2018 Poetry Out Loud: Cleveland/N.E. Ohio Semifinal at Cleveland Public Library, February 24


Listen to the Words . . .

On Saturday, February 24, 2018, the Ohio Center for the Book at Cleveland Public Library, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, will host the Poetry Out Loud NE Ohio Regional Semifinals at 3:00 p.m. in the Louis Stokes Auditorium at Cleveland Public Library, 525 Superior Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. For directions and parking information, click here.

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The contest 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. Poetry Out Loud is aligned with Common Core and NCTE standards. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. The winners from participating schools are invited to compete in regional semi-finals.   Learn more about Poetry Out Loud.

Poetry Out Loud workshops, multi-media program materials, including curricula, are free.  In preparation for Poetry Out Loud: Ohio contests, the Ohio Center for the Book (OCFB) sponsored poetry recitation workshops (open to all participants from Northeast Ohio), facilitated by poet, and OCFB Fellow, Kisha Nicole Foster who serves as the Cleveland/Northeast Regional Coordinator for Ohio Poetry Out Loud. The three top scoring students from each semi-final will advance to the state finals, which will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at the King Arts Complex Nicholson Theatre, 867 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH. For more information about Poetry Out Loud State Finals, click here.