SUNY To Host Statewide “Poetry Out Loud” Competition

January 29, 2016

Albany – The State University of New York today announced that it will again partner with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts to facilitate New York’s Poetry Out Loud Contest, which is held simultaneously in states across the nation and in countries world-wide.

Beginning next week, SUNY campuses will host regional recitation competitions for high school students.

"SUNY students, faculty, and staff across the state are looking forward to another season of Poetry Out Loud contests on our campuses," said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. "SUNY is proud to host this exciting competition for New York State and to be a part of the valuable learning experience it brings to high school students in every region."

"Over 14,000 New York State high school students participated in Poetry Out Loud at the local level this season. And thanks to the hard work and generous support by SUNY administration and faculty, the POL regional finals will be hosted for the third year in a row on campuses throughout the state," said Dave Johnson, Poetry Out Loud’s New York Manager. "SUNY is a tremendous partner that fosters a love of literature and a passion for poetry in young people in New York."

"Student participation in Poetry Out Loud has grown year after year thanks to the tremendous efforts of SUNY and Teachers & Writers Collaborative," said Aby Rosen, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts. "NYSCA is honored to support a program that fosters a love and appreciation of poetry in high school students statewide. We thank our partners for their continued dedication to this impactful program and wish all the student competitors the best of luck."

The competition schedule, which is free and open to the public, is as follows:

  • SUNY Oneonta, Mohawk Valley Region, February 1, 2016, Monday, 6pm, The Water Front Cafe at Hunt Union (Snow Date: February 8)
  • Erie Community College, Western New York, February 2, 2016, Tuesday, 6pm, G Building Auditorium, North Campus (Snow Date: February 29)
  • Purchase State College, Mid-Hudson Region, February 2, 2016, Tuesday, 6pm Music Building, Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center  (Snow Date: March 4)
  • Hudson Valley Community College, Capital Region, February 8, 2016, Monday, 6pm Auditorium at Bulmer Telecommunications Center (Snow Date: March 1)
  • Clinton Community College, Plattsburgh, North Country Region February 9, 2016, Tuesday, 4pm Stafford Theater (Snow Date: February 23)
  • SUNY New Paltz, Mid-Hudson Region, February 10, 2016, Wednesday, 6pm, CSB Auditorium, Coykendall Science Building (Snow Date: February 24)
  • College at Brockport, Finger Lakes Region, February 23, 2016, Tuesday, 6pm, Seymour Union Ballroom (Snow Date: March 3)
  • Onondaga Community College, Central Region, February 23, 2016, Tuesday, 6pm, Storer Auditorium (Snow Date: March 4)
  • Stony Brook University, Long Island Region, February 25, 2016, Thursday, 6pm The Wang Center (Snow Date: March 3)
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City Region, February 25, 2016, Thursday, 6pm, Katie Murphy Ampitheatre (Snow Date: March 2) 
  • Nassau Community College, Long Island Region,  February 26, 2016, Friday, 6pm Garden City, College Center Building (CCB), Multipurpose Room (Snow Date: March 4)

Following these competitions, the state finals will be held at Everson Museum in Syracuse on Monday, March 14, and the national finals will take place in May in Washington, DC.

About the State University of New York
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