Shannon McCullam, Box Elder High School - 2012 Utah Poetry Out Loud Runner-Up





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Published on Apr 3, 2012

The Utah State Poetry Out Loud Finals Contest was held at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, March 13, 2010, at 7 p.m. with students from 16 high schools participating. Judges were Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles, Plan-B Theatre Company Producing Director Jerry Rapier, poet and USU English Professor Shanan Ballam and Utah State Office of Education Literacy Coordinator Tiffany Hall Kate MacLeod provided music during the interludes.

Top honors went to MarKaye Hassan, a senior at Logan High School. She received $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she will compete in the national finals in May for bragging rights and a $20,000 scholarship. Her school also received a $500 stipend for the purchase of new poetry books.

Runner-up was Shannon McCullam, a senior at Box Elder High School in Brigham City. She received $100 and her school received a $200 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

The 2012 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will take place May 13-15, 2012, in Washington, DC, at the Harman Center for the Arts.

Visit artsandmuseums.utah.gov/funding/competitions/poetry_out_loud.html for more information.

Recitation and performance are major new trends in poetry. There has been a recent resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of hip-hop music. Poetry Out Loud builds on that momentum by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Utah Arts & Museums Literature Program to support the expansion of Poetry Out Loud, which encourages Utah's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance.

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