A LITERARY COMPETITION THAT’S POETRY IN MOTION

If a picture paints a thousand words, then what sort of imagery does a thousand spoken words conjure up? Pure poetry—which is what audience-goers will be treated to at the state finals of the annual Poetry Out Loud competition, to be held at the Atlanta History Center on March 12. High schoolers from across Georgia will compete for a spot at the national finals in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud began in 2005 as a way to introduce youngsters to great poetry through performance of the written word. To be crowned as the state champ, the finalists will have to recite a poem of no more than 25 lines from an anthology of pre-twentieth-century works that includes classic poems from legendary scribes such as Emily Brontë and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Emily Cobb, Atlanta History Center’s outreach programs coordinator, says, “Watching the competition is a truly interesting, uplifting and beneficial experience that anyone who is interested in poetry or the arts needs to see.” – JB

POETRY OUT LOUD STATE FINALS
March 12, 1-4 p.m.
Free
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta 30305
404.814.4017
atlantahistorycenter.com

Photo: James Kegley