the winner is
County's Muir places second
in statewide poetry recital competition
FRANKFORT, Ky. Dean Muir from Trimble County High
School was the state runner-up March 30 among 18 competitors at the
Commonwealth at the Kentucky State Finals Poetry Out Loud poetry recitation
contest sponsored by the Kentucky Arts Council at Kentucky State University.
He placed behind winner Kendra Holloway of Christian County High School
in Hopkinsville after having been one of two finalists at the school
level in Bedford.
left, Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director Lori Meadows poses
with runner-up Dean Muir and winner Kendra Holloway and National
Endowment for the Arts National Initiatives Program Manager Dan
The Kentucky Poetry Out Loud initiative is part of the
national competition presented by the National Endowment for the Arts
and the Poetry Foundation.
Muir read a lively recitation of O Captain! My Captain!
by Walt Whitman and Ma Rainey by Sterling A. Brown. He
won a cash prize of $100 and $200 for the purchase of poetry for his
school library. Price Dunlap was Trimble County's other competitor.
Holloways passionate and well-studied recitations of Ballad
of Birmingham by Dudley Randall and To the Ladies
by Lady Mary Chudleigh won her an all expenses paid trip to Washington,
D.C., to compete in the national finals on May 17 at the Lincoln Theatre,
a $200 cash prize, a trip for her chaperone and $500 to her school library
for the purchase of poetry. The national winner will receive $20,000
of the $50,000 in scholarship funds being awarded by the National Endowment
for the Arts at the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest.
Holloway and Muir were invited back to Frankfort to recite their poems
and be honored at the Kentucky Writers Day Celebration presented
by the Kentucky Arts Council on April 24 in the Capitol Rotunda. Kentucky
Writers Day promotes the literary arts in Kentucky and is celebrated
on the birth date of native son, author, poet and first U.S. Poet Laureate
Robert Penn Warren.
Judges for the Kentucky State Finals of the National Poetry Out Loud
Recitation Contest were Kentucky Poet Laureate Sena Jeter Naslund; Ken
Jones, playwright and Chair of the Northern Kentucky, University Department
of Theatre and Frank X. Walker, Eastern Kentucky University, Department
of English and Theatre faculty, author and Affrilachian poet.
Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to learn about great
poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Other participating
schools were Danville High School, Danville; Deming High School, Mount
Olivet; Doss High School, Louisville; George Rogers Clark High School,
Winchester; Greenup County High School, Greenup; Madison Central High
School, Richmond; Mercer County High School, Harrodsburg; and Simon
Kenton High School, Independence.
For more information about Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.
For more information about the Kentucky Arts Council, visit www.artscouncil.ky.gov.
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