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Posted on Feb 11, 2019

Poetry Out Loud event canceled

Poetry Out Loud, a showcase of teen poetry at Quincy High School, will not take place this year.
“We just ran out of time,” said Kathy Hardiman, a QHS teacher who helped put on the event last year after a hiatus in 2017 due to weather. “We are passing this year, and we will see what next year brings.”
The event in 2016 saw a Quincy student, Wesley Thomas, advance from the QHS Poetry Out Loud to regionals and into state. Snow canceled the event in 2017, and in 2018, a sizeable crowd showed up at the QHS library to watch about a dozen students recite from memory two poems they had spent months memorizing.
Students picked out poems they liked from Poetry Out Loud’s national website,, memorized them, recited them in class, and received scores on skills, from memorization to accuracy.
These were not dramatic performances. Students could not use their hands or props. Nevertheless, the students really got into the poems, with some finishing their performances with breaking voices and wet eyes.
This year, the reason for the sadness is the contest is canceled again.
“It is very much of a bummer,” Hardiman said. “But I totally understand. We were running right up against it during Christmas break.”

By Sebastian Moraga,