On Thursday, February 6, 2020, more than 12 students from our county will participate in the Poetry Out Loud contest at Bookshop Santa Cruz. The winner of this competition will advance to the California Poetry Out Loud contest. The California champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud national finals on April 28-29, 2020 in Washington, DC, where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. The contest will be judged by:
Danusha Laméris, Poet Laureate Santa Cruz County
Armando Alcaraz, Singer, Songwriter and Mindfulness Educator
Julia Chiapella, Director Young Writers Program
Nancy Gomez, Santa Cruz Poetry Project
Billy Butler, Writer and Educator
This event will also feature Faris Sabbah, Superintendent Santa Cruz County Schools.
Poetry Out Loud, presented in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry— both classic and contemporary—through memorization, performance, and competition. Since the program began in 2005, more than 3.8 million students and 60,000 teachers from 16,000 schools across the country have participated in Poetry Out Loud.
Attendance is free and open to the public, although seating is limited. For further information, call Audrey Sirota, 831-466-5827 or firstname.lastname@example.org