out Loud 2016. Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Poetry Out Loud State Finals Judge Reflects on Her Years as a Participant

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“I relish the way a pattern of certain consonants comes together or the sounds of assonance and alliteration. It’s a really fun challenge to not only find those moments in the text, but also convey those moments in a way that your audience catches them or is moved by them in a way that isn’t distracting.”

Arizona High School Student Competes at Poetry Out Loud National Finals

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“For me, there is just something magical about getting up in front of a crowd and reciting works of poetry,” says 17 year-old Matthew Kaplan of Phoenix. “This year I treated Poetry Out Loud less as a competition than I had in years past, and I have loved every moment.”

Interview with Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion, Steffi McNerney

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During the week of April 27-29, 2011, 53 high school students came together at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington D. C. to compete for scholarships in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals.We are so proud of Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion, Steffi McNerney, and her performance at the National Finals. We congratulate her on all of her accomplishments with… Read more »