Celebrating 15 years of Nevada Poetry Out Loud
Throughout Nevada students are preparing for the 2020 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition
Since September, more than 4,400 Nevada high school students have been embracing the power of words by participating in the 2020 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program. Right now, students are competing in school and district competitions, determining who will advance to the state final competition which will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, noon, at the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts in Reno. The student winning the state final competition will represent Nevada at the national competition in April in Washington D.C.
2020 Nevada Poetry Out Loud District Semi-Final Competitions
Thursday, February 6, 2020,
Western Folklife Center, Elko
Tuesday, February 11, 2020,
West Charleston Library Theater, Las Vegas
Tuesday, February 11, 2020,
Jeannie Dini Cultural Center, Yerington
Tuesday, February 18, 2020,
Virginia City High School Library
Thursday, February 20, 2020,
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno
Focusing on our rich literary heritage and contemporary life through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary poetry, Nevada Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council, presented in partnership with Nevada Department of Education, Nevada School Districts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, the NV Energy Foundation, Sierra Arts Foundation, Cultural Alliance Nevada, and KUNR.
2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
2018 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
Grey Hunt, a senior at Yerington High School, took first place at the State Finals, receiving $500, and competed for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Her school received $500 for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs. Mikayla De Guzman, a junior at Elko High School won second place and Sandra Luevano, a senior at East Career and Technical Academy (Las Vegas) took third. 2018 POL Program.
2017 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
Gabrielle Hunt, a Yerington High School junior, was named Nevada’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 12th Annual Nevada State Finals, held in the KNPB Channel 5 studio on March 11, 2017. Elko High School junior Cache Black placed second, and Douglas County High School junior Lea Gifford finished third. 2017 POL Program
2016 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
Mikalya Bates, a senior at Elko High School in Elko County, was named Nevada’s 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 11th Annual Nevada State Finals at KNPB Studios in Reno. She received $1,000, an all-expense-paid trip for her and her chaperone to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C. and $1,000 for her school for the purchase of poetry books and/or literary programs. Gabrielle Hunt, a sophomore at Yerington High School, and Vanessa Blackwell, a senior at Douglas High School, placed second and third. 2016 POL Program.
2015 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion Dominique Groffman traveled to Washington D.C. at the endof April to represent the Silver State at the 2015 National Finals. The Douglas County High School senior advanced to the third round of competition in her semifinals as one of 24 regional finalists. Although Groffman did not continue on to the finals, she received a personalized plaque from the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation. 2015 POL Program.
2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
On April 29, Christian Schunke, a senior at Yerington High School, was one of 53 students who walked on stage at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Although Christian didn’t advance to the semifinals, Nevada’s State Champion Schunke recited his poems with ease and presence. 2014 POL Program
2013 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
2012 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
2011 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
2010-2009 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Programs
2010 Poetry Out Loud
Emily Orellana, a sophomore from Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno (center), Wasoe County ,was named the Nevada State Champion for a second year in a row. 2010 POL Program
2009 Poetry Out Loud
Emily Orellana from Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno (center), Washoe County, with Miss Nevada 2008, Julianna Erdesz (right) and Jill Berryman of Sierra Arts Foundation (left). 2009 POL Program
2008-2006 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Programs
2008 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
Lainey Henderson of Carson High School recites “Since There is No Escape” by Sarah Teasdale to garner a position at the national competition. 2008 POL Program
2007 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
Jake Reid of Douglas County High School recites two poems, “The Secret of the Machines” by Rudyard Kipling and “Walking Down Park” by Nikki Giovanni. 2007 POL Program
2006 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
Gibran Baydoun Green Valley High School performs “Do Not Go Gentle Into the Night”by Dylan Thomas. 2006 POL Program.
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- Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Program Coordinator Southern Office 702.486.3738 or email