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National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation present: Poetry Out Loud - National Recitation Contest

Minnesota 2013-2014 Poetry Out Loud Champions

Faiza Mohamed Abubakar

Faiza Mohamed Abubakar

Faiza Mohamed Abubakar of Ubah Medical Academy (Hopkins) was named the winner of the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Minnesota competition with her recitation of To the Desert, by Benjamin Alire Saenz, I'm Offering You This Poem, by Jimmy Santiago Baca, and Sweetness, by Stephen Dunn.

In April of 2014, Abubakar will represent Minnesota at the national finals in Washington, DC. She will be competing with champions from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Other Minnesota Champions

  • Runner-up: Laurel Pietrzak—Big Lake High School, Big Lake
  • 3rd Place: Lillian Simmons—Century High School, Rochester
  • 4th Place: Elexus Hall—PYC Arts and Tech High School, Minneapolis
  • 5th Place: David Kamper—Marshall High School, Duluth
  • 6th Place: Abdirahman Abdi—Woodbury High School, Woodbury

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National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Poetry Foundation President Robert Polito announce the 2014 National Finals of Poetry Out Loud, April 29-30, 2014.

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud, the National Endowment for the Arts, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Poetry Foundation Poetry Out Loud is a program that brings students across the country together through poetry, learning, and engagement.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation cosponsor the program and contest. In local settings, schools host their own contests. Winners move on to regional and state contests, and the winners from each state travel with a guardian to Washington, DC, for the national event.

Minnesota's Poetry Out Loud state-wide recitation competition is made possible in part by dollars awarded from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation form the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support for metro public library participation is funded with money from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through an appropriation to MELSA.

Poetry Out Loud Minnesota High School poetry recitation competition is currently managed through a Partnership Grant award to The Loft Literary Center. Visit The Loft's site for other information on 2013–2014 Poetry Out Loud

Minnesota Poetry Out Loud highlights from previous years

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