Poetry Out Loud – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Poetry Blog

Poetry Out Loud

Dr. Jerry Hankins Poetry Blog

Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Poetry Blog

On Thursday, March 20, a Bellows Free Academy student named Sam Boudreau received top honors at the Vermont 2014 Poetry Out Loud Finals.  The high school junior from St. Albans, Vermont competed against 40 other students from across the state.  For the competition, Bordeau recited “Request for Toy Piano,” by Tony Hoagland, “The Empty Dance Shoes,” by Cornelius Eady, and Walt Whitman’s “I Hear America singing.”

Bordeau will receive $200 as well as an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. where he will represent Vermont in at the National Finals on April 29 and 30.  Bellows Free Academy will also receive a $500 stipend to be used to purchase poetry books for the school.

Champions from every state, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be competing for $50,000 worth of scholarship awards and school stipends, including a $20,000 college scholarship, at the National Finals.  Judges will evaluate each of the 53 performances.  Scoring of the performances will be based on physical presence, articulation, demonstrated understanding of the material, level of difficulty, and accuracy.

Approximately 5,000 Vermont high school students participated in the Poetry Out Loud program around the state this year.  The National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation created the Poetry Out Loud program, which just completed its ninth year in Vermont.  The program continues to inspire high school students across the nation by urging them to discover the worlds inside classic and contemporary poetry.  Mimicking the recent slam poetry movement, the Poetry Out loud program works to build interest in poetry as an oral art form.

For more information about the Vermont 2014 Poetry Out Loud competition please visit http://vtdigger.org/2014/03/25/vermont-2014-poetry-loud-state-champion-announced/.