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2020 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Austin Smith

Austin Smith of Bexley Named 2020 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Austin Smith, a senior at Bexley High School, took home the title of Ohio's 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champion after reciting three poems during the Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 6.
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9 Students to Compete in Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Nine Ohio high school students will compete for the title of Ohio’s 2020 Poetry Out Loud State Champion on March 6 at the King Arts Complex’s Nicholson Auditorium in Columbus.
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Ohio Poetry Out Loud Turns 15, Celebrates New Partnerships

Registration is now open for 2019-20 Ohio Poetry Out Loud (POL). Now in its 15th year, POL connects high school students to some of the best poetry ever written from a diverse array of poets from around the world and gives them a chance to represent their states on the national stage.
A collage of images from past Poetry Out Loud competitions. Photos show students reciting poetry on stage and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas speaking at a podium. Photos by Terry Gilliam.

Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition Hosts Inaugural Poetry Showcase Aug. 1

For the first time in its history, the Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition will host a day dedicated to poetry on Aug. 1. The performance schedule includes recitations and readings by 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Champion Anna Kahle and other POL participants, Ohio Poetry Association poets, and Ohio Poet Laureate Dave Lucas.
Anna Kahle, a junior at Lima Central Catholic High School and Ohio Poetry Out Loud  state champion

Lima Student Wins 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Anna Kahle, a junior at Lima Central Catholic High School, was named the 2019 Ohio Poetry Out Loud state champion. She will go on to represent Ohio at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C., in April.
2018 Poetry Out Loud State Finals competitors Magnus Saebo, third place winner; Anna Kahle, 2018  second place winner; and Caroline Delaney, 2018 State Champion at the State Finals competition.

A New Semester, A New Grant Cycle...New Starts in 2019!

From arts opportunities in the classroom to fiscal goal-setting, this month's message from Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins looks ahead to the endless possibilities that await in 2019.

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