Join us at the Southeast Ohios Poetry Out Loud regional semifinal at Stuarts Opera House. The top scoring contestants from this years six Ohio regional semifinalists will be designated as state finalists and will be invited to compete in the Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Columbus on Saturday, March 4. In addition to the school competition the afternoon will feature a poetry reading from Wendy McVicker, our Poet in Residence and POL regional co-coordinator, and readings from our Creative Writing for Seniors class. Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Teachers, librarians, or administrators register their high schools each year with the Ohio Arts Council and organize contests with one class, several classes, or a whole school. Contests, workshops, and multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and NCTE standards.