Poetry Out Loud registration is open

“He lives to learn,” wrote John Greenleaf Whittier in his poem “In School-days,” one of thousands of classic poems students may choose to learn as part of the 2020 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud program.

The NH State Council on the Arts, which facilitates the program in New Hampshire, has opened registration for this year’s competition. There are only 45 spots for high schools and high school groups available for the 2020 round, which will mark the program’s 15th year.

As many as 10,000 New Hampshire students are expected to participate, starting at the classroom level. Classroom winners advance to school competitions, which are followed by in-state regionals and the state championship in March. The winner will advance to the national finals in Washington, D.C.

The program’s goal is to help stduents learn about great poets, poetry and literary history as they sharpen their presentation and public speaking skills.

To learn more about 2020 New Hampshire Poetry Out Loud, go to www.nh.gov/nharts

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