Students from throughout Amador County are currently working on poetry memorization, recitation, and performance in order to compete in the 2020 Poetry Out Loud (POL) local finals on Saturday, February 1. Workshops in high school classrooms given by local experts, including Amador’s Poet Laureate Kat Everitt, are being made 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 15-16, 2020.
The public is invited to attend the February 1st competition to be held this year starting at 4:00 pm in the Amador Arts Center, 617 South Hwy 49 Jackson,. Although the event is free, you are asked to register in advance due to space limitation.
Call 256-8166 or email email@example.com Besides the competition, also featured will be other youth poetry readers and writers, and some surprises.
This is the fourth year that Amador County has participated in Poetry Out Loud, organized by because of its importance in Arts Education. Last year’s County winner was Noah Bunting, and the prior winners were Hailey in 2018, and Broderick, 2017. All have been from Amador High School.
Poetry Out Loud 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.
The Amador Arts Center, is in the back left corner of the Mother Lode Plaza next to the banquet room of The Highway House. Plenty of free parking, and the site is handicapped accessible. Like nearly all California Counties, Amador is receiving funding from the California Arts Council, the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts to facilitate the program.
A revealing quote about Poetry Out Loud was from Evan Reynolds, the 2019 Connecticut Champion, who said, “I learned that what you say in life matters not nearly as much as how you say it. The same words can have a hundred different meanings! It also taught me to try new things; I have never been one to act or study poetry, yet here I am competing at the National Finals.”