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Poetry Out Loud is a national program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. The competition begins in Maine’s schools where school champions are selected to compete in two regional finals at which ten students are ultimately selected to appear at the state final. One student moves on from the state final to represent Maine at the national finals in Washington D.C., where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.
Poetry Out Loud 2013 // Key Dates
The winner of the 2013 Maine State Poetry Out Loud Final will be decided after three rounds of competition. It began at the classroom level, then the regional finals and ultimately at the State Final in Bangor.
The 2013 Regional Finals took place in Ellsworth and Biddeford; the state final will be in Bangor.
Maine State Final
The State Final is at the Gracie Theatre in Bangor on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. This event is free to attend and doors will open at 3:30 pm. We will be recording this final with MPBN for future airings on television. Click this link for details.
The ten state finalists are:Christian E. Heath, Gardiner Area High SchoolJai Aslam, Messalonskee High SchoolAbigail Abbott, Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolBrianna Housman, Searsport District High SchoolBethanie Brown, Waterville Senior High SchoolIman Omar, Deering High SchoolSkyler Samuelson, Merriconeag Waldorf SchoolMorgan Wiggan, Thornton AcademyDyer Rhoads, Waynflete SchoolIsabelle Fall, Mt.Aratat High School
Poetry Out Loud National Finals Monday, April 29, 2013
Poetry Out Loud National Finals (continued) Tuesday, April 30, 2013