Sunday, January 6, 2019

Amador Poetry Out Loud Finals - Mon Feb 4

Students from throughout Amador County are currently working on poetry memorization, recitation, and performance in order to compete in the 2019 Poetry Out Loud local finals on Monday, February 4. Workshops in high school classrooms given by local experts, including Amador’s Poet Laureate Kat Everitt, are available for participating students. Once the County winner is selected, he/she, along with parent/guardian, will be treated to an unforgettable two days at the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento on March 10-11, 2019.

Last year’s County winner was Hailey Dacier, and the prior winner was Conor Broderick. Both represented Amador High School.

Hailey Dacier

Conor Broderick
The public is invited to attend the competition to be held this year starting at 6:00 pm in the Jackson Library. Although the event is free, you are asked to register in advance due to space limitation at the library. Go to signup and your name will be at Will Call the day of the event.

This is the third year that Amador County has participated in Poetry Out Loud, organized by AmadorArts because of its importance in Arts Education. Like nearly all California Counties, Amador is receiving funding from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts to facilitate the program.

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is an extraordinary opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and win prizes. POL is a free program in which students learn through poetry memorization and recitation. It helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and better understand literary history and contemporary life.

Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom level. Locally, that is through the English Depts. at Amador, Argonaut, and Independence High Schools and through the Drama Depts. at Argonaut and Amador High Schools. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, county-wide competition, then to one at the state level. If a student becomes the California State Champion, then he/she moves to the National Finals in Washington D.C. 

Meghan O’Keefe of AmadorArts thanks the involvement of administrators and teachers at the three high schools for continuing this valued program. The AmadorArts phone is 209-256-8166 or

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