Friday, March 7, 2008

Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest to be hosted by Georiga author and poet Anthony Grooms on March 16

On March 16, Georgia poet and author Anthony Grooms will host the Second Annual state-wide Poetry OutLoud National Recitation Contest. Anthony “Tony” Grooms is the award-winning author of “Bombingham,” a novel, and “Trouble No More,” a short story collection, and “Ice Poems,” a poetry collection. He is a recipient of an Arts Administration Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Poetry Out Loud is a recitation contest administered throughout the country by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In Georgia, the contest is administered by the Literary Center at the Margaret Mitchell House in partnership with Georgia Council for the Arts. Students choose poems from an NEA approved anthology that they memorize and perform at the competition. The contestant who delivers the most accurate and dramatic performance of their three poem is awarded the state championship title.

The Georgia champion will receive $300 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the national competition. The state winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. One runner-up in each state will receive $150, with $200 for his or her school library, and the second runner-up will receive $100, with $100 for his or her school library. Poetry Out Loud will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends at the National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

The Margaret Mitchell House, Inc., was founded in 1985 to save and preserve the house where Margaret Mitchell lived and wrote the book Gone With the Wind. On August 1, 2004, the Margaret Mitchell House merged with the Atlanta History Center (AHC). As a result, the AHC oversees the operation of the Margaret Mitchell House, Gone With The Wind Movie Museum, Visitors Center, Museum Shop, and The Literary Center as a permanent landmark, a literary center, and a tourist attraction.
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