Story last updated at 3/11/2009 - 10:59 am
JUNEAU - The regional winners of the state-wide Poetry Out Loud competition have been announced. High school students from around the state have memorized and recited poetry in regional competitions, and will now face off in Juneau at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center on Monday, March 16 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. The state champion will go to Wash., D.C. to compete for a $20,000 scholarship.
The finalists for the statewide competition include Caitlyn Woolsey of Sitka, Tyee Dunlap of Juneau, Justina Lipscomb of Delta Junction, Elias Garvey of Homer, April Hostetter of Igiugig, Emma Remhild of Cordova and Marti Marey of Anchorage.
The judges of the competition will include University of Alaska President and poet Mark Hamilton, Alaska Writer Laureate Nancy Lord, Haines author Heather Lende, University of Alaska Southeast Creative Writing Professor Emily Wall and Anchorage Representative and writer Mike Doogan. Dan Henry of Haines will act as MC for the event. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. Seating is limited, so contact Hearthside Books or the JAHC in advance to secure seats.