John DiMino, Brophy College Preparatory, Phoenix
Travis Marino, Freedom Christian Academy, San Tan Valley
India Parsons, Westview High School, Avondale
Rebecca Andersen, Kingman High School, Kingman
Sophia Licher, Sedona Red Rock High School, Sedona
Adriana Hurtado, Tri-City College Preparatory High School, Prescott
Mark Anthony Niadas, St. Augustine Catholic High School, Tucson.
Cassandra Valadez, Sunnyside High School, Tucson
Joshua Furtado, Tucson High Magnet School, Tucson
Arizona Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, facilitated in partnership with the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University and The Poetry Center at the University of Arizona, encouraging high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.
“The students work hard to get to the finals,” said Robert C. Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “Watching such a diverse group of exceptional young people from around the state stand tall, recite, and display their understanding and love of poetry is truly remarkable and inspirational. These young people learn skills through this competition that will serve them for a lifetime.”
The event will feature special guest Emcee, Arizona Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch and guest reader, poet and author, Charles Jenson.
About Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry—recitation and performance. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. For further information regarding Poetry Out Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org, or www.azarts.gov/pol.
Poetry Out Loud Prizes
The Arizona state winner will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. One runner-up will receive $100, with $200 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.
About the Arizona Commission on the Arts One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is an agency of the State of Arizona that supports a statewide arts network. The Arizona Commission on the Arts supports access to quality arts and arts education opportunities for all Arizona citizens; the development and retention of statewide jobs in the nonprofit arts, culture and education sectors; and increased economic impact in local communities through arts-based partnerships that develop tax and small business revenue.
We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.
About Travis Marino
Travis was one of 13,000 Arizona High school students who competed and won the state regional Poetry outloud finals and made it to the Poetry Out Loud State Finals which was held on March 29, 2012.
Travis recited the following poems:
- Self Inquiry Before the Job Interview by Gary Soto,
- The Oldest Living Thing in L.A. by Larry Levis,
- Give All to Love by Ralph Waldo Emmerson
Travis is a prolific poet, publishing several poems portraying his passion. Travis is also an athlete, competing in high school basketball.
This is Travis' 2nd year as a finalist for the Poetry Outloud recitation.
Last year, he was broadcasted on PBS -- see below for the clip. He won the regional competition and made it to the State Finals in 2011.