Poetry Out Loud

Six students recited poems in Bosque’s 7th annual Poetry Out Loud school recitation contest. Neil ’20 emerged the winner, and Lizzy ’20 was the runner up. Neil recited "Kindness” by Yusef Komunyakaa and “Zacuanpapalotls” by Brenda Cardenas. Lizzy recited “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley and “Respiration” by Jamaal May. Four adult judges scored the recitals in five categories: physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, accuracy, and overall performance. Neil will learn a third poem and represent Bosque School at the state contest on Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 pm at St. Francis Auditorium, Santa Fe.

Bosque is among twelve New Mexico schools participating in Poetry Out Loud this year. The student-reciter to emerge with the top score from the state contest on March 10 will win $200 plus $500 for their school library to buy poetry books, and an all-expense paid trip, with a chaperone, to the national Poetry Out Loud contest.

The 14th annual national contest is in Washington, D.C. on April 30 and May 1, 2019. All 50 states—plus Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington, D.C.—send a winner to compete for the national title. Nine finalists win awards: $20K for #1, $10K for #2, $5K for #3, and $1,000 for #4-9. As well, all nine win $500 each for their schools to spend on poetry books. Poetry Out Loud is co-sponsored by the National Foundation for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.