The annual program brings high school students from across the County to the stage for a competitive performance that combines the spoken word and theater. Following preparation and qualifying competitions in the high schools, school champions will compete in the Placer County Finals competition presented by PlacerArts.

The Placer County competition, presented by PlacerArts, is scheduled for Sunday January 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. The event will be held in Room D-12 in the Sierra College Music Building in Rocklin.

The recitation competition is an extraordinary educational opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and compete. The PlacerArts Poetry Out Loud program leads local students in learning and understanding renowned older and modern poetry that are a part of the national POL program. Students will present two pieces they have chosen from the approved POL anthology after working with both their high school teacher and the PlacerArts POL Coordinator/Coach to prepare.

Guest judges for the Poetry Out Loud County Finals are teachers, writers, and literary artists.

The Placer County winner will go on to the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento March 12-13, 2017, sponsored by the California Arts Council. At the state level, one winner will be selected to represent California in the national competition in Washington D.C. April 24-26, 2017.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation support this innovative program which encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. POL incorporates the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English and drama class to help students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about great poetry in literature.

Click here for more detailed information about California Arts Council’s Poetry Out Loud program.