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Students can find reason to rhyme in poetry contest
by Tribune staff
Nov 29, 2009 | 2353 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Nevada Arts Council, in partnership with the Nevada Alliance for Arts Education, the national Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, present 2010 Nevada Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Schools are invited to participate in district-wide contests to advance to the state competition on March 13, 2010, in Reno. The state champion will advance to the national finals, which will take place April 25 through 27, 2010, in Washington, DC.

Emily Orellana, 2009 Nevada state champion from Washoe County School District, was selected as the 2009 Nevada Poetry Out Loud champion and represented the state in this year's national finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

To help teachers implement the contest in their classrooms, a teacher’s toolkit will be available. The toolkits consist of a teacher’s guide, the anthology of selected poems and a best performances DVD.

To obtain a teacher’s toolkit, register for Poetry Out Loud or learn more about the district contests, contact Mary Jane Dorofachuk, arts education coordinator for the Nevada Arts Council at (702) 486-3738 or e-mail her at

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth.

Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

The Nevada Alliance for Arts Education is a non-profit organization that is part of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.

The Nevada Arts Council is a division of the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs.  The department serves Nevada’s citizens and visitors through cultural and information management, preservation and promotion of cultural resources, and education.

The department also includes the Division of Museums and History, State Historic Preservation Office, State Library and Archives, Comstock Historic District Commission, Literacy Coalition, and the Commission for Cultural Affairs.

For more information, visit the department’s Web site at
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