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Poetry Out Loud semi-finals, March 1-2

Posted by Milva DiDomizio  February 24, 2014 01:04 PM

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Poetry Out Loud proves that real time spoken word still has the power to move, educate, and inspire young people.


David Marshall

Courtney Stewart learns he's a 2013 Poetry Out Loud winner.

Since its inception eight years ago, the program has introduced hundreds of thousands of high school students to recitation and performance poetry through a competition encouraging kids to memorize and perform great poetry. This year more than 24,000 students statewide competed in preliminary rounds. The field has been narrowed to 74 semi-finalists, who will perform in four regional semi-final contests this weekend, in advance of the state finals on March 9, and the national finals in April. All events are free. A schedule of events is below. For information visit or


Boston - March 1, 9:30 a.m. Calderwood Pavilion, Boston Center for the Arts, 527 Tremont St.

Framingham - March 1, 9:30 a.m. Framingham Lodge of Elks, 450 Union Ave.

Springfield - March 2, 10 a.m. Community Music School of Springfield, 127 State St.

Cape Cod - March 2, 1 p.m. Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main St., South Yarmouth.

State Finals:

March 9, 9:30 a.m. Performances by finalists, guest performance by 2013 National Champion Langston Ward. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., Boston.

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