'Poetry Out Loud' is making its way back to Monroe

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - "Poetry Out Loud" is making its way back to Monroe.

Barry Stevens and Scott Bell from the National Endowment of the Arts joined with Tyler Smith discussing the Poetry Out Loud event scheduled for February 15. Source: (KNOE)

The National Endowment of the Arts has presented the ‘Poetry Out Loud in previous years. During that time, two local students made their to the top 6 in the competition. One of those students came 2nd place in the state.

This morning we had Barry Stevens and Scott Bell from the National Endowment of the Arts stop by the studio to tell the benefits and importance the competition has on students.

Bell says the students will choose up to three poems from famous authors. Students will have to convey the poem in a meaningful manner to impress the judges and the audience.

Scott says this competition is a great art form that supports students to enhance their skills in poetry.

Students who compete and place will have the opportunity to compete in nationals for a $20,000 prize.

The event is Saturday, February 15, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts.

The Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts is located on 1300 Lamy Lane in Monroe.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information click on their Facebook page.