Poetry Out Loud, a program of the Maryland State Arts Council, will hold tomorrow afternoon the Maryland State Poetry Outloud Finals at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, the program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.   

Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s “The Signal” will host the competition featuring poetry recitation performances from the nine Maryland high school students vying for a spot at the Poetry Out Loud national competition in Washington, D.C. this May.    

The free event will also feature a performance by Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter, ellen cherry.  

After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago, Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools nationwide in 2006 and now involves more than 365,000 students annually. This year, Poetry Out Loud in Maryland reached more than 15,000 students, grades 9-12, in 17 counties and 500 schools across the state.  

Maryland State Poetry Out Loud Finals

1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 3, 2012

Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Auditorium,   

Baltimore Museum of Art   

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