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Poetry Out Loud Returns to Clinton

Friday, January 30, 2015

Clinton Community College will once again host the North Country Region's Poetry Out Loud competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation contest for high school students. The North Country Region's contest will be held in the theater of the Stafford Center, on Clinton's main campus, from 6 to 8pm on Tuesday, February 24.

From SUNY:

Albany – The State University of New York today announced that it will again partner with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts to facilitate New York’s Poetry Out Loud Contest, which is held simultaneously in states across the nation and in countries world-wide. More than 12,000 students participated in last year’s competition.

Beginning next week, SUNY campuses will host regional recitation competitions for high school students. The State Finals will be held at Onondaga Community College March 9.

“SUNY students, faculty, and staff across the state had a marvelous time volunteering for last year’s Poetry Out Loud contests and welcoming the community onto their campus for these dynamic events, and we are looking forward to doing it all over again,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Poetry Out Loud provides a valuable learning experience for all of the students who participate and SUNY is proud to be a part of the organization’s annual worldwide event.”

“After the unprecedented student participation in last year’s Poetry Out Loud competition we are proud to welcome even more students, from more schools, to this year’s event,” said Aby Rosen, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts. “A passion for the arts, and poetry specifically, is alive and thriving in high schools across the state. Best of luck to all the student competitors and we look forward to cheering on New York State’s winner at the national finals in Washington, DC.”

The competition schedule, which is free and open to the public, is as follows:

Mohawk Valley Region

SUNY Oneonta

Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Western New York

Erie Community College

Feb 3, 6-8 p.m.

New York City Region

Fashion Institute of Technology

Feb. 5, 6-8 p.m.

Southern Tier Region

Binghamton University

Feb. 6, 4-8 p.m.

Finger Lakes Region

SUNY Brockport

Feb. 9, 6-8 p.m.

Central Region

Onondaga Community College

Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m.

Mid-Hudson Region

SUNY New Paltz

Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m.

Capital Region

SUNY System Administration

Feb 13, 1-4 p.m.

North Country Region

Clinton Community College

Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m.

Mid-Hudson Region

SUNY Purchase

Feb 25, 6-8 p.m.

Long Island Region

Stony Brook University

Feb. 26, 6-8 p.m.

State Final

Central Region

Onondaga Community College

March 9, 1-4 p.m.

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