Every year, over 350,000 high school students around the country compete in reading poetry out loud, exploring its depths and learning rhetorical techniques for public speaking in a program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts. This year the Poetry Out Loud finals are here in Tacoma at Theatre on the Square this Saturday night.
Among the 13 regional winners competing are two local students: Anup Chamrajnagar from Stadium High School and Garnet Burk from Annie Wright.
The event will include a brief appearance by Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and Sam Green, the inaugural poet laureate.
As well as receiving $20 and a $500 school stiped to buy poetry books, the winner will go on to compete at the Nationals in Washington, D.C. in April for National Poetry Month. 1 p.m. March 9, Theatre On The Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. Free. 253-591-5890, broadwaycenter.org, poetryoutloud.org