Word up

. October 23, 2012.

Area schools can help open up the world of words to their students as the Michigan Council For Arts and Cultural Affairs seeks participants for the 2012-13 Michigan Poetry Out Loud. It’s a chance to take part in a nationwide competition and celebration of the art of the written and spoken word. Schools that participate get to host their own poetry competition and choose a representative to send to the statewide event, to be held in February in East Lansing. The winner at the state level will win $200 and chance to travel to Washington DC to compete in the national competition in April. The national winner gets a $20,000 scholarship and $500 for their school to purchase poetry books. It’s a great way for students to polish their literary craft and their public speaking skills, and maybe boost their self-confidence.

Interested schools need to apply to participate by October 26, so talk to your teacher! www.michiganhumanities.org