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State finals for Poetry Out Loud set for Sunday in SF

The 2019 official state final poster illustration titled “Hear the Echoes” is by Santa Fe artist Deco. A poetry reading by Albuquerque poets laureate and some of the school champions will be held at Bookworks on Rio Grande on Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Posters will be given away while supplies last.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The top 10 high school poets in New Mexico will compete Sunday in Santa Fe to become New Mexico Poetry Out Loud’s State Champion.

The event will be staged at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art at 1 p.m. It’s free and open to the public.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and state arts agencies, organizers said in a news release.

The New Mexico finals event is sponsored by New Mexico Arts, a division of the state Department of Cultural Affairs.

To get the final 10 competitors, almost 1,000 students from 10 schools participated at the classroom level. Each school is sending one finalist.

Participating schools are Arrowhead Park Medical Academy in Las Cruces, Bosque School in Albuquerque, Carlsbad High School, Clayton High School, La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Alamogordo, Rio Grande Preparatory Institute in Las Cruces, Taos High School, and Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque.

The champion will get $200 plus $500 for their school library to buy poetry books, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the National Finals. The National Champion receives $20,000 in prizes, organizers said.

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