Hub City hosts Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals at Spartanburg Community College
Due to weather, the regional finals have been rescheduled for Saturday, January 30.
On Saturday, ten hopeful students will recite for their lives.
Hub City Writers Project, in cooperation with Spartanburg Community College, will host the Upstate South Carolina regional finals for 2016's Poetry Out Loud competition. Sponsored by The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation along with U.S. state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation.This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.
Last year, two Upstate competitors placed in the state finals, including state champion Joshua Mugabe of York Preparatory Academy.
Finalists in Saturday's contest will compete in Columbia at the State Finals for a chance to compete at the National Finals in Washington D.C. The grand prize winner of the national competition receives $20,000, with second place receiving $10,000 and third, $5,000. Fourth through ninth place also receive a $1,000 honorarium.
This year's regional finals have a record number of competitors from counties and schools across the Upstate. Students will recite one poem per round over two rounds of competition.
This year's judges are slam poetry champion and nonprofit coordinator Kimberly J. Simms and Hub City's current Writer-in-Residence, poet Derrick Austin.
The event takes place on Saturday, January 30th at 2 p.m. at the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus auditorium. Winners will be announced at the event and in a news release on Monday, Jan. 25th.