Returning to FIT this February is Poetry Out Loud, a national recitation competition that encourages high school students to explore literature and master public speaking. Before preforming under the spotlights of the Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, each participant delves into a diverse list of more 2,000 poems and chooses one to recite.
The event stems from an ongoing partnership between the State University of New York and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Poetry Foundation.
“SUNY is proud to partner with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative and New York State Council on the Arts, and open its doors again to such an important national competition,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “These events provide a valuable learning experience for so many of our high school students, and it is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate literary talent in our local communities.”
FIT is just one of 12 SUNY schools taking part in this treasured competition. All of the recitation events are free and open to the public, and the competition schedule can be found on SUNY’s website. In March, the winners will move on to the state finals at Everson Museum in Syracuse, and George Washington University will host the national championship in April.
The Poetry Out Loud competition will take place on February 16. Find more details here.