Nicole Sadek, 2016 S.C. Poetry Out Loud champion
Since school began in the fall, high school students around the state have been memorizing poetry, practicing recitation skills and polishing performances to compete in Poetry Out Loud school-level competitions. School-based winners are competing in three regional competitions taking place January 21 and 22 in Spartanburg, Columbia and Charleston. Winners from each regional competition will advance to the state finals taking place March 11 in Columbia. The competitions are free and open to the public.
Regional competition schedule:
- Region 1 (Upstate)
Jan. 21, from 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus, 220 E. Kennedy St., Spartanburg, SC 29302 (Please use entrance at back of building.)
Counties: Oconee, Pickens, Greenville, Spartanburg, Cherokee, York, Lancaster, Chesterfield, Anderson, Laurens, Union, Chester, Abbeville, McCormick and Greenwood
Partner: Hub City Writers Project
- Region 2 (Midlands)
Jan. 21 from 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Richland Library Main (second floor), 1431 Assembly St., Columbia, S.C. 29201
Counties: Edgefield, Saluda, Newberry, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Darlington, Marlboro, Aiken, Lexington, Richland, Sumter, Florence, Marion, Dillon and Calhoun
Partners: One Columbia, South Carolina Center for Oral Narrative-USC Sumter and Richland Library Main
- Region 3 (Lowcountry)
Jan. 22, from 1:30 – 4 p.m.
College of Charleston, Stern Student Center, 71 George Street, Charleston, S.C. 29424
Counties: Barnwell, Bamberg, Orangeburg, Clarendon, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Horry, Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Dorchester, Berkeley, Jasper, Beaufort and Charleston
Partner: College of Charleston School of Humanities and Social Sciences
For 11 years, the South Carolina Arts Commission has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to bring the Poetry Out Loud National Poetry Recitation Contest to South Carolina. The Arts Commission engages regional partners to promote participation and to manage regional competitions. Nearly 4,000 South Carolina students participated this year. The state champion will compete in the national finals April 24-26 in Washington, D.C.
About Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud, a program created in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement. Students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage while gaining an appreciation of poetry. Last year more than 365,000 students nationwide competed. The national winner received a $20,000 scholarship.