Feb. 13: NH Poetry Out Loud Regional Semi-Final – Rochester

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Date(s) - February 13, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Rochester Opera House


Poetry Out Loud Logo with and image of a microphone.Poetry Out Loud is a┬ánational poetry recitation program┬áthat encourages the nation’s youth to learn great poetry. Through depth of learning, memorization, and performance, the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud builds on the spoken word as an art form.

New Hampshire high school students who excel at their love for memorizing and reciting poetry will come together for several semi-final competitions in February, hoping to head to the 2024 NH Poetry Out Loud championship. Four regional competitions will take place and NH state finals will take place on March 15th.

Important dates (and snow dates):

Semi-final: Tuesday, February 13th, 6:00pm (snow date: Wednesday, February 14th) Location: Rochester Opera House, Rochester, NH

Semi-final: Thursday, February 15th, 6:00pm (snow date: Friday, February 16th) Location: Recital Hall, Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Semi-final: Tuesday, February 20th, 6:00pm (snow date: Wednesday, February 21st) Location: Tupelo Music Hall, Derry, NH

Semi-final: Thursday, February 22nd, 6:00pm (snow date: Friday, February 23rd) Location: Simon Center Great Room, New England College, 98 Bridge St., Henniker, NH

New Hampshire State Final: Friday, March 15th, 5:00pm (snow date: Monday, March 18th) Location: State House in Concord, Representatives Hall.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud please visit the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts web site or contact Allison Hawkins, Arts Education Coordinator, allison.hawkins@dncr.nh.gov, (603) 271-0791.