Poetry Out Loud Contest 2014

Hannah Brewer is Poetry Out Loud Finalist
Posted on 03/28/2014

Poetry Out Loud

Hannah Brewer, a Pender High School student, was a top nine finalists in the Poetry Out Loud annual recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and coordinated by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.

The winner at the state level receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national championship, which will be held April 29-30, 2014. The North Carolina champion will compete for a $20,000 college scholarship. The state winner’s school receives a $500 stipend to be used for purchasing poetry books. The runner-up at the state level receives $100, with his or her school receiving a $200 stipend for buying poetry books. All students participating in the semi-finals receive free memberships to the N.C. Writers’ Network and the N.C. Poetry Society. 

Schools participating in the program received supplemental curriculum materials from the NEA including online anthologies, a program guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance, an audio CD featuring distinguished actors and writers, promotional and media guides and access to a comprehensive website.

Students first participate at the school level then compete at the district level. Winners from district competitions advance to the state level competition. Nationally, North Carolina had the fifth largest number of schools participating in the program this year with 82, tying with the state of California.  

During the competition held Saturday, March 15 at the Greensboro Public Library the students talked with North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, and heard readings by the distinguished panel of judges including semifinal judges Anjail Rashida Ahmad, Krista Bremer, Marisa Estelrich, Nathan Ross Freeman and Jackie Shelton Green. Judges for the finals are Dasan Ahanu, Malaika King Albrecht and Jacinta White.

Hannah recited the following works:  Barter, by Sara Teasdale, You charm’d me not with that fair face, by John Dryden, and Fire and Ice, by Robert Frost.

Casey Goggin from Pinecrest High School in Moore County is the North Carolina champion of Poetry Out Loud for the second consecutive year and will compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C.

Brewer is pictured second from left.