The 2019 Poetry Out Loud competition was held in Herlong. David Teeter, Lassen County District 2 Supervisor, left, Sam Williams, Managing Editor of the Lassen County Times, competition winner Alison Bearce, runner up Kenyan Rockey, Patty Gunderson, superintendent of the Lassen County Office of Education and Anne Palmer-Martin, the events coordinator pose after the competition. Teeter, Williams and Gunderson served as judges. File photo

It’s time to have your voice heard; Enter Poetry Out Loud

Lassen County schools and the Lassen County Arts Council offer the opportunity for poetry recitation at the school, county and state level, through a program by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation.

The contest is open to all students in Lassen County in the ninth through 12th grades or eighth grade students taking ninth grade classes.

Poetry Out Loud builds self-confidence and public speaking skills:

  • The thrill of competition encourages students to do their best.
  • Poetry Out Loud creates lifelong lovers of poetry and creative writing.
  • Poetry Out Loud offers an opportunity for all types of students to succeed.

There is a $100 prize for the county winner and two $50 prizes for the runners-up

“I was surprised to discover the power of voice that poetry gives. Every participant has a different voice, and it is a true gift and privilege to share and partake in such a diverse display of humanity,” said Emma Robison, 2021 Kentucky State Champion.

Contact the language arts or English teachers at your school for more information, or call Patricia Gunderson, Lassen County Superintendent of Schools at 257-2197, Lassen County Arts Council chairs June Sanders at 260-0707 or Dianna Henning at 253-3303.

The county finals will be held

Jan. 22, 2022.


National awards

A total of $50,000 in awards or organizational stipends will be given at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, including a $20,000 award for the National Champion.