Poetry Out Loud 2019!

Montana Poetry Out Loud 2018-19 is underway statewide, and there is still time to involve your students! The Poetry Out Loud program was originated and continues to be supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, with participation in every state and U.S. territory. The recitation contest, open to high school students in grades 9-12, engages students in the work of noted poets past and present and begins in individual classrooms or within school groups.  From there, students advance to a schoolwide contest in January and regional events in February; 21 students from the 7 regional events held on Montana campuses will advance to the State Finals in Helena on March 2, 2019. The program year culminates in Washington D.C. in late April, where one student from Montana will represent our state. To gain valuable insight into the program’s benefits, and inspire your students’ participation, view the wonderful newly released mini-documentary on Montana Poetry Out Loud, created by MAPS Media Institute. For information on regional contests, contact Monica Grable at the Montana Arts Council, 406-444-6522.

Authentic, Real World Tasks for Your Students

Fostering civic growth and community engagement in our students is means engaging them in their local and regional communities. Encouraging them to write for publications and contests gives them a real world connection and audience. Here are some opportunities for contests and publications for our students here in Montana.

  • New Montana Voices, a literary magazine dedicated to the relevance of Montana’s young adults to the vibrant cultural polylogue of today, is accepting poetry, prose, and photography for their upcoming publication. Cash awards for students and teachers are available! Find out more.

  • The Western Governor’s Association announces the 4th Annual “Celebrate the West” regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works of art inspired by their state. The entry deadline is April 28, 2109, and students are welcome to submit artwork used for other contests or assignments. Student’s artwork will be returned. Details here!

  • 2019 Sejong Writing Competition aims to introduce young adults to Korean culture through literature and poetry. The deadline is March 31, 2019, and is open to all students, regardless of ethnicity. Here is more information.

Thanks for reading!
Christy Mock-Stutz,
ELA and  Literacy Instructional Coordinator | 406-444-0736

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