SUNY To Host Statewide “Poetry Out Loud” Competition

January 30, 2017

Albany – The State University of New York today announced its ongoing partnership with the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and Poetry Foundation to facilitate New York’s Poetry Out Loud Contest, which is held simultaneously across the United States.

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

"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."

"With more than 10,000 students involved at the local level this year, a higher percentage of participating high schools are sending students to the SUNY campuses for regional competitions," said Dave Johnson, Poetry Out Loud’s New York Manager. "We hear again and again how fantastic the regional events are at SUNY. Our thanks to SUNY for making these regional competitions such successful events."

"Each year we have significant student participation in Poetry Out Loud in large part to the tremendous efforts of SUNY and Teachers & Writers Collaborative," said Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, Chair, New York State Council on the Arts. "NYSCA is honored to support a program that fosters an appreciation of poetry in high school students. We thank our partners for their ongoing dedication to this 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 Global Center, New York City Region, The Global Classroom, Tuesday, January 31, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 13)
  • The College at Brockport, Finger Lakes Region, Seymour Ballroom, Tuesday, January 31, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 6)
  • Hudson Valley Community College, Capital Region, Auditorium at Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Tuesday, January 31, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 6)
  • Erie Community College, Western New York Region, North Campus, Gleasner Hall auditorium, Thursday, February 2, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: March 2)
  • Nassau Community College, Long Island Region,  College Center Building, Friday, February 3, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 10)
  • Purchase College, Mid-Hudson Region, Neuberger Museum of Art, Monday, February 6, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 13)
  • Clinton Community College, North Country Region, Stafford Center, Tuesday, February 7, 3:00 p.m. (snow date: February 28)
  • Onondaga Community College, Central Region, Storer Auditorium, Tuesday, February 7, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 9)
  • SUNY Oneonta, Mohawk Valley Region, Hunt Union, Waterfront Café, Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 13)
  • SUNY New Paltz, Mid-Hudson Region, CSB Auditorium, Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: March 2)
  • Stony Brook University, Long Island Region, Wang Center, Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. (snow date: February 28)
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City Region, Katie Murphy Ampitheatre, Thursday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. (snow date: February 28)

Following these competitions, the state finals will be held at Everson Museum in Syracuse on Friday, March 10. The 2017 National Finals will be held April 25 and 26 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University.

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